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"There are as many differences in any group as in any other group, including your own group however you choose to define your group. It's just easier to appreciate the diversity in your own group than it is to recognise it in groups you are less familiar with" Gillian Neish


Gillian designs and facilitates courses which encourage people to think beyond stereotypes. In a challenging but non-threatening way, she enables participants to explore the nature and impact of power inequalities in society and to develop practical strategies to eliminate discrimination and value diversity.


Peer group coaching is encouraged to support participants to implement action points agreed during courses. Neish Training can also arrange mentoring as required.


Groups of twelve or more require two facilitators. Gillian can arrange to co-facilitate with one of her Associates, who all share her values and approach, or may work alongside an in-house trainer who will have in-depth knowledge of the organisation.


Having worked in this field for more than thirty years, Gillian is well aware that delivering training on ‘race’ and equity issues is not as easy as some people believe because participants come with a wide range of opinions and strong emotions! She has, therefore, designed and delivers ‘Train the Trainer’ courses to ensure that trainers have the knowledge and skills not only to deliver courses but also to mainstream these issues into all their training programmes.


An Introduction to ‘Race’ and Equity Issues

This one-day introduction to ‘race’ and equity issues gives participants an opportunity to broaden their understanding of these complex issues and to consider their own responsibilities to challenge discrimination and value diversity.

There will be input, discussion of DVD materials, small groupwork, large group discussion and individual reflection. The course will be practical and participative to enable participants to explore options and possibilities in a supportive environment.


Understanding and Challenging Racism

This three-day course (two consecutive days followed by a third day a month later) gives participants an opportunity to broaden their understanding of these complex issues and to consider ways to use their own influence to take the diversity agenda forward.

Days one and two include participation in the blue-eyes, brown-eyes exercise in discrimination, developed by Jane Elliott and conducted by Gillian Neish, and use Transactional Analysis theory and models to help participants understand the dynamics in their relationships with people in black communities, people in white communities and with themselves. On the third day, participants explore the implications for working in and managing diverse teams and develop practical, anti-racist ways of working to implement back at work. There will be input, discussion of dvd materials, small groupwork, large group discussion and individual reflection. The course will be practical and participative to enable participants to explore options and possibilities in a supportive environment.


Training for Trainers

People attending this course must first have participated in the three-day 'Understanding and Challenging Racism' course. The experience of taking part in the 'brown-eyed, blue-eyed’ exercise, as a part of that course, will ensure that they clearly understand, through experience, the nature of racism, the systematic way in which it operates, the effects of institutional discrimination and the impact on our relationships with each other and with ourselves.


This course will not teach participants how to run the the 'brown-eyed, blue-eyed’ exercise but, in a supportive but challenging environment, they will learn how to use training resources, including DVDs featuring the eye colour exercise, to maximum effect within the one-day 'Introduction to 'Race' Issues' course, developed by Gillian Neish. There will be opportunities to practice delivering the material and to receive constructive feedback as well as to share ideas and build on good practice. Participants will each receive a copy of the trainer's manual for the one-day 'Introduction to 'Race' Issues' course.


Understanding and Challenging Racism (Download PDF)  


An Introduction to ‘Race’ and Equity Issues (Download PDF)