Are children and young people important to your organisation’s efforts?

More than ever before, involving children and young people in the design of services that impact them is crucial.

Whether you’re in government, healthcare, sports and recreation, public transport, education or vocational pathways, involving young people in the design and delivery of your services will make your efforts more successful.

This workshop series will give you the confidence to engage with young people successfully. Underpinned by co-design principles, you will learn as you go from an expert facilitator, from other participants and from applying new methods to your own work.

Day 1 workshop: Planning your engagement with children and young people

Day 1 will help you plan and design your engagement with children and young people. It will take you through the key questions you need to consider before you leave the comfort of your office.

You’ll learn from relevant case studies of engagement with children and young people and you’ll leave with a completed Engagement Canvas for a project you are considering.

After Day 1 you will understand how to:

  1. Frame a realistic and achievable purpose for your engagement
  2. Apply Hart’s Ladder of participation to engagement design
  3. Use food and play to meet children and young people’s needs
  4. Incorporate tikanga Māori into your engagement
  5. Evaluate your engagement without inducing survey fatigue
  6. Work with children and young people safely and ethically
  7. Structure your engagement so it’s not a one-hit wonder.

Day 2 workshop: Facilitation for engagement with children and young people

If Day 1 is about planning, Day 2 is about practicing engagement with children and young people.

The aim of this workshop is to build your confidence in facilitating with children and young people. Face-to-face interactions are essential to building trust with children and young people.

If you’re wondering how to facilitate events and conversations where children and young people can thrive, this practical workshop is for you.

After Day 2 you will understand how to:

  1. Apply Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs when working alongside children and young people
  2. Tailor your engagement methods to different age groups
  3. Create a safe space for diversity
  4. Safely involve young people in decision-making
  5. Create mana enhancing spaces for everyone, even those children and young people who find it hard to focus
  6. Use technology to strengthen your engagement with children and young people.

Who should attend?

This training is for anybody whose work impacts children and young people. It will be most valuable for:

  • Council officials responsible for positive youth development
  • Central government officials who want to better understand the needs of children and young people
  • Sport and active recreation staff who want to reverse the trend of declining youth participation
  • DHB or PHO staff who want to codesign services with children and young people
  • Non-profit staff members who want to better meet the needs of children and young people in their community.

The content is designed for people who are new to engagement with children and young people but it will also provide a valuable extension for more experienced practitioners.

About the Presenter

Paul McGregor:
People describe Paul as an insightful guide through complex issues. Before joining Business Lab, Paul was a key member of Lifehack, a systems-level intervention in youth mental health and well-being that focused on co-design and capability-building. The Lifehack team open-sourced all their resources and learnings to improve the capability of organisations to co-design with young people.

Paul has facilitated engagement with children and young people processes from Kaitaia to Christchurch, with clients from central government, local government and community organisations. His workshops are well-known for their engaging content and delivery style, with bullet-pointed PowerPoint slides nowhere in sight.

Connect with Paul on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulrmcgregor/

Dates & Locations

One Day Workshop - Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Two Day Workshop - Tuesday, 12 November & Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Quality Hotel Parnell
10-20 Gladstone Road, Parnell

One Day Workshop - Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Two Day Workshop - Tuesday, 26 November & Wednesday, 27 November 2019
BreakFree on Cashel
165 Cashel St, Christchurch

Wellington date previously listed has unfortunately been cancelled.

What others say…

"Paul has undertaken and led a series of youth hui’s for Sport NZ over the past six months. Not only have we been extremely impressed by the process Paul took to prepare but more importantly the way in which he created a safe and inclusive environment for both young people and adults to participate and openly share ideas and collaborate."
Fran McEwen, Young People Strategy Lead, Sport NZ

"We wanted someone with more than just facilitation skills and Paul stood out on recommendation and then in practice as a skilled guide through the co-design process we had embarked on. Above all, I was impressed with Paul’s ability to absorb the complexities of our work, gain the trust and respect of a broad and diverse group of stakeholders and reframe processes to adapt to the changing flow of discussions."
Vanushi Walters, General Manager, Youthlaw

"I didn’t have any concerns before the workshops because I had seen Paul in action and liked his style. The ease of communication both before and during the event was awesome. The presenting style was so fresh and full of energy, which I loved. Paul rocked. Such a cool mannerism about him and so super helpful. THANK YOU!"
Lesley McIntosh, Manager, Community Sport, Sport Tasman

"Thank you for the extra tips on facilitation. The training was absolutely amazing, helped me put my first step into facilitation. I’ll be applying some of my learning from the training into my upcoming orientation. Can’t wait!"
Participant at Facilitation Training, Red Cross Refugee Resettlement Worker

Price & Registration

One Day Workshop
Price - $250.00 + GST

Two Day Workshop
Price - $375.00 + GST

If you are sending 5 or more delegates, please email us for a discounted rate.

Registration process

Payment online is by VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.
Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Feona Horrex on 06 878 3456 or email: feona@grow.co.nz

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $50.00 plus GST per attendee service charge

If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

All cancellations must be received in writing (email). 

Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

Further Details

Morning tea and lunch are included.

Post-Event Takeaway Reference Material

In line with our sustainability objectives, conference presentations will not be distributed in hard copy but will instead be available via a weblink to be advised via email following the conference.

Commitment to Access and Equity

We are committed to access and equity and endeavour to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact our team at 06 878 3456 if you require special assistance. In order to assist us in understanding delegate needs, please advise your access requirements as early as possible. Request at late notice may not be able to be met.

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For further details, please contact:
Feona Horrex at feona@grow.co.nz or
Phone: 06 878 3456