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Values Challenge for Community Groups
Whatever kind of group we belong to, whether it is a club, a youth group, a group of volunteers, or maybe a group of friends getting together regularly to share a common interest, it will be based on values. But often those values are held unconsciously, or taken for granted and forgotten about.
Groups that are clear about their values, where those values are aligned with their members’ values, and where people makes a consistent effort to practice those values, will tend to produce a culture which is collaborative and resilient and where members are well motivated, happy and productive.
Groups who don’t consistently practice their values will be less able to stand the stresses and strains that affect any group of individuals who spend time with each other. Whether it’s tackling external problems or internal disputes, or planning ahead, or getting things done – everything is more difficult without shared values to rely upon.
Not sure what your values are? If your group does not have an official set of core values, please download the Values Guide for Community Groups to help you identify the values that are most important to your group.
There are two ways for your group to take the Values Challenge:
EITHER take part in the full one-hour Values Challenge session –
to do this click Take the Challenge to receive the free Values Challenge pack which will enable your group to hold a structured and intensive one-hour session, helping your group to really live its chosen values.
OR perhaps something a little less structured may suit your group better –
for many community groups an intensive one-hour session may not be the best approach. It may for instance be difficult to get your group together for a whole hour, or you may just feel a more informal approach may be more appropriate.
This more informal way of meeting the Values Challenge still follows the same basic outline as the more formal programme. The idea is for your group to get together on or before World Values Day and do some thinking about the most important values you all share. Then together
- decide what value you think is most important for your group; you can use the exercise in the previous section to identify that value;
- think about how you can put that value into action simply, effectively and quickly;
- THEN GO AND DO IT!
For ideas and suggestions on how to put your value into action as a group please download the Values Guide for Community Groups.
Please share what you have done
Please don’t forget to share your experience of the Values Challenge with us and with the world – the value you chose, what action you all decided to take, and how the action went by posting on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube or Instagram pages using #WorldValuesDay and @ValuesDay or by emailing us at [email protected] Use words, photos, video clips. Whatever works best for you.
To help you do this you can download the ‘We Value’ template below and fill in your chosen value and the action taken, and then use it in a group selfie.
And please pass on the Challenge
Want to make an even bigger difference in the world? Pass on the news about the Challenge to other groups. Become values activists! Join our mailing list and start tagging your colleagues, friends and family with #WorldValuesDay – or yes, talk to them in real life. You’ll be amazed by the conversations and connections this starts.
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