The latest issue of the ICA:UK network newsletter is online today, with 24 pages of news, reports & features from ICA:UK and our members, partners & Associates in the UK and worldwide -download the pdf from our ICA:UK Network News page.

Broadening ownership in corporate planning.

How do you develop a new plan for organisational growth and success and, at the same time, design a process which provides the opportunity for full involvement of the organisation‘s members, staff, and partners? 

The article "Building a future together: Broadening ownership in corporate planning" by ICA:UK's Jonathan Dudding & Ann Lukens describes how we worked with Bron Afon Community Housing on their year-long journey as they sought to develop a new corporate plan, build up an internal team of facilitators, and strengthen the members‘ ownership of their future direction.

The article first appeared in e-Organisations and People Vol 18 No 3, Autumn 2011 and is reproduced by kind permission of AMED.  This special edition, "Building bridges through facilitation", is a collaboration with the International Association of Facilitators to mark the IAF 2011 European conference, Istanbul, Turkey, from 14 to 16 October 2011.  The whole edition of e-O&P may be downloaded from AMED, priced at: £27.50.

Building bridges through facilitation

ICA:UK has been successful in obtaining an Innovation Grant from the Global Poverty Action Fund set up by DFID. The funding, which covers two years of activities, is to enhance education for rural communities in Togo, supporting 8 communities in Zio District to improve the quality and sustainability of the schools they have set up to fill the gaps left by the national education system. The programme will be delivered by our partner, ICA Togo, with our support and guidance. We are really excited by this achievement and we plan that this programme will develop into an approach which can be used elsewhere in Togo and in other countries where rural communities are often neglected in drives for universal primary education which are often under-resourced.

Initiatives of Change is organising a Conference on "Learning to Live in a Multicultural World: Diaspora and Peacemaking in Europe". To be held in Caux, Switzerland from the 26th-31st July, the Conference will bring people from across Europe to discuss this very relevant topic and identify ways forward together. See more at the Conference website or download a Conference brochure.

ICA:UK and ICA Spain are supporting the organisers with the design and facilitation of the sessions, as well as running the Learning Track on facilitation in conflict.

See the latest report of the work that the facilitators trained by our partner SCR are doing with HIV+ people in Kenya- sharing their learning with their wider support groups and changing lives:

In March Jonathan visited the Water and Sanitation project in Uganda which is the focus of our current Globalgiving campaign. Read his report on

ICA:UK has recently been successful in applying for some money from Young Roots to undertake a new feminist webs project, 'Girls are Strong'. In order to comply with their guidelines, we need to have open recruitment for the 2 day per week coordinator post for this.  If you are interested in applying please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put 'Fem Webs Job' in the title.

We are very pleased and proud to announce that ICA:UK facilitation training courses have been approved for accreditation by the Institute of Leadership and Management

Our courses have always offered the very best training for facilitating groups, and we are pleased that our course participants will now have a new way to demonstrate their learning to clients and to current and future employers.

The Institute of Leadership and Management is the UK's largest awarding organisation for qualifications in Leadership, Management and Enterprise. Because ILM has approved ICA:UK  facilitation training courses, participants in our courses are eligible to register for an ILM Development Award for a cost of £25.  

The accredited facilitation courses include:

Registered participants also receive a year's studying membership with ILM.

In order to celebrate this new accomplishment and help spread the word, we are offering two absolutely amazing deals on our upcoming April and May courses:

£300 for three days of training – if you book now on the  April Group Facilitation Methods course and the Action Planning course that immediately follows it (April 5-7), you pay only £300 for both courses, including ILM Development Award certificates for both. Standard prices for both courses with the Development Award are £700 for public and private sector employees or £510 for voluntary sector employees, so this is a BIG discount. We are aiming to price this low enough that it will be worthwhile for people who taken the GFM before, because you will get a great review, plus the action planning course, plus two ILM Development Award certificates for a very low price. Book now using promotional code “ILM300P” to receive the discount.

15% off every course in May - We are running four courses this May, more than we have ever run on one month before! We have also spread them out across the UK with Group Facilitation Methods courses in Taunton, Gateshead and Belfast, so there is likely to be one near you even if you don’t live in Manchester or London. In order to make sure our courses are full, we are offering this discount in addition to any other group booking or voluntary organisation discounts. Book now using promotional code “MAY15P” to receive the discount.

Both of these deals are strictly subject to availability of places, so book right away to avoid disappointment!

Thanks to the generous support of individual donors, the HIV/AIDS project in Kenya is well under way. Implemented by our partner, Supporting Community Response, the first training of HIV+ facilitators took place in January 2011. Read the full report at

Here is a bit about Nick in his own words...

My name is Nicholas Rogers and I am currently doing a work placement here at the wonderful ICA:UK. I have been here for a month so far and I apologise that it has taken me this long to write this for you!  But it has been because I have been getting so involved in ICA:UK that I have not found time until now. I have been on the Group Work Skills training, which I would highly recommend for anybody who works with groups, the Group Facilitation Methods training, which I would recommend for everybody, and I have even been co-facilitating some of the teamwork and active citizenship training with the youth participation network. I plan to fundraise some money for the youth participation network as well as complete a resource pack which explores some key issues on what it means to be a young man in today’s society.

I am here from the University of Manchester where I am in my second year of the applied youth and community degree course.

I'll keep you posted!


Have a look at our Participation Resources Page for the 9 new and wonderful vox pop films we created at our recent conference which explore why participation is needed during a recession

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