September Newsletter

23 August 2018

September means back to school and in tandem with this, some of Building Change Trust’s partner organisations will be delivering four research, training and information sessions on Civic activism and Social Innovation throughout the month.

Youth Unemployment: Applying a Social Innovation Lens’


On Thursday September 6th, Workwest will be holding a seminar entitled ‘Youth Unemployment: Applying a Social Innovation Lens’ at the Houben Centre, Crumlin Road, Belfast. 


It will feature the launch of the final report from Social Innovation NI’s Knowledge Exchange Programme, ‘exploring how to improve employment outcomes for 16-18 year olds’, delivered by WorkWest. and will also be a chance for attendees to share ideas and build on collaborations developed through the Knowledge Exchange Programme.


Participants can sign up here


Transparency for Accountability


The Transparency for Accountabilitythe NI Open Government Network conference will take place on 13th September 9.45am – 4.30pm, Riddell Hall, Belfast

Sessions at this diverse and topical event will include


  • Beyond RHI: How to restore democratic accountability at Stormont
  • Trump on Trial and,
  • How will a Citizens’ Assembly work in Northern Ireland?


With speakers including Sam McBride from the Newsletter, Professor John Barry (Queen's University Belfast) and Rebekah McCabe (Involve,) Transparency for Accountability is sure to provoke lively debate and an exchange of wide ranging views.



You can register for your place here


Rethinking Engagement’ learning workshop


Rural Community Network and Community Places, will deliver a ‘Rethinking Engagement’ learning workshop on September 14th, to present the results of a civic activism project funded by Building Change Trust based on the Public Conversations Dialogue method.


The workshop will take place from 10am to 1pm, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast


This workshop will be perfect for those who are interested in, or whose role includes community engagement and will cover areas such as,

How do we engage better with citizens on the decisions that affect their lives?

What opportunities and challenges arise when creating spaces for dialogue?


Keynote speaker, Dr Claire Bynner from the University of Glasgow will reflect on insights from Scotland on her work on citizen engagement and participatory democracy. 


While the workshop is free to attend, registration is required.  Email your details to Tel 028 8676 6670.



Deliberative Public Engagement Training.


This two-day training course delivered by Involve, (27th to 28th September or 2nd to 3rd October) will introduce participants to the concepts, principles and practices of deliberative public engagement and its relationship to other forms of engagement.


Following training, participants will have,


  • An understanding of the key principles and concepts of deliberative public engagement;
  • Knowledge of the range of different methods, and their strengths and weaknesses;
  • The ability to effectively identify opportunities for deliberative engagement;
  • The skills to apply these concepts, principles, and practices in their day-to-day work.


Those wishing to attend can choose from two alternative two-day slots – please note attendance at both days in the chosen slot is mandatory:


for 27 & 28 September 2018 register here;

for 2 & 3 October 2018 register here.


The courses run from 9:30am - 4:30pm each day. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


Note: A limited number of spaces are also available for an optional 3rd day of training focused on facilitation methods and techniques (including tips and tricks for dealing with different scenarios). The Facilitating Public Dialogue and Deliberation course will take place on 4 October 2018 at the Ormeau Baths, Belfast. Register your interest in attending here.

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