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Training Fund Stories - Blackpool Coastal Housing

Training Fund Stories - Blackpool Coastal Housing

Training Fund Stories - Blackpool Coastal Housing

Thursday, July 21, 2022

The frontline network funded 24 staff from our Resettlement Service to attend Spiral Dynamics Training with Jacqui Lane. Each attendee completed a questionnaire prior to the training where their own personal profile was produced. This profile was discussed in each training session.

The profiles and training involved looking at why people think in different ways and why we corporate, collaborate and come into conflict over differences in values and the deeper value systems that form them.

Spiral dynamics identifies 8 stages of development. These apply to individuals, organisations and societies. Just as an individual goes through an evolutionary process of maturation, so do organisations and societies.  A colour is assigned to each stage/worldview - Beige, Purple, Red, Blue, Orange, Green, Yellow, Turquoise and each stage has various characteristics which are explored in the training.

It was interesting to look at the needs of individuals in the level they are working at. The participants felt understanding their own level was useful and that it is not possible to progress through the levels of thinking until the you have solved the problems in the level below.

In practical terms often the people we support who are homeless with multi disadvantage needs are often functioning at level one being in survival mode. Looking to have primary needs met such as food and shelter. The participants ranged from level 2 to level 6. The feedback received included it was useful to understand why a person thinking and functioning at a higher level is likely to try and bring solutions to problems from a very different place. The training helped the participants to understand why the people they were working with may not engage in solutions or suggestions presented to support them.

The training will support the staff to be able to get a sense of where the person they are supporting is at and how to support them to move through challenges. In understanding this they will be better informed and know what needs to be solved first before the person they are supporting is able to consider other options.

Every participant provided excellent feedback with a number self-funding further sessions to investigate in more depth.

Thank you for funding this for our team.


If you would like to apply to the training fund for yourself or your team, please read our application guidelines here

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