The ACE Way

Community Development Training and Mentoring

Building Skills for
Community Transformation

Building on over 12 years experience at the heart of our community, ACE is offering training and mentoring to help develop the skills and knowledge to work for change in your community.  

We know the theories, but we also understand the challenges of putting them into practice.

We know how to make it work!’

“The ACE Way training has been an invaluable resource for our team. The mini workshops were great at focusing our attention on how we might apply the learning to our own projects. It’s set us off on our own journey of community asset development!”

Tina Taylor, Early Years Integration Team Coordinator, Carmarthenshire County Council

The ACE Way

Using a mix of case studies and stories from our work, community development theory and practical activities, we will explore:

What is Community?
What we mean when we talk about community

How can local people make change?
How local people have built their own organisation to make change, tackle poverty and promote wellbeing

What are Community Development Principles?
What we can learn from Asset Based Community Development, Co-production and Community Organising principles and approaches

How do you Build a Community?
How we can combine these approaches to build community, tackle local challenges and work for political change

Using Local Strengths
How we can build on local strengths to develop a range of community led projects to promote wellbeing (including plenty of examples!)

Practical Challenges
What the challenges are in practice, and what we can do about them!

Celebrate Success
How we can celebrate and harness every day people’s stories for community transformation

Useful Tools & Techniques
How to use tools like Most Significant Change (MSC) and Appreciative Inquiry to help us learn from and evaluate our work

The ACE Way is aimed at people who work in community organisations, local authorities, housing associations and other third and public sector organisations. We can adjust the training content to fit your specific circumstances and interests.

Just drop us a line!

Training can be delivered over one or two days, online or in person. We can accommodate between 8 and 20 participants.
Please contact us to discuss and to make a group booking.

ACE Mentoring

We are also offering mentoring services to organisations in Wales, helping to make practical plans to move forward with your ambitions. The sort of topics we can help with include:

• Developing participation in your community
• Building a community organisation run by local people
• Developing local leadership
• Co-designing and co-producing a range of community led projects
• Developing organisational strategic plans (including Theory of Change)
• Funding strategy and fundraising
• Participatory monitoring, evaluation and learning (including Most Significant Change approach)

Please contact us to discuss possible reductions for community organisations and charities

Next training session:

online training course
13th December, 10am - 4pm
£80 per person.

Covering topics include:

What is Community?
How local people make change?
What are Community Development Principles?
How to Build a Community
Using Local Strengths
and more


Flexible training available

Training onsite, online, hybrid

Quality experience

Ready to help
your community?


Dave Horton, ACE Learning and Training Director

Phone: 029 20003132

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