An intriguing 2-day camp, exploring collaboration and stewardship of community-led change.

Teach Me sessions are workshops across the country focussing on sharing specific skills and insights from hosts who have actually applied these before and know what they’re talking about. Cutting edge technology, co-budgeting, facilitation skills, communications, movement building, power dynamics, group dynamics, culture and more!

There are only 30 spaces available on a first come first serve basis so get your tickets now!

When:  Due to the circumstances developing around Covid-19 this camp is postponed until further notice. Please email to register your interest for new dates.

Where: Stroud. Maypole Hall, Stratford Road, Stroud GL5 4AN

Accommodation: You will need to book your own accommodation in Stroud for this event.

About this workshop:

Join us for a two day Stewardship Camp in Gloucestershire, where leaders and activists have been learning how to collaborate to stimulate local systems change and build a culture that celebrates community driven action.

We recognise that no single organisation can initiate and sustain social change on their own. Most often we prioritise addressing the symptoms of specific issues, rather than working on the long-term root causes. Yet, we need to learn to collaborate, rather than compete if we are to achieve sustained systemic change.

In this two day camp we’ll explore how to bring people together in a place to build trust and lay the foundations for collective action. This learning experience includes 2 days of training and facilitation, including 2 lunches and an evening meal, where you will have the opportunity to take part in a campfire conversation event.

Day 1: In our first day together we will be exploring the relationship between community-driven action and systems change, building our understanding how people are stepping into the messy middle ground to bridge relationships between the two. During this workshop, we’ll also introduce the concept of stewardship and its relevance to community-driven change.

Day1 Evening Meal: Meet local change-makers from Gloucestershire and hear their stories over an evening meal at the Long Table, a sustainable food enterprise

Day 2: Diving deeper into Stewardship, we’ll explore how we can influence systemic change using our relationship as the foundation for collaboration. We’ll consider what this approach means for our own leadership and what leadership qualities are needed to steward social change across the system.

Purpose of the workshop: The workshop will explore how leaders and activists are working together to steward a shared culture, where community-driven change is valued and encouraged.

Who is it for? This workshop is for all changemakers who believe in social justice and ensuring every voice is included. They value relationships over prestige, power and position. They are curious about moving beyond a single issue and recognise the importance of mobilising people to develop a whole community vision that includes the interests of everyone.

You may be:

  • You’re likely to be interested in inspiring whole scale community-led action. You may be a leader in civil society, a community activist or hold a senior role in a social sector organisation.
  • You might have formal leadership experience as a commissioner or manager in a local council or you have influence as faith leader, elected member or run a community business.

Learning Outcomes

After the workshop you will have:

  • An understanding of how to bridge the gap between community driven social action and systems change.
  • Experience using tools and techniques that have enabled people to move beyond labels and connect with each other.
  • Explored the implications for leaders seeking to stimulate collective action.
  • Built a relationship with other change-makers, offering unexpected opportunities for collaboration.

Meet your hosts: Richard Holmes and Will Mansell

Richard Holmes is an experienced thought-leader, strategist and practitioner in Asset Based Community Development. Over the last 4 years he has developed and facilitated the Stewardship Circle as a means of supporting leaders to work together to build a social movement. Richard is an educationalist with extensive experience of working with both young people and adults. He brings humour, thoughtfulness and gentle challenge to encourage transformational change.


Will Mansell is Chief Executive of The Grace Network, a social enterprise incubator. Will believes that unlocking human potential through coaching and gift development is the missing link in generating change through social businesses. Linking together social capital, skill sharing and financial capital, The Grace Network has launched 7 businesses in the past 5 years. These are led by those with lived experience of poverty. Prior to The Grace Network, Will founded a number of anti poverty charities, worked for a UK Member of Parliament and briefly within social finance.

There are three different ticket options* and are first come first serve.

Tickets include 2 days of training and facilitation, including 2 lunches and an evening meal, where you will have the opportunity to take part in a campfire conversation event.

*Why are there three different ticket prices? Being an inclusive network is one of the core Losing Control principles and what that means is we are committed to include people from different backgrounds, sectors, and experiences as well as to make sure that ticket costs do not exclude Losing Control network members from participating. With that being said, the ticket sales for this event are just enough to cover the cost of running the Teach Me session. There are three different options so that those who are paid well to do their work or can afford pay it forward or standard ticket will be supporting other people to come along on a discounted ticket and travel bursary

Accessibility: The venue has step free access, if you have any particular concerns about accessibility please get in touch with to discuss more

08/06/2020 - 09/06/2020, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm