A Guide to Relationship Building and Group Work Activities

A Guide to Relationship Building and Group Work Activities

A key element of Community/ Good Relations work is relationship and rapport building.  It is vital to create a relaxed, enjoyable and safe space in order for the process of peer-education to happen effectively. This guide is collation of activities, underpinned by sound methodology, which should help you do just that!

The beginning of Community/ Good Relations sessions are often characterised by a sense of unfamiliarity and nervousness amongst participants.  There is a natural feeling of “strangeness”. Participants of all ages wonder things like: “What’s this all about?”, “Will I have to speak to people who are different from me?” “Will they like me?” “Will I like them?” “Will I have to speak out in front of others?” and “Will this be awkward?” Relationship building and group work activities such as energisers, ice-breakers, songs and games can be used to create a sense of fun, group-cohesion and to release some early tension.  They can also be used to “lift” energy levels during challenging sessions and to finish sessions (or parts of sessions) on a positive, affirmative, fun and uplifting note.

This resource sets out a selection of different activities, games, energisers and songs that have been tried and tested many times. Many of the activities can be used with children of all ages (from 4 to 94!) and come with a handy guide to enable facilitators to match the right activity to the desired outcome. Most activities require little to no additional resources except creativity, preparation and energy!

Many of the activities are used commonly throughout the world and have been adopted and adapted to suit different cultures, communities and groups. Over the years they have been tried, tested and adapted by CRIS staff and associates. We hope that they are of use to you, the reader – the practitioner.

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