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Exploring Collaborative Behaviours, 1st & 2nd Oct 2013, Cookstown

Collaborative Behaviours

This 2 day workshop for leaders within voluntary and community organisations explores the links between culture, values and behaviours in effective collaboration. In essence it explores the “soft things” which come into play in setting up and working within collaborative partnerships - it’s about developing and managing relationships in order to achieve long term success.

“I learnt lots especially on working equally on people, processes and people”

“It will help me with working on my current collaboration project and also communicating internally with other staff”

The workshop will explore the kinds of thinking and attitudes we hold and the behaviours we demonstrate that can make it either easy or difficult to collaborate. Proven frameworks and tools to support your thinking and offer challenge to your actions will be explored and you will apply and test these against your own experience so that you can put the theory into practice.

This is an interactive workshop and by the end of it you will be able to:

  • Identify the benefits and challenges of collaboration.

  • Analyse your personal values and beliefs about collaboration.

  • Promote behaviours which support collaborative working.

  • Develop a collaborative culture within your organisation.

This 2 day course will be of particular interest to:

  • Directors, CEOs and managers of organisations

  • People who regularly work in collaboration with others

  • Project managers and team leaders

  • Development officers

  • Neighbourhood and community workers

  • Development consultants

About the Facilitators

Stevie Johnston: Senior Associate, Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC)

Stevie is a Senior Associate of IISC, a not for profit organisation which specialises in developing collaborative approaches to social change. Stevie both designs and facilitates multi-stakeholder collaborative projects and provides specialised leadership training for those involved in these initiatives.

Before moving to IISC he was the Director of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) in Northern Ireland, an adult education body whose mission is simply to ‘make learning irresistible.’  Whilst with the WEA he specialised in leadership and the creation of intersectoral partnerships and produced, in conjunction with IISC, the Building Successful Partnerships Resource Manual. 

He holds a BSc in Social Administration, an MSc in Social Administration, Policy and Planning and an MBA from the University of Ulster and graduated in the Leadership in Democracy Programme with the US Federal Executive Institute. He has taught both Partnership Development and Community Leadership on graduate and post graduate programmes.

Grace Henry: is a Freelance Consultant skilled in organisation development and change management with over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary community and healthcare sectors. 

Previous roles have included Charity Director, Director of Integration and Change, Head of Organisational Development directing business development and managing large-scale change management and integration projects. 

Accomplished in project management and working within complex partnerships she has lead on the merger of Age Concern NI and Help the Aged and the creation of Age NI as well as on organisational restructuring in Northern Ireland and the UK.

Grace is passionate about organisational culture and people development, a skilled communicator with significant experience in collaborative working along with building and developing effective teams.


Rural Community Network    

*CollaborationNI is a framework funded by  Building Change Trust.

CollaborationNI providespractical support and resources across the whole spectrum of collaborative working to voluntary and community sector organisations


When : 1st & 2nd October 2013, 9.30am – 4.30pm each day

Where: RCN, 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown

Cost: £50 lunch will be provided)

To book a place contact Collaboration NI
Tel: 9087 7777 E-mail: leeann.kelly@nicva.org

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