Cohort #1 included participants from: Abigail Housing, St. Augustine's Centre, BEACON Bradford, Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network, AVID, Southwark Refugee Community Forum, CARAS and Brushstrokes.
Cohort #2 includes participants from: Doctors of the World, Bristol Hospitality Network, Sheffield City of Sanctuary, Refugee Action, Refugee Women Connect, Bristol Refugee Rights, Helen Bamber Foundation and PAFRAS.
Here’s some things participants in Cohort #1 said:
“Do it and get involved! The combination of great facilitating and bringing together like minded people/organisations throughout the UK was fantastic”
“Being in the position of the participant really helped me understand what it must be like for our clients joining our groups and what a positive experience could look like”
“It was really well facilitated - one of the best bits of training I've ever done (and I feel I've done some good training in the past). Really great working with others.”
In addition, there's guidance about how organisations can run effective groups with Experts by Experience. View it here.
Up to 12 participants attend four weekly 3 hour sessions. Training is delivered using an experiential approach; participants doing the activities themselves and then unpacking and reflecting, and discussing how they'd work in different contexts etc.
The EBE groups pilot organisations met regularly to discuss their ideas, progress and challenges.
We want to continue holding space for people doing this work to come together to share and develop good practice. You can sign up to our Meet Up page to stay up to date and join in these conversations on our experts-by-experience Slack channel.