Facilitation Training


Our Facilitation Training course gives you the practical tools and techniques to make your meetings engaging and productive, both online and face-to-face.

A unique day of interactive and participatory learning to build your skills and confidence as a facilitator, meeting organiser or workshop leader.

We will look closely at what facilitation is, the role facilitators may play and how facilitating can encourage long term community development. The day will build the confidence of anyone keen to be a good facilitator and give them a solid basis on which to develop their own skills. There’ll be guidance and discussion on the different challenges and opportunities for on-line and face-to-face meetings. You’ll take part in engaging exercises and discuss where you might or might not use them. You’ll look at ways to work with people in large and small groups and how and when to leave a group to their own devices. The day covers the practical ‘tools and techniques’ that make meetings work.

"Very interesting event. Learnt a lot of great techniques."

Helena Merriott (Westminster Council)

Learn how to:

  • Plan enjoyable & productive meetings (online & face to face)
  • Discuss pro’s & cons of online vs face-to-face
  • Build a working relationship with an existing organisation or new group
  • Use appropriate tools and techniques (inc., online tools)
  • Work in ways appropriate to different communities
  • Deal with problematic situations
  • Evaluate facilitated processes

New for 2022 – free follow-up session!

Every course now includes the option of a 90mins follow-up session on Zoom. You will have the opportunity to discuss your recent experiences, be given time to practice what you’ve learned, and get feedback.

‘Fantastic!’ Matt Tudge (Brent Homeless Project)

Who should attend this course?

The event will benefit anyone working with groups of people in formal or informal settings. Whether a novice starting out, or an experienced facilitator wishing to expand on their techniques, the course will provide a valuable insight into good facilitation. This course gives you tools to use during your sessions. Our Advanced Facilitation course looks more at power dynamics, privilege and rank when working with groups.

"Extremely helpful with my facilitation’ "

Ruth Campbell (Waste Aware Scotland)

Course resources

Meet the trainer

Chris Church

Chris Church is a skilled and qualified facilitator, trainer and project development worker with over 25 years of experience. He has worked widely at international, national, local and community level.

He has delivered consultancy and training  for Talk Action to among others - Defra, The Environment Agency, Westminster Council, The European Commission, Friends of the Earth, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Groundwork, The Wildlife Trust, Natural England and the National Housing Federation. In fact there are very few organisations, community groups and national bodies that Chris hasn’t worked with in one capacity or another.

One of Chris’s main focuses in recent years has been enthusing those so called ‘hard-to-reach’ groups and disengaged – with great success across the UK!


Thinking bigger?

Bespoke versions of this course can be delivered at a date and locaton to suit you. Find out more about our bespoke and in-house training or get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Enquire about our Facilitation Training course

There are currently no scheduled public dates for this course

Please get in touch with us for more details on how you can attend.

Any questions? Want to know more?

We’re always happy to answer any questions about our course. Drop us a line on training@talkaction.org or call us on 0203 488 7010.