Big Weekend Workshops

The Big Weekend is just over a week away, and is really beginning to take shape! To whet the appetite of those joining us in London, and perhaps to convince those still to make the right decision, here’s a taster of the SKIP training workshops filling the days at 2014’s first #SKIPBW

Networking Sessions

A chance to meet with your parallel role from other branches and National. This session will provide you with support for the remainder of the SKIP year and point you in the direction of further resources. It will give you a chance to discuss and share ideas with other branches and clear up any of your role specific concerns!

Branch Meetings

Meet with your National buddy and mentor. Time to discuss your recent pre project forms and talk about expectations and worries for the rest of the SKIP year. Come prepared to talk about your branch!

Training Tracks

  • Treasury 2 Calling all treasurers!! In this workshop we will be running through managing skip money, financial transfers, and (most importantly!) treasury on project. This workshop will be essential in ensuring a financially successful project. Look forward to seeing you all 🙂 
  • How to run a captivating training day  For most students (and the world in general!) the image of a dull looking lecturer appearing in front of a class with his boring powerpoint and speaking with no variation in tone for 30 minutes longer than the allotted slot is not far from the front of our minds. That will not be us! This workshop will introduce basic tools to help you plan, deliver and evaluate your training sessions for the biggest impact and the most fun.
  • How to plan your interventions “if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” In this session we will go over the project cycle, explain where the Gdrive project documents fit into this and help you work through any problems or concerns with your intervention planning to make sure your branch is primed for an effective and successful project.
  • How to keep your team working Let’s aim for the best ever team of people. SKIP is full of teams, so that seems a good place to start. But what is a good team? How can we get the most out of the people in it? And what happens when things start to get a bit stormy? This workshop will consider what practical steps we can take to maximise our teams and consider how a better understanding of how groups develop can help navigate the ups and downs of being in a team.
  • How to keep kids safe – an introduction to child protection What is a child protection issue? How can you identify kids at risk on project and what do you do with that information? This session will help you understand how to implement the SKIP child protection policy on the ground, help you recognise and act upon concerns. We will also consider how our child protection policy links in with local child protection laws. Expect a challenging and interesting session with role playing and lots of discussion.
  • How to create and maintain a good relationship with your partner organisation The relationship that we build with our partner organisations can be one of the most important factors to developing a successful project. But what can we do to make these relationships as strong as possible? What can we do at the beginning to make good foundations and what can we do later if things are looking a bit shaky? This workshop will consider what makes a strong relationship with your partner organisation, and what you can do to facilitate this. It will also explore what are the key problems people experience with their partner organisations and methods of approaching these.

Global Health

What can we learn from the world around us? What can we bring to the global health table with our SKIP experiences? These global health workshops will use a case study to provide a foundation for considering some of the big global health questions, and will be built on in future Big Weekends.

Interventions Clinics

Make visible progress towards taking your interventions to the next level with these drop in sessions. Come discuss your ideas and problems with other SKIP members who have had similar difficulties, or thought of innovative ways to approach the problem. Ask the trainers about tools you can use, or how we can best apply our monitoring and evaluating tools to these interventions. These sessions will allow you to tackle problems specific to your branch, as well as be inspired by others’ ideas.

  • Health promotion
  • Capacity building, agricultural development, provision of shelter, translators and counterparts
  • Education, creative activities, sports and games
  • Practical health activities, basic first aid
  • Care programmes
  • Needs assessment, research withdrawal

Training Tracks II

  • How to recognise and manage critical incidents on project (i.e. how not to panic!) Unsure of when to contact the EB/NC over the summer? Worried that you won’t know what the next step is? If something almost happens, but no harm is done, does this need to be reported? What is a near miss? This interactive workshop aims to help you answer all these questions and more so that your project runs smoothly and effectively for many years to come!
  • How to ensure volunteers have an amazing experience This session is all about volunteer welfare, and making your volunteers come back from project inspired and happy. We will be thinking about things you can do before, during and after project so volunteers can make the most out of time in SKIP. Topics will include managing expectations, handover, dealing with upsetting issues on project and volunteer debriefing.
  • How to plan your interventions 2 – because one is just not enough, this session will pick up where session one left off and continue to work through the project cycle for each of your interventions to get them ship shape and ready for project
  • How to be a good leader and motivate people Have you ever felt out of your depth trying to lead a team in or out of SKIP? Have you ever found it difficult to judge how to manage different situations? This session will consider how we can all be better leaders, how we can inspire and motivate people, and what to do when your team isn’t working quite as you want it to despite that. How can we make sure we have effective and efficient projects? This workshop looks on the ground communication, sharing of information, defining roles and responsibilities and keeping everyone motivated and at their top of their game! Come armed with anecdotes of inspiring/amusing/terrifying leader stories!
  • Mandatory training in practice When even the words “mandatory training” drill boredom and dread into the most enthusiastic SKIP member, how can you make sure that your volunteers are ready for the summer, and (even better) actually enjoy your training?! This session will consider how to approach mandatory training topics as well as building on basic training skills to think about making any training even more engaging.
  • Sexpression “Sexpression:UK is an independent network of students projects based at UK universities, we believe in empowering young people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health through education” External trainers Sexpression are providing us with a session on facilitation skills. This training session will provide you with ideas and skills for when discussing topics relating to sexual health out on project.

Hopefully this gives a good idea of what to expect from the Big Weekend and will let branch committees pick out the workshops they think will most benefit them in preparing for their summer project!

Any questions about the training sessions should be directed to Kate, our  wonderful National Committee Training Coordinator-


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