Joanna and Stephen worked together to deliver a staff development process and day for Kids Company in Bristol, based on the idea of creating a ‘positive organisation’ that supports intensive educational and therapeutic services for children and young people. “The structure of the day was perfect, the right balance of input and activity, consequently the day was well paced, informing and inspiring. Our aim was to create a cohesive staff group, who would move onwards and upwards as one community, despite being spread out over five sites. Following the day the community spirit is certainly there and the energy among the staff is positive and forward looking. I can certainly recommend Stephen and Joanna to organise and facilitate training days.” Esther Keller, Director for Services for KidsCompany in Bristol.
We were able to bring together organisation development methods such as appreciative inquiry and ‘world cafe’ with creative tools in group work, visualisation and singing. The idea of a the group of 85 staff learning and singing a song in 5 part harmony encompasses listening, the parts being learned and then coming together and the power of connecting at a deep level – was ideal preparation for moving into collaborative activities later in the day. The singing session was delivered by Anthony Johnston www.realvoice.co.uk