Training, Public Speaking and Resource Creation

At Qawah, we recognise the importance of learning and development. We have years of expertise in a range of formal and informal education settings, and can off your business, organisation or group a high-quality bespoke product that responds to your needs.

Andy has spent much of his career in training, education and charity work. He has designed and taught lessons, courses, and group-learning exercises for all ages – including time as a tutor on two Youth Work and Culture degrees, as a Chaplain in a secondary setting, and Director of a local youth work charity.

Although we have split our approaches into three different categories below, the reality is that often these delivery styles blend to suit the context. We remain convinced that learning and development is best experienced collaboratively and that individuals and communities learn best when they journey together towards a common goal.

Training:

We specialise in creative approaches to problem solving, and are experts at capturing complex topics and themes and communicating them clearly in a way that encourages proactive responses. Some things we have provided training for include:

  • Charities seeking to re-connect with the purpose
  • Faith communities looking to re-examine their sense of calling and identity
  • Youth, school and community groups who want to explore ways they can positively impact their communities
  • Businesses wishing to deepen their sense of identity, build internal relationships or re-discover their core strategies

Public Speaking:

Andy is an accomplished public speaker, confident and capable in front of crowds of all sizes. He has spoken on a range of topics, including (but not limited to):

  • Well-ness and mindfulness
  • Ethics
  • Spirituality
  • Culture
  • Environmental issues and action
  • Creativity

Resource Creation:

We have years of experience of designing and creating resources for individuals or groups to use, covering a range of topics (including those listed above).

  • lesson plans and assemblies for schools
  • one-off sessions or longer courses for youth or community groups
  • study materials for church or community groups
  • Well-ness journal ideas for individuals or groups.

Wellness – what is it, and why should I think about it?

We are complex beings, and do not always feel able to invest or prioritise in our physical or mental health – but when we do so, we are at risk of under-performing or even injuring ourselves.

There has been a significant amount of study in the last few decades, highlighting the value of intentional wellness practices – of taking the time to notice and re-connect with your mind, body and spirit*.

Wellness – sometimes called well-being or mindfulness (and the list goes on) – is simply about making space and time to acknowledge who you are in the moment.

  • It might be about giving the body rest or exercise – for example through better sleep patterns, breathing exercises, stretching or physical exercise.
  • Or you might find you need to find ways to rest or re-charge the mind – connecting with others socially, giving yourself permission to put things down for a while or taking up something creative.
  • Others find they need to do some work with their spirit – through practices such as meditation, prayer or volunteering activities.

It should be obvious that there is significant overlap between the above categories, and practices that will bring benefit!

When you work with us on your well-being, we will help you identify areas where you wish to see improvement, and offer or point you a range of skills and practices which will fit with your lifestyle

(* ‘spirit’ can mean many things to many people – we use it to reflect on the part of ourselves that connects with the other – which may be other people, a deity and/or the world around us)