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Voice Activated: Developing Participation

Participation is about everybody, not just children and young people. It’s part of the Methodist Church’s bigger vision to see the whole Church participating more; making and moulding the shape and substance of the church, together. This equipping workshop is based on the Voice Activated Resources (produced by the Well) this interactive workshop will take attendees through the theories behind youth participation, equipping them with the knowledge and techniques to enable them to empower children and young people in the decision-making process of your church or project.


What is Participation?

Why does participation matter?

Models of Participation

  • Harts Ladder

  • Sheir’s Pathways of Participation

  • Treseder’s Degrees of participation

Group Development Theories

  • Tuckman’s

Common pitfalls in group work

Understanding different personality types found in groups

Plotting the journey to develop a more participative church

Things that will help children and young people participate

Participation Project Action Plan – Activity

Overcoming barriers to participation

How to creatively hear the voice of children and young people

Further resources to help

This course is also available as a two hour webinar.