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Values Challenge for Community Groups
What is the Values Challenge?
This one-hour workshop was developed in 2017 by the UK Values Alliance, in collaboration with the Forward Institute, the RSA (the Royal Society of Arts) and PwC as a simple, effective and practical way for groups organisations around the world to focus on their values for just one hour.
This year the main theme for World Values Day on 18th October 2018 is putting values into action in the community, and so this year the Values Challenge for Community Groups looks at how groups can bring their values to life in the community.
Why are values important for your group?
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 else 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 make 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.
What is the values gap and how to address it?
Most groups and organisations have a clear statement of values. But the reality for many of these is that great sounding values can get trampled on in everyday life. It happens everywhere. There is a gap that grows between how we could live those values and how we actually behave – ‘the values gap’.
Printing out a group’s values and only hanging them on the wall is not enough. The chosen values need to be brought to life and turned into daily habits and behaviours. These habits and behaviours need to extend to everyone with whom the group has a connection, including its local community. This needs consistent effort, constant encouragement, and ownership of the values throughout the whole group.
What is the Values Challenge workshop?
The Values Challenge is a one-hour workshop designed to highlight the importance of values to the group and to bring its most important values to life. It won’t close the values gap all by itself, but it can help kick-start the process and help empower ownership of the values throughout the group. It challenges us to ask:
- To what extent are we really living the values of our group every day?
- What practical change – small or large – can we make that would help bring just one of those values to life in a more meaningful way in the community?
- How can employees commit to one action on a regular basis that will help to close the gap between the values we aspire to and how we actually behave?
The Values Challenge is designed to be easy to organise, highly motivating and effective. We hope you will find it useful, inspiring and enriching.
If your group would like to join the Values Challenge please click the button below to sign up and receive a free pack of resources which includes all the material and information you will need to run the workshop.
Or you could take a more informal approach
If you feel that your group would benefit from looking more closely at its values but would prefer something a little less structured, you could follow the spirit of the Values Challenge in a less formal way. Just get the group together on or before World Values Day and do some thinking about the most important values you all share. Then together
- decide which of those values you think is most important for your local community;
- think about how you can put that value into action simply, effectively and quickly in that community – for ideas and suggestions on how to do this please download the Values Guide for Community Groups
- THEN GO AND DO IT!
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. Find us on Facebook Twitter Instagram and YouTube.
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.
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