Railfuture

Facilitating an Away Day for Railfuture

In 2014, I was asked by Roger Blake and Chris Page of Railfuture, a nationwide rail users lobbying organisation, to help them tackle a crisis. They were facing falling membership numbers and an increasingly disaffected volunteer group. They needed someone to come in and facilitate an away day with members to identify the underlying issues and agree a way forward…

Railfuture is a long-established, voluntary, independent and leading national organisation campaigning for a bigger better railway for passengers and freight. It pursues its campaigns through local branches in Scotland, Wales and 12 regions of England, and a small number of national policy groups.

In autumn 2014, Paul facilitated an all-day workshop for branches and groups representatives, developing an already-established annual awayday into a more outward-looking and focussed view of our activities and how we wish to project ourselves and our campaigns to a wider audience amongst the general public.

Paul was applauded for the extensive homework he had done on us in preparation for the day, getting to know our organisation and activities, having a very clear structure to take us through the day in a logical sequence, and being open about our successes as well as where we needed to be challenged. The use of a ‘thinking hats’ exercise and drawing together views on what we do well and what we stand for moved us to a clearer, more confident view forward.

The ultimate reward for Paul must be the knowledge that participants continued referring positively to his workshop throughout the following year until and through the next (internally-facilitated) workshop which built on the foundations he had laid.

Roger Blake

Railfuture

Many thanks to Roger Blake of Railfuture for that testimonial.

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