UTurn Workshop Leadership Training

After finishing off our DVD we decided that it’s so good that we wanted to take it into local schools in Redbridge, so we’ve been training up some of the UTurn group to lead workshops in their local school. This involved three days of training in a local youth centre and quite a lot of fun. Check out the pics.

Days 1 & 2

The first two days involved an introduction to the DVD and it’s features, a series of session exploring possible workshop techniques and some practice sessions, where the young people took it in turns to run a workshop with the rest of the group.

The group worked with us to develop their own workshop plan and a series of interactive activities designed to capture the discussions had in the workshops themselves.

Arslan taking notes. As the workshop Leader he’ll be responsible for keeping the workshops on track and on time.

Haider (in the foreground) and Suleman (in blue) will be responsible for working with workshop participants during the workshops and ‘controlling the crowd’.

The group drew up a series of simple workshop rules and Adil (foreground) will be responsible for ‘laying down the law’ at the beginning of each workshop.

Day 3

On the third day the group tried out the workshop skills they’d been practicing on some of their friends. At times it was tough but they did manage to get some grea discussions going and manage some unruly participants very effectively.

Arslan leading the group.

The group does an ‘energiser’.

Answering some tricky questions.

Haider gives out the IFlip cameras!

Kaider does the grilling in the break away groups.

With the training behind us we’re all looking forward to getting started at the school. Our first workshop is on the 16th March. Can’t wait! The sessions will involve young participants interviewing each other on IFlip cameras and the resulting videos will be uploaded onto a giant map. This web of opinions will then be made available for other young people doing the workshops in the future.

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