Training of Guides and Volunteers

We love helping to develop the skills and knowledge that goes to making great guides.

Some of my recent work includes

Volunteer Guides in the Brontë Church

In the autumn and early winter of 2016 we worked with St Michael and All Angels in Haworth to design and deliver a training programme for their newly introduced Volunteer Guides.  It was a true delight to work with them, they had such energy, enthusiasm and knowledge.

The volunteers were all members of the Church Community and each of them had such wonderful stories from their own experience of the Church and from their own knowledge of bell ringing, Church and social history and of Haworth.

This made for a great starting point for our work together.  Our job was to build on this and to develop their guiding and story telling skills.  Well, come and see for yourselves.  The guides are in the Church at least three times a week and this will build over time.  They offer a free service for visitors and tour groups.

The scheme was launched in time for the Christmas visitors and it has gone from strength to strength.

Church Guide Training

Future Developments

The success of this scheme has led Brontë Walks to start work on developing a ‘Green Badge’ training programme for Haworth.  This is the Institute of Tourist Guiding’s professional qualification for locally based guides and it will provide visitors to Haworth with access to a diverse body of professional guides.

Johnnie Briggs

I have spent a large part of my working life in the area of Adult Education, Youth and Community Work and Arts based projects.

My teaching qualifications are from the University of the West of England, my PGCE, taken at Masters Level, is in Higher Education.  While my Training the Trainers qualification is from the University of Surrey sponsored by the Inner London Education Authority.  The practice element of this course was based on my teaching on the Part Time Youth Work Qualification.

I have designed and delivered professional training programmes for Leeds City Council as their Training Officer for Youth Work’, CAPE UK and the Youth Education Service in Bristol.  During my time in Bristol I was one of the team responsible for developing the Youth Achievement Awards, a national accreditation programme for informal education developed by John Huskins and ASDAN.

I really enjoy designing and delivering training programmes and qualification routes and I relish the task of designing and delivering teaching materials to fit the students and the qualification.  It always seems a great privilege to work with students on developing their skills, knowledge and practice.

I am more than happy to discuss with you any training programmes that you are looking to develop, no matter how small or how large.  Please just give a call on 07749 108 105, or send me an email to: