For those who have come along to our recent Academy Forums, you may have noticed our use of some new facilitation techniques, called Liberating Structures. This facilitation style is designed to foster lively participation and truly include everyone in the room – and we hope that has been your experience at the Forums.

Liberating Structures can be thought of as simple rules to unleash innovation. Simply put, they are alternative approaches to working as a group, with a menu of 33 Liberating Structures to replace or complement conventional practices.

The Surrey Heartlands Academy will be running a half-day introductory session on Liberating Structures, which will give you a taster of some core activities and equip you with the skills to run your own workshops.

So if you are interested in:

  • Learning a new innovative facilitation technique
  • Designing co-production sessions
  • Developing a new skill
  • Or just finding out what this is all about

Sign up for this free workshop by contacting Once we have an idea of the level of interest we will confirm dates and location. We would also be particularly keen to hear from you if you are working with citizens, patients or residents, as these structures are designed to include everyone and are a great technique to use.