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Participants at a Turning the Tide workshop share examples of campaigning success on large pieces of paper.
Participants at a Turning the Tide workshop share examples of campaigning success.

Most Turning the Tide workshops are offered as bespoke support to campaigns, groups and other organisations working for peace and justice at a grassroots level.

We offer all workshops and trainings free on request: we only ask for expenses and a donation. Our volunteer trainers are highly skilled in supporting groups with all sorts of issues, and deliver workshops supported by our staff team. Find out more about us.

We sometimes run public workshops, and every year we invite applications to participate in a Turning the Tide course: a series of linked workshops.

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What sort of workshops do you offer?

In a Turning the Tide workshop, participants learn practical skills to build better and stronger movements. We don’t see ourselves as the ‘experts’: our role is to facilitate a session that enables you to find your own solutions.

The core areas that we offer workshops on are:

  • Effective campaign planning
  • Strategy days
  • Preparation for nonviolent direct action (NVDA)
  • Facilitation skills training
  • Sustainable social change & avoiding burnout

Is what you’re looking for not listed above? Tell us your requirements anyway: if we can’t help, chances are we know someone who can.

How to request a workshop

*** We aren’t able to take on any new workshops requests at the moment- but feel free to get in touch as we may be able to sign post you elsewhere! ***

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Our courses

Every year we also offer courses to individuals who want to develop their social change work further.

A course is a series of linked one-day workshops that equip participants with the skills and increased confidence to do social change work better.

There is always a strong emphasis on the participants applying the learned skills to their own issue, campaign or project.

There are no courses currently scheduled.

To find out when applications open for our next course, we recommend you sign up to receive our e-newsletter.

Testimonials from workshop participants

“Clear aims and got everybody involved. We were not just listening to given knowledge but learned from each other.”

– Nonviolent direct action training for Trident Ploughshares (offsite link) (2016).

“A strong mix between 1) the rewards of small group work – trust, in-depth feedback, understanding of each other’s work, 2) the wider network created by working as a whole group.”

– Participant on Faith, power and peace: a course for Quaker peacemakers delivered in collaboration with Diana Francis in 2015.

“The facilitators were excellent, professional, down to earth and approachable. We are grateful to you and them for a worthwhile and insightful experience”

– Two participants on Hexham Debates (off-site link) “So what do we do?” workshop (2014)

“I now feel much more comfortable about limiting the activities [Foundation for Common Land] commits to to a narrower range but try and do them better.”

– Strategy day for the Foundation for Common Land (offsite link) (2015).


Other questions? Email us: turningthetide(a)quaker.org.uk