Session Two planning, evaluation and feedback

This is the timetable for the session.

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The Value of Peer Led and Informal Groups

New learning requests

In week one, the group were asked about other learning needs they may have not already mentioned in the subjects for this series of workshops. This is a FREE online learning programme and we cannot predict what different groups specific learning needs maybe; in addition to what will be covered by the workshops.

Capture learning needs to be identified as the series of workshops unfold and at the end, reflect back and see if any learning needs are outstanding. If they are, this could be a new activity for the group to explore, where that learning maybe found and who can help.

New people joining the workshops who missed session one

This is the second session of the series of workshops, “Creating psychologically safe spaces in peer led and informal groups.”

In session one, it was suggested the maximum group size would be 12 but can be smaller depending on the number of people wishing to start a group. The decision for you as a facilitator; for session two, is whether people who didn’t attend session one can join and catch up, or if this is now a closed group. This decision is yours and the groups to make, as together you can decide what is most useful to achieve your goals.


To create an opportunity for people to explore the value of Peer Led and Informal Groups and to begin further exploration of the aims and purpose of the group the participants are planning to start, or where a group already exists, develop it further


  • To be introduced to a different wellbeing video from session one, as a tool the group can use in other settings to support creating a safe and relaxing space.
  • Create a safe space for people to share and reflect their thoughts and ideas from session one, and, where appropriate, enable new participants to the workshop to be aware of work done so far, and gather their ideas
  • To begin to consider the value of Peer Led and Informal Groups
  • Using a Vision Board, begin to create a common vision of the aim and purpose of the group participants are aiming to establish/develop further, if a group already exists.
  • Raise awareness of future sessions and what they shall cover
  • Invitation to reflect on learning from this session to be carried into session three around possible challenges to achieving the aim and purpose of the group and ideas on how they could be overcome

Materials needed

  • Laptop and projector and speakers
  • Access to the internet and links to videos
  • Room where group can work undisturbed which is comfortable and has surfaces to work on for creating the Vision Boards
  • Tea coffee and refreshments
  • Specific access requirements if needed e.g. portable loop system
  • Pens and paper for notes
  • Flipchart and pens
  • Postits for feedback
  • Colourful pens or images and text cut out from magazines and newspapers to make a Vision board, please refer to facilitators notes for details on using Vision Boards.
  • Paper for the Vision Boards and if planning to make them a permanent work card board to tick the Vision Board to, to improve durability
  • Slides
  • Camera if you decide to take pictures of the completed Vision Boards instead of, or, as well as the hard copy
  • Materials to support evaluation technique being used

Training techniques used

  • Mini lecture
  • Facilitated discussion
  • Facilitated discussion using ‘talking stick’
  • Video
  • Group discussion
  • Creative visualisation using Mood Boards
  • Reflection


This can be done over 3 hours, but really the group can adopt the times to suit them the following times are examples

9.00-9.30 Registration

9.30-10.30 Relaxation exercise and reconnect, each week try and offer a different wellness exercise, there are many to choose from online.

Help the group be in the room by offering this exercise, then invite people if they wish to share back their thoughts and ideas from the first session.

This may take more than 30min, consider the needs of the group. Also, if you have decided new people can join, you may need extra time to bring them up to speed on what was covered session one, and, gather their views and thoughts.

Time taken to establish a strong group is never wasted so go at a pace the group need. These timings are only suggestions.

10.30-11 Group discussion Following on from session one, discuss and capture on flipchart the aim and purpose of the peer led or informal group the participants are planning. If this was completed in session one, remind people of this, the discussion just held during reconnecting and check are any changes to be made to the aim and purpose. By continuing to refer back to the aim and purpose of this group it will help make the learning relevant and useful for the group’s goals.

11-11.15 The Value of Peer led and Informal Groups Mini lecture and video, acknowledge the kindness when others share their works on “YouTube

11.15-11.30 Tea Break

11-12.15 Group exercise building a Vision Board to use as a visual reference of what the participants are aiming for

12.15-12.30 Any final points, a reminder of next session and evaluation

Evaluation and feedback

It maybe you have your own feedback forms or again would like to use the ‘H’ diagram

  • Draw a large H on a sheet of flipchart
  • One side of the H write ‘What could we have done better’
  • On the other side of the H write ‘What did we do well
  • Under the bar of the H write ‘What could we do differently next time’
  • Above the bar of the H write on a sliding scale from 1-10 where 1 is poor and 10 is excellent

People are given postits and asked to complete one post it for each section, so in total there are 4 post its for each person, 3 comments and one a number score.

There are many forms of evaluation, this is a simple one people who maybe are uncomfortable with forms often enjoy.

For people with issues around writing, you may in advance of the session collect images which people can then select at the end of the workshop to express what they thought e.g. images of people with different facial expressions. Or, if you and the group feel safe to share openly have a discussion around how that went. Or ask people to draw an image to reflect what they thought of the session.

There are many evaluation techniques find one which works for your group. The main point is to find out, did the session meet the groups’ needs, what worked, what didn’t work and what maybe could be done differently next time

Thank people for coming and close


  • Saturday, 23 March 2019



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