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Community Engagement Learning Programme

The Community Engagement Learning Programme has some interesting free courses over the coming months.

The Community Engagement Learning Programme (or CELP), organised by Wolverhampton Partnership has some exciting free courses over the coming months.

The courses, aimed at people in Wolverhampton who are involved with those such as communities, businesses and staff, provide a range of opportunities for all interests and abilities.

The CELP core module is the entry point for the wider programme. The two day course covers the theory and practice of community engagement.

We have 2 day courses taking place on:

24th and 25th April 2012

13th and 14th June 2012

People who have previously taken part in the core modules have said:

“The course has opened my eyes to new ways of approaching community engagement – from the importance of planning and using different methods, through to evaluation tools and reflective practice techniques. I would recommend the course to anyone who is involved with community engagement, no matter how long you have been doing it; the mix of theory and group based activities offers opportunities to learn, share experiences and see community engagement from new perspectives.”

“CELP is easily the most useful and thought provoking training I have been on for some time, and I’m eager to take on some of the further learning opportunities it opens up.”

The CELP also provides a series of Further Learning Opportunities.

Coming up soon are:

Setting up and facilitating focus groups – Learn how to use this popular consultation technique.
“A focus group is a group interview of approximately six to twelve people who share similar characteristics or common interests. A facilitator guides the group based on a predetermined set of topics. The facilitator creates an environment that encourages participants to share their perceptions and points of view. Focus groups are a qualitative data collection method, meaning that the data is descriptive and cannot be measured numerically.”

Policy Context: Localism Seminar – 23rd February 2:00 – 4:00p.m.
Learn how we can make Localism work for Wolverhampton. The first in a series of workshops to help managers, elected members, and practitioners from voluntary and community and public sector organisations understand the fast changing policy context.

Working in inclusive ways – 6th March 2012
Understand exclusion, disadvantage and discrimination in the context of community engagement.

Policy Context: Community, Patient, Service Users and Carer Engagement in the New Health and Social Care Landscape  – 19th June 2012 from 1:15 p.m.
The second in a series of workshops to help managers, elected members, and practitioners from voluntary and community and public sector organisations understand the fast changing policy context.

For more information or to apply for a place please go to

For an informal discussion please contact Sam Axtell, Consultation and Community Involvement Officer by phoning 01902 554918 or emailing

Coming later in 2012 ….

Watch out for:

  • The reflective practitioner’s toolkit
  • Planning your community engagement activity
  • Questionnaire and survey design
  • Facilitating community engagement activities

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