Facilitators play a crucial role in the Egin programme – but who are they and what do they do?
Essentially, Facilitators are the first point of contact for community groups who are interested in getting involved with Egin. At the moment, we have 9 Facilitators spread across Wales, with one of them (Linus) hosted by EYST and covering all of Wales. Meet them and read all about them here (our “Meet the Team” page).
They are responsible for seeking out and contacting groups, with a focus on those who may be the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change but who have not typically engaged with climate action. This might be for a variety of reasons, such as not feeling included or represented in talks about climate change, not having had the time and energy to think about it previously, or having felt overwhelmed and unsure about where to begin.
Facilitators bring the group together, listen to what everyone wants and needs, and help them decide whether participating in Egin is a good idea for them. Even if you decide not to continue with Egin, our Facilitators may be able to direct you to something more suitable for your needs.
Once a group decides to participate in the Egin programme, Facilitators help community groups identify possible things they could do, so that groups can start working on their Action Plan. They can also help you to navigate the Monitoring and Evaluation toolkit, which is designed by our partners Co-Production Network for Wales in order to help you measure the impact of your actions.
After this, your Facilitator helps your group choose the most appropriate Peer Mentor (or Mentors) to support you. Groups who join Egin can receive up to three days of Peer Mentor support, spread out as needed, to help support you in bringing your ideas to life.
As well as this, Facilitators help to onboard groups onto the Egin Online Community. Here, your group can stay connected with each other, work on your Action Plan, and see what other community groups are doing, connect with them, and share ideas, resources, and what you are learning along the way. After you’ve received Peer Mentoring support, your Facilitator will check in with you once again to see how everything has gone.
We are thrilled to have such a dedicated team of Facilitators on board for the Egin programme, and we can’t wait to see the positive change that their support will bring to communities across Wales.
If you are interested in getting involved with Egin, look for the Facilitator nearest to you and reach out to them directly – or if you’re not sure, contact us to see whether your organisation or community group might be a good fit for Egin. If it is, we’ll connect you with your nearest Facilitator.