This page gives guidance for volunteers who may be part of an organisation that wants to help them. It also can be used to explain to the organisation how we operate as a charity and our ‘ownership’ of the workshop.
Who forms the local workshop?
Our website page ‘Starting a new workshop’ explains how a workshop is formed.
Anyone running the workshop – normally the coordinator and the facilitator team – must have been through the breakdown of a significant relationship. They should also have experienced the workshop as a participant.
However, if nobody in a new group has been to a workshop before, the experience of one can be obtained by running a ‘practice’ workshop for the prospective team and others who qualify to attend a workshop and are willing to be part of the practice sessions.
We help start these ‘practice’ workshops at a ‘taster’ day session.
Can coordinators receive help and support from their support organisations?
Yes. Coordinators may need financial help to get started and/or room hire concessions and administrative or other support.
However, with regard to finances, those running the workshop must set up a separate DRW bank account for fees and other money received and payments made by the workshop.
DRW groups should ultimately be financially self-sufficient and funded solely by fees of the participants. Part of their fee will cover local expenses and part goes to contribute to the cost of running the charity nationally.
As a registered charity all income and expenses of DRW groups must be accounted for to the Charities Commission. Also, one (national) DRW trustee must be appointed a signatory to the local bank account. This is to facilitate funds in the DRW account being recovered should the local workshop cease to operate.
How can a supporting organisation help the local DRW group running the workshop?
Running a workshop involves many “behind the scenes” jobs that can be carried out by supporters who do not qualify to attend the actual workshop sessions.
These jobs could be distributing publicity, contacting publications about the workshop, social media publicity, looking after funds as treasurer of the local group, setting up the venue for the workshop and AV equipment, helping with any catering provided and even looking out for participants when they arrive in the car park and are unsure where to go.
What can we do if a potential participant seems unable to pay the full fee?
We want the workshop to be accessible to as many people as possible so occasionally “sponsorship” or a “subsidy” can be agreed by the local group on a case by case basis. Such subsidies should be kept confidential.
Participants that pay a fee have in a sense ownership of their own workshop and appreciate more the value they get from it. The full contribution to national funds will still be payable, and total fees received from the workshop participants will need to be sufficient to cover total costs.
Can workshops be limited to people attending our own organisation?
No. It is one of our fundamental principles that the workshop is made available to all, regardless of faith, race, creed, sexuality or any other factor. An exception may be made only for the first, internal practice workshop.
Can we limit facilitators and organisers to members of our organisation?
The local group may choose local facilitators and organisers. However, they must have been through the workshop. In practice, some non-members of the organisation who have been through the workshop may be potentially very good facilitators who the coordinator may want to use.
Can the team use the telephone number of the support organisation as the contact number?
No. Unless the person who normally answers the telephone is someone who has themselves experienced the breakdown of a significant relationship and has attended the workshop.
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