As part of many of the projects we work on, WSA Community Consultants provides training to help its clients achieve their goals. This may involve group sessions or one-to-one capacity building. 

Community-focused training courses

WSA 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 also offers tailored training and can work with you to design and deliver the bespoke training that you need for your organisation or group. All our current courses are certified under Continuous Professional Development (CPD).


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!

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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 May 2021, 10am – 4pm

>Next course: Tuesday 28 September 2021, 10am – 4pm

>Course outline (PDF)

>Booking Form

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 25 May 2021, 10am – 4pm

>Next course: Tuesday 12 October 2021, 10am – 4pm

>Course outline (PDF)

>Booking Form

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: Wednesday 24 February 2021, 10am – 4pm

>Next course: Tuesday 8 June 2021, 10am – 4pm

>Next course: Tuesday 26 October 2021, 10am – 4pm

>Course outline (PDF)

>Booking Form

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.

>Next course: Tuesday 23 February 2021, 10am – 4pm

>Next course: Tuesday 22 June 2021, 10am – 4pm

>Next course: Tuesday 9 November 2021, 10am – 4pm

>Course outline (PDF)

>Booking Form

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 practise.

>Next course: 6 sessions starting from January 2021. Please contact us for more information around dates.

>Course outline (PDF)

>Booking Form

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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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