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Active Bystander Training with the Hollie Gazzard Trust | Randall & Payne Accountants

Powerful training takes action against sexual harassment and challenges social norms

Ten of our management team attended the Active Bystander for Sexual Harrassment Training programme and all agreed it was a powerful couple of sessions with a tangible outcome.

As part of the charity partnership with the Gloucestershire Live Business Awards, and as explained in Nick Gazzard’s talk at the launch event in March, the Hollie Gazzard Trust are pleased to offer this training programme free-of-charge to 20 businesses, so as headline sponsor of the awards we decided to take it up.

Between the two sessions most of us had experienced some kind of negative behaviour which became part of the discussion at the start of the second session and how we responded to the situation.

Here’s what some of the team had to say about it:

Rob Case, Partner:

I found the second session very emotional. It is a challenging subject, but one where we can make a difference in the way we act and intervene on a daily basis. The more people involved in a course such as this, the safer our community will become. I definitely recommend this training by the Hollie Gazzard Trust”

Carrie-Anne Dailly, Accounts Manager:

This is always a difficult subject and something more of us experience than we will often admit to. The tools I have learnt will help make a difference in both the workplace and the community – I really do feel that anyone and everyone can benefit from the workshop. It was incredibly well delivered.”

Will Abbott, Partner:

Time to stop pretending it is someone else’s problem and it doesn’t happen around here. We can all take action to reduce sexual harassment and booking this course for your business is an excellent way to start.”

More about the programme:

The workshops are expertly and sensitively delivered by Nick Gazzard and Ellie Andersson, who outline how a bystander can intervene to stop events before they happen or while they are happening. They look at the four stages of intervention and the reasons why individuals do not intervene including social psychological theory and social norms theory.

The programme takes six hours in total and can be delivered in three 2-hour sessions or two 3-hour sessions with a period in between each session for reflection. It is an activity-based course designed for members of the community and businesses to learn more about sexual harassment, and how they can help combat it by learning skills to intervene as a positive bystander.

The ideal group size is around 16 individuals to ensure optimum benefit for all participants, as it is interactive and involves working through scenarios and role-plays.

Following this training we all agreed we feel better equipped to deal with situations when they arise in the future, in every aspect of life, not just the workplace. We urge other businesses to take up this training to help combat all forms of negative behaviour and not just sexual harassment.

If you would like to take up the workshop in your business then you can contact the Hollie Gazzard Trust who have limited availability for more businesses to benefit free-of-charge: https://holliegazzard.org/contact-us/