We have spoken at conferences and run workshops for many years. Wendy Usher Author and Director has been the key note speaker at many events an annually speaks at the National Autism Show.
Additionally we run many workshops at conferences for Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Childminders, Playworkers and parents.
Recent events have included speaking at the National Play Work Conference, Hertfordshire Out of School Conference, Surrey Play Work Conference and Milton Keynes Teaching Assistant Conference.
Workshops can be fun, interactive and playful or serious looking at inclusion and the world through the child’s eyes.
Please contact us with your requirements and we will send you further information.
The most important element of consultancy work in our view is communication, being able to listen and hear what clients are telling us. It is easy to helicopter in a service and provide a ‘quick fix’ however, there may be no ‘ownership’ of the action or activities taking place.
When undertaking work, we use an active listening approach to ensure we understand the brief correctly. We provide the client with an agreed workplan before embarking on work and keeping the client updated. The client knows that we respect their business and will represent on their behalf professionally and responsibly.
Examples of work
Three Rivers District Council asked us to review and re-write their play strategy from 2013-2016. It is great to see that some Local Authorities still believe in the value of play. We had the opportunity to review their play services a year ago, resulting in core funding to guarantee their play rangers service and increase the budget on capital spend in the development of new play sites. We have also been asked back to deliver some more training to their playworkers. Thank you Three Rivers for your custom!
We undertook a consultancy project for Mencap, looking at their Children’s Services and have worked with Yarlswood Detention Centre helping them to audit disability access in their buildings.
Consultation services include:
- Reviewing and evaluating services
- Supporting the creation of new services
- Consulting with service users including children and young people
- Mentoring and Group Training
- Facilitating Away Days
- Speeches and Presentations
We have also run consultation work directly with children to gain their views on services. We always want to hear the child’s voice.
Watford Borough Council Review of Staffed Play Provision:
Thank you for your presentation to Leadership Team, your report and presentation has been very well received and it is appreciated how much work and in depth analysis went into it and yet you succeeded in meeting all the project deadlines and delivered the final document 3 days earlier than the final deadline. I think that is the first time I have experienced that with a consultant!!!
Lesley Palumbo, Head of Community Services, Watford Borough Council
For more information and to discuss your specific requirements please speak to Wendy on 01234 391436 or contact us