Support and Training
A Stronger Voice for Consumers in the UK and beyond…
WA were asked by Consumer Focus www.consumerfocus.org.uk to review and redevelop their existing Stronger Voice Training Pack. Stronger Voice provides training for consumer, user and community representatives involved in the planning and delivery of services and the development of products. WA now manage and deliver this training to a wide range of organisations looking to up-skill people to take on representative roles.
Stronger Voice is supremely adaptable to meet the needs of anyone looking to empower their service users or consumers. It also offers valuable insights for anyone planning, managing or creating services.
We have wide experience in bespoking the Stronger Voice training package for specific audiences. Notable examples include working with the Egyptian Government to create a package for their emerging national consumer organisations and working with councillors at a district council to create a training package for members to develop their theory and practice as representatives of local communities and enhance and improve their role in the scrutiny process. This latter work was shortlisted in the Local Government Chronicle awards
Preparing volunteers to make a contribution to the education of children and young people
We also have experience in working with the charitable and private sectors in supporting them to develop volunteering programmes for their employees or members.
The British Humanist Association (BHA) to develop their members as volunteers to contribute to the education of young people.
HSBC (with Young Money (formerly pfeg) to develop employee volunteers to deliver financial education in schools.
HMRC to encourage employee volunteers to help young people to learn about the tax system.
Citizens Advice to explore with them how they could increase the contribution they could make to the financial and consumer education of young people.
Continuing Professional Development for teachers
Linked to continuing professional development WA partnership have a long background in working directly with schools and teachers (initial and in-service) to develop policy and enable schools to identify curriculum needs and implement curriculum change.
Local authorities: CPD in teaching and learning strategies and in financial and consumer education
Higher Education: In initial teacher education providing support for teachers in training to develop financial education
With charities: Working with Which? to encourage the provision of and to develop consumer education as part of the curriculum.
WA partnership team are also currently working with the Young Money (formerly pfeg) to support a range of projects designed to provide teachers with the skills and confidence to teach personal finance education.