If you have to regularly attend meetings, you’ll have experienced the pain of the ones that are badly run. The ones where it is the same voices saying the same things as in the last meeting. Where you never quite seem to get any closer to where you need to be.

We decided that we’d had enough of dull meetings. And bad training for that matter. At Northern Star we believe in the power of good facilitation. Because through good facilitation, there is simply no need for any meeting or training to ever feel a waste of time.

A good facilitator can:

  • Focus the group to arrive at the end goal.
  • Lead the group without dominating
  • Introduce ideas and lead the discussion on them
  • Clarify for participants
  • Ensure participation
  • Be responsive to group/participant needs

We then tailor workshops specifically for you. By keeping participants involved, and the focus of the group on the key goals of the session, Northern Star support clients to make meetings and awaydays more effective and more efficient.

We are particularly skilled in participative facilitation, which is built around sharing, inclusion and clear actions. The end result helps everyone in the group to contribute their ideas effectively to shape a collective decision. We can facilitate:

  • Staff meetings
  • Planning sessions
  • Away days
  • Strategy Development workshops


At Northern Star we provide high quality, focussed training for staff and volunteers on:

  • Research design
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment
  • Strategic planning
  • Campaign Planning
  • Project planning and management
  • Time management

Our training delivers on clear learning outcomes agreed in partnership with you.

Clients Include: IDEAS, Scotdec, YouthBank Scotland, Amina Women’s Resource Centre, So Say Scotland, See Me, One World Centre.

To find out more about how we can support you move towards more productive meetings and training, click through to the Get in Touch page to contact us.