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Looking for a new approach to leading and facilitating groups?

A simple yet powerful truth is that the quality of everything we do depends on the quality of the thinking we do first.  

A Thinking Environment is a dynamic and empowering framework in which active listening becomes as important as speaking. An environment in which all are treated ‘equal as thinkers’ and one in which everyone is encouraged to take their thinking to the cutting edge. Creating this for groups will improve thinking and creative solutions, but also drive strategic decision making.

This training will introduce you to this framework using elements of immersive learning as well as hands-on learning by doing.

The training will be delivered online using zoom. 

What will I gain?

PRACTICAL TOOLS for transforming groups to generate fresh thinking and better outcomes.

NEW UNDERSTANDING for group process and neutralising negative power dynamics.

ADVANCED SKILLS in facilitating, communicating, and getting the best from others.

HANDS-ON-EXPERIENCE through giving it a go, immersing yourself and getting to know others

Trainer profile

Esme Butterfield has been delivering training and facilitation in the not-for-profit sector for the last 10 years. She uses the Thinking Environment framework as well as a mix of facilitation, training and coaching to enable individuals and teams to re-frame and challenge their thinking and move beyond their comfort zone. She has delivered multiple training courses at Oxfam GB over the last 6 years and coaches managers from charities across the sector.

Who should attend? 

This workshop will be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about managing and facilitating groups.  It is a participative workshop.

Benefits to you

You will leave the session with increased confidence and practical tools for enabling groups to work at their best and achieve outstanding thinking and creative strategically focusses solutions.

Thursday 17th March  2022

12.30 pm – 3.00 pm (2.5 hours) 

The training will be held online using Zoom


  • £35 per person for OCVA Members
  • £50 per person from a charitable organisation who are not OCVA members
  • £65 per person from a non-charitable organisation


Please note there are two steps to this process and both steps of the process will need to be completed to secure your place.

  1. Complete the Google bookings form and register your details
  2. Make payment via PayPal within two working days of registering for the course. We’re using PayPal for this event. Select ‘pay with a debit or credit card ‘ if you don’t have a PayPal account (there’s no need to sign in to PayPal). If you do not use Paypal, please email training@ocva.org.uk for an invoice. 

Step 1:

Step 2:

Choose payment type:

OCVA Members
£ 35.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Charitable Organisations*
£ 50.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Non charitable rate
£ 65.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Course details at a glance

Date: Thursday 17th March 2022
Time: 12.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Cost:  £35 – £65

Enquiries contact

When contacting us please state the name of the course your correspondence is in relation to.

Email training@ocva.org.uk or call us on 01865 251946

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