Training and Workshops
At Aik Saath we are committed to working with you and the young people that you work with to improve their lives, by supporting them to deal with their conflicts and helping them to value diversity. Below there is further information about the different contexts we work in and further information about the types of programme we deliver.

Primary and Secondary Schools
Training is carried out with pupils in primary and secondary schools, from year 2 to year 13. Our work ranges from stand-alone workshops with selected groups of pupils to programmes lasting eight weeks, involving every pupil in a school. Teachers have attested that our work can help young people by boosting their academic achievement, improving their attitudes towards school, improving their communication skills, developing their abilities to cooperate with other young people and enhancing their assertiveness, self-control and self-esteem. Teachers have also suggested that our training eases the disruption of young people's transition from primary school to secondary school. Aik Saath's work fulfils many aspects of the national curriculum we can also assist schools with their duty to promote community cohesion.


Colleges and Universities
Our work with colleges and universities often involves training students in the core areas of our work, providing them with conflict resolution skills or techniques to promote community cohesion. Other programmes have focussed on revealing the academic foundations of our work so that students can understand how theory informs what we do. Aik Saath has delivered training to seven further and higher education institutions. This work has ranged from individual workshops to long term involvement.


Youth Services and Other Agencies
Aik Saath works in young people's centres, with youth groups in both the statutory and non-statutory sectors and with agencies providing support to young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). The training we provide covers a range of different topics based on our core themes of improving conflict management and challenging racism. Our programmes in young people's centres can be delivered in weekly sessions or more intensively during school holidays, sometimes as part of a programme of Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP). Aik Saath has a proven track record of providing engaging programmes that succeed in stimulating groups of young people of varied ages and abilities.


Practitioners
Aik Saath offers training to adults from a variety of professional backgrounds. We have trained teachers and youth workers generally interested in developing their anti-racism and conflict resolution skills. We have also been commissioned to share techniques with these professionals on specific areas of our work, such as how to talk about sensitive issues creatively. These sessions have been delivered at In Service Training (INSET) days and at conferences.


Conflict Resolution
Our conflict resolution work ranges from short introductory sessions focussed on understanding conflict to comprehensive programmes featuring conflict-resolving strategies such as mediation. These programmes can be implemented in a preventive capacity or in response to a specific conflict situation.


Community Cohesion
Our community cohesion work is predominantly engaged with ensuring that young people from different backgrounds feel comfortable with each other, value their differences and understand their common humanity. We also engage with the factors that help young people feel a sense of belonging or feel socially excluded.


Extremism
Aik Saath can provide preventive workshops in order to counter extremism. We examine the myths that terrorist organisations seek to propagate in order to further their causes. By deconstructing these myths, we expose the lies at the heart of white supremacy and violently extremist interpretations of Islam.


Anti-Racism
Since the establishment of Aik Saath in 1998 we have been learning and developing different approaches to 'race' and racism. These approaches have focussed on preventing the development of racist attitudes, challenging existent racist attitudes and providing young people with constructive responses to racism.


Understanding Anger
Anger usually leads to problems when it causes us to act without thought, at home, at school or in the workplace. Our workshops encourage young people to understand anger so that they may control it, before it controls them. We can train groups of young people directly or professionals in the techniques that we use.


Anti-bullying
Our interactive anti-bullying programmes often start by helping young people to define bullying, so that it is clearly understood. We also encourage participants to think about its causes, the impact it has on everyone involved and responses to it. We have also worked with young people to help them produce their own anti-bullying policies.


Peer Mediation & Mentoring
Aik Saath have established and supported many peer mediation schemes with a focus on giving young people the skills to effectively resolve disputes. Other projects have involved bringing together young people who are struggling at school with older, positive role-models for mentoring. We can assist with the establishment of similar schemes or share our experiences with professionals interested in unlocking the potential of peer education.


Faith & Conflict
Many people are confused about what different religions prescribe when it comes to peace and conflict. This workshop provides participants with an insight into how religion can be used as oil or water on the fires of conflict, allowing them to draw their own conclusions.


Saying No To Knives
Our workshops focus on helping young people understand the true costs of carrying a knife verses any perceived benefits. Using interactive activities and multimedia, we challenge young people to think critically about the choices they make when they decide to arm themselves.