Scottish Students learn how to build groups
25 May 2012
Last Saturday 19 May key organisers from across Scotland came together to gain the skills and confidence to grow groups on their campuses next year.
Sixteen students, from fledgling groups at nine different institutions from across Scotland, attended the training.
After an icebreaker the day started with an introduction to the People & Planet network including the Going Greener, Buy Right and Tar Sands Free Campaigns as well as the Scotland Sustainable Futures project.
Next was a session on how to build groups, followed by Ruth Cape from Edinburgh University People & Planet group sharing her expertise on how to organise a successful Freshers’ Week.
After a quick coffee break came a workshop on how to organise a great first meeting including some invaluable facilitation tools and how to use them!
Then it was time for lunch, consisting of lovely locally-sourced vegan and vegetarian wraps and sandwiches. Students took the opportunity to have a break, network with other participants and ask questions about the morning sessions.
The afternoon kicked off with a session on term planning, including recruiting people through the term and how to mobilise on campus. Then students had the opportunity to hone their communication skills with a workshop on how to communicate on campus, including some role play practice!
At the end of the day participants were given a bit more information about People & Planet and what the network could offer groups. This was followed by a question and answer session with staff and regional organisers.
It was then sadly time to pack up and start heading home, with students feeling energised and engaged to build their groups next year!
With so many students from new or fledgling groups, next year promises to be an exciting year for the network in Scotland!
Book now for our next event
Book now for the next Sustainable Futures event; Liberating the Curriculum on 1 June at Scotland’s Colleges in Stirling. Organised in partnership with Scotland’s Colleges and EAUC, this free event gives staff and students from colleges and universities across Scotland the opportunity to come together and share ideas about getting sustainability embedded in the curriculum.