Facilitating Effective Catchment Groups

Time: 3 full days & 2 x 1.5 hr online sessions

Delivery Style: face-to-face & online

Complexities and conflict come hand-in-hand with land and water challenges. And catchment groups need to last.

Facilitative leaders, who actively foster the leadership of others, help set groups up for success in the long term, rather than failure when a leader retires.

A training opportunity is available to help.

Who the programme is for

Facilitators, Chairs and Coordinators of catchment, landcare and similar groups.

Those setting up a catchment group or involved already who are looking for facilitation and leadership skills to build community capacity, buy-in and action.

What the course covers

The course builds skills for effectively facilitating a group, including cultural aspects relevant to Aotearoa New Zealand.

It includes key tools and methods tailored to what a catchment group needs to plan for, and make decisions about. It links directly to the catchment planning cycles developed by Beef + Lamb NZ, and NZ Landcare Trust.

The course includes the internationally recognised Technology of Participation (ToP™) methods: These are used extensively in rural development and natural resource management all over the world. During the Decade of Landcare in Australia, more than half of all Landcare facilitators were trained in ToP™ methods.

What to expect

Confidence to facilitate effective meetings and workshops with a catchment group – developed through hands-on practice in the workshop.

Know-how and confidence to design a catchment group’s journey through visioning, planning and action, making sense of complex information and drawing together divergent aspirations.

Skills to foster engagement and participation in a way that ensures everyone can fully contribute and commit to decisions and actions.

An introduction to some cultural considerations and questions for facilitators, related to catchment facilitation in an Aotearoa – NZ context.

Tips for facilitating effectively online with a catchment group

Participants receive:

A course workbook

Access to online resource library

Post-course mentoring to apply and embed the skills and further build confidence.

What our clients have said

“I will be using these methods on starting several catchment groups over the next five months. I will move some groups that I work with away from the ‘board meeting’ style of running their group.”

“Have clearer aims and purpose to better benefit groups towards realising their goals, actions and purpose. And value!”

“I will use these methods to facilitate organising a catchment action plan for our catchment. Can also see direct applicability outside catchment management and in other industry.”

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