WSA Community Consultants are passionate about supporting everyone working with communities. WSA provide training to help clients achieve their goals. This may involve set group sessions, bespoke training workshops or one-to-one capacity building. 

Community-focused training courses

Blue and white logo on grey and white checked background. Reading Accredited cpd couse. The CPD Standards Office CPD provider: 21254. 2021-2023WSA Community Consultants’ training programmes are based on our extensive experience, and we have worked to develop a range of courses for a wide variety of people who work with communities, including those in local authorities, housing associations, health and the voluntary sector . Some of the courses listed below have been developed by Community Works Training, which is a partnership between Mandy Wilson and WSA Community Consultants.

WSA provide high quality training to those who either work directly in community development or have an aspect of their role which demands knowledge and skills around community engagement, inclusion or development. 

WSA works to design and deliver community development training which is informative, grounded in theory but practical in outlook. All courses are participatory and experiential in style.

WSA offer four one-day community development training courses that can be taken individually or as a full set as they are designed to complement each other.

  • Understanding Community Development course is designed to strengthen your understanding of community development and the theories that underpin it.
  • How to Engage with Communities course looks at creative methods of engagement and shares tools and examples of this whilst focussing down on the purpose of engagement.
  • Evaluating Community Development and Measuring Change course deep dives into the community-based evaluation and practical tools how to measure impact of your work.
  • Train the Trainer: Peer Training and Facilitation course covers what to put in place for facilitators to deliver a positive training experience for community groups.

More information about each course and dates can be found below. All our current courses are certified under Continuous Professional Development (CPD). All our courses are delivered by experienced Community Development practitioners bringing real examples of work with communities. WSA’s Director is also a qualified facilitator of Action Learning which is a unique way to tackle real problems or issues in order to get things done, where a small group of individuals will meet regularly over a period of time to discuss and tackle issues they are facing.

WSA Community Consultants can also work with you to design and develop a bespoke training course to address your training needs or strategic objectives of your organisation. Whether it be one of the four courses above that has been customised to your organisation or designing something specific to your needs or getting together a group for Action Learning. We are happy to discuss your training requirements so please do get in touch with us to discuss your specific training needs.


The WSA team delivered fantastic training! Although I was originally dreading another day ‘Zoomsday’ event, (As most of us working remotely throughout lockdown can attest to. lol )

From the resources, to the literature, to the way our thinking was challenged, it became immediately apparent that a lot of thought had gone into planning this training! The exercises were well thought out and facilitated. – But most importantly extremely impactful. They left me feeling confident on a professional level; to use the relevant jargon and terminologies in the relevant contexts, and unexpectedly on a personal level where I was able to combat my fear of speaking in front of strangers.

The WSA team were extremely warm and welcoming, plus their wealth of knowledge coupled with the experience of other participants made the training day thoroughly enjoyable.

I can’t believe we covered so much in one day and can’t wait for the next training day!

Course Participant, Understanding Community Development Practice

Our courses

Understanding Community Development Practice

Aimed at those who are looking to strengthen their understanding of Community Development, this course looks at the values and principles that underpin good community development. It provides an opportunity to explore and reflect on practice and the impact it has on communities. People looking to incorporate community-development processes into other roles have also found this course valuable.

>Next course: Tuesday 11 October 2022, 10am – 4pm

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How to Engage with Communities

Designed for community-engagement practitioners who want to use creative methods of engagement and facilitate community-led development.

People in a variety of roles that require facilitation and engagement skills and methods will find this course useful.

>Next course: Tuesday 8 November 2022, 10am – 4pm

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Evaluating Community Development and Measuring Change

Designed for people who work with community groups, projects or programmes, this training helps participants develop a clear understanding of community-based evaluation. It also provides some practical tools to strategically plan and measure the impact of the work you do.

>Next course: Tuesday 29 November 2022, 10am – 4pm

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Training the Trainers: Peer Training and Facilitation

Participants will gain a clear understanding of what they need to put in place to deliver a positive training experience, as well as considering different learning styles and how to create a productive learning environment. They’ll consider the facilitation skills needed to help in the role.

Working in small groups or individually, participants will have the opportunity to practice delivering an aspect of training to the rest of the group. Constructive peer feedback will be encouraged.

>This course is offered as a bespoke commission. Please contact us for further details.

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Action Learning

Action Learning is a unique way to tackle real problems or issues in order to get things done. Action Learning brings individuals together in small groups where they can explore issues around their direct experience and develop actions around them through the support and exploratory questions of a group. Through Action Learning participants will work within their Action Learning group to tackle real problems or issues. Participants will explore issues around their direct experience and work with the support and exploratory questions of the group in order to develop effective actions for their practice.

>Next course: 6 sessions starting from Spring 2022. Please contact us for more information around dates.

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To sign up for one of our courses please download the application form and email us at

Discounts available for bookings of more than one person per course and/or by booking multiple courses


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