Posted on 16. November 2018 in Trainings & Workshops, Working with the Community

What is facilitation?

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The word “Facilitate” comes from the Latin Facilis, which means “easy.” Making conversations, decisions or workshops easier for the group you are facilitating.
We hope that TGEU’s Facilitation Toolkit makes facilitation easier for you.

This Facilitation Toolkit is written by Nim Ralph and Nadia Vogel, who also led our facilitation team at the 7th European Transgender Council. The Facilitation Toolkit takes a power-critical approach to facilitation and includes brief guides on understanding power, dealing with conflict, understanding different kinds of learning styles and how to make space for these in your sessions, as well as considering access needs while facilitating or preparing sessions. It also includes a practical guide to structure and run sessions, while including ideas and examples of useful icebreakers and energisers.

Toolkit Content

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  • Facilitation: quick steps;
  • Introduction to facilitation;
  • How to structure and run a session;
  • Icebreakers, energisers, and temperature check;
  • Different formats for running sessions;
  • Understanding power;
  • Conflict tips;
  • Considering access.

Illustrations by Rory Midhani.

Facilitation toolkit in English
Kit de herramientas de facilitación en español

Download the toolkit in English here or in Spanish here.

Download the toolkit in Text-to-speech format here.


This publication has been produced with financial support from the Rights, Equality & Citizenship Program of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of TGEU and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.