Online Active Bystander Training offered to hosts of WWOOF UK
Trustees and staff at WWOOF UK are inviting hosts to attend an online Zoom workshop for Active Bystander Training. Our aim is to give members the skills and confidence to challenge unacceptable and uncomfortable behaviours whether to do with race, religion, gender, age, other protected characteristics or unacceptable situations.
We feel that this event is relevant in today’s wider society and made even more personal to us by the uncomfortable experiences of a volunteer on a WWOOF exchange. It was this volunteer who recommended this training to us and as inclusive as we may strive to be, clearly there is still room for education and improvement.
We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members and hope there will be good take-up for this event. Spaces are limited to 40 in total. It will be live and interactive and hosts have been asked to only sign up if they are free at the appointed time and willing to fully participate. Otherwise a space which someone else could have used will have been wasted. WWOOF UK will then work out how we can spread the information [gained from this training] throughout our network.
Active Bystander Training says: “This innovative and award-winning training gives you the skills to challenge unacceptable behaviours, including those which may have become normalised over time. It is essential for everyone to know how to speak up when problems arise.”
WWOOF UK says: “WWOOF has always been a broad church and we have strived to be as open and inclusive as practicable in our membership. There’s always room to learn and to improve though, and we’re keen to help our community think even more deeply about how to create a fully supportive environment, so that all may feel safe in the knowledge their visit will be free from hurtful comments, harassment or bullying.”
The session will be held on Tuesday 9th November, 7.30 – 8.30pm.
To book your place, please contact us with the subject heading – ABT session.
For more information on Active Bystander Training click here.
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