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Free online training: Active Bystander

Free online training: Active Bystander

Wandsworth Mediation Service has been running community training sessions for many years, enhancing people’s communication skills and conflict management. Our vision is to assist those in conflict and prevent future conflicts by helping people understand their feelings, express themselves clearly, and listen to others. We are excited to partner with Protection Approaches to offer Active Bystander training, which aligns with our vision by equipping people with practical tools to address prejudice and hatred.

We invite all those who work or live in Wandsworth to attend this free, 3-hour interactive online course. It will be led by Protection Approaches, an identity-based violence prevention charity, and has been developed in partnership with Britain’s East and Southeast Asian Network (besea.n). The session will guide participants through discussions on how they can actively address identity-based harms in their community, school, or workplace.

When: Mon, 17 June 2024 10:00 – 13:00

Where: Online. Joining details for the session will be emailed to participants 48 hours ahead of the workshop.

Book now: Click here to book. Spaces are very limited. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation so your ticket can be offered to another participant.

What is ‘active bystander’?

An “active bystander” describes somebody taking positive action to prevent or reduce harm to others when they encounter prejudice, discrimination, harassment, or identity-based violence. Being an active bystander is everyone’s responsibility – whether in moments of acute danger or in the actions we take to tackle long-term injustices.

You will learn:

  • What it means to be an active bystander: through group discussion, you will explore what being an active bystander means to you
  • Standing up for those targeted: working through a series of scenarios, you will consider and learn what you can do when you encounter prejudice, harassment, or identity-based violence such as a racist attack in a supermarket or an inappropriate comment from a colleague.
  • Proactive prevention: returning to the scenarios, you will reflect on the root causes of prejudice and discrimination before discussing ways you could contribute to dismantling those root causes and to building safer, more inclusive, and just communities.