Co-facilitation with people that have a lived experience …………….why? | BLOG11

A definition

“Co-Facilitation – Having more than one facilitator at a workshop, or co-facilitation, is good for many reasons. It allows you to share the responsibility with someone else and each trainer brings his or her own strengths to the workshop. It also makes learning more interesting for the participants. However, it is critical to coordinate well with your co-facilitator so the presentations and activities go smoothly.”

Source: [accessed 2019]

In the world of learning disability, co-production and co-facilitation are common place/ expected/ considered good practice. What this should mean is that people with lived experience play an equal role in developing and sharing information, be that decision making, research, evaluation, meetings, reports and conferences alongside people that don’t have that first hand lived experience.

Somehow via osmosis co-production and co-facilitation have become part of my thinking without me ever being aware of the why?

There is much research on this subject and I have no intention of writing this blog in an academic style (with references), instead I wanted to share with you my recent experiences that have led me to question the “why”.

First of all just watch this very quick YouTube clip from a conference that I attended recently:

The (un)Ordinary Conference – highlights

I have been aware of Stay Up Late for many years, but this was the 1st time I have ever attended one of their conferences and they have led me to challenge my own thinking on this subject. When I co-facilitate 9 times out of 10 be it at a conference, presenting at a meeting or facilitating a teaching session the evaluations show that the most amount of learning, and biggest impact is always made by the person who has a lived experience.

So the next question I have inevitably started to ask myself is:

  • Does our programme of work always need to be co-facilitated? Or can parts of it be led and influenced by our stakeholders who are experts by experience?

The answer for me is not a simple one (and I still think there is a place for co-facilitation) but actually for the most part if we are working with people equally (and supporting them to have a true voice and to become leaders in their own right) then the answer has to be …..

“no we don’t always need to co-facilitate”

The Stay Up Late conference for me is a shining example that demonstrates that where people with lived experience of learning disabilities and / or autism are happy to lead and share and are supported to do this in a meaningful way, they should be given the opportunity.

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