British Red Cross

"Quicksand" - Delivering change in the third sector

A multi-organisation, not-for-proft event for third sector organisations


British Red Cross generously hosted this event. Also attending were: Tearfund, Cancer Research UK, RNIB, IAVI and St John Ambulance. Thirty five participants in all.

The job needed to solve two problems; how to focus accurately on the specific challenges of delivering change in the voluntary sector, and in a format which gave high quality people development at a price affordable for third sector training budgets.

Our Solution

We wrote a special scenario set in the future in the metaphoric world of a fictitious island in the Thames Estuary, and a project to deliver social regeneration going through a renewal programme.  The audience discussed the behaviour, interacted with the characters, and eventually took control of the action, shaping it's final outcome.  Mixed in were audience debates and learning workshops on change behaviour and stakeholder engagement.


samantha-muirSamantha Muir
Project and Programme Office Manager

“I have worked with People Deliver Projects to deliver several workshops and it is always a great partnership. I love the interaction their style brings which encourages real learning and self reflection. It really challenges your thinking and is a refreshing way to learn and develop yourself.”

“The Quicksand event allowed us to create an environment that was relevant to us and other Third Sector organisations, with volunteers and not just paid staff scenarios. The team took great care to make sure that the Quicksand scenario was ‘right’ and would aid our learning. The discussions around change were particularly helpful to understand where volunteers might be in coming to terms with the change that faces them. The event was very well received and we had great feedback with people taking specific personal learning away with them to implement into their projects.”


Engagement - Enjoyment - Learning