Cultivating Minds

Cultivating Minds UK was developed by Graham Goulden, simply to create much needed conversations around issues that can impact negatively on learning, on business and sports success. Graham Goulden, BA, is an experienced and committed leadership and violence prevention trainer. For thirty year’s he was a Scottish police officer and Chief Investigator specialising in criminal investigation, drug investigation, training and crime prevention. Read more…

Graham delivered a number of workshops on bystander intervention throughout 2021/22 and a train the trainer course in Plymouth, with just under 200 people engaging in the sessions.

Graham was great at communicating and being responsive, especially as we had a tight deadline to submit a funding application! Graham was super flexible with the arrangements and fitting us in when he could, delivering sessions on different days and times to try and attract as wide an audience as possible.

Graham hosted the sessions really well and attendee feedback included that “Graham is an inspiring and engaging facilitator with an incredibly important mission to mobilise men and boys (indeed everyone) to challenge and prevent violence against women and girls.

He is an incredibly valuable voice at a pivotal time”. We had other great feedback including “Great session with lots of interesting discussion. Good use of resources to help solidify the content and nice to be able to contribute, share and ask questions if needed. I will definitely be recommending this training to others”.

From our evaluation data, completed by 110 people, 96% said they understand how Bystander Intervention can prevent sexual violence and 98% agreed they understand what can prevent/inhibit someone from being an active bystander. 96% agreed they have learnt different tools and strategies that can support active bystander engagement.

Following the train the trainer sessions, the 21 people who attended decided to set up their own network so they could maintain momentum and sustain bystander intervention as a useful tool in preventing violence against women and girls. This network are now planning how to roll out more training across the City.

Moving forward, we are keen to maintain our relationship with Graham and consider how we can focus bystander intervention in schools and with young people. I hope our relationship with Graham continues as I see him as a key partner in our efforts to prevent violence and abuse.

Shelley Shaw

Development & Impact Manager – Together for Childhood

Shelley Shaw – NSPCC Plymouth

Graham has supported us in a bespoke package to look at Bystander training in communities affected by Domestic Violence, Hate Crime and Youth Violence. Graham was flexible in his approach, showing in depth knowledge and skills around the application of the bystander toolkit, and passionate about the impact that this approach can have on communities. Graham supported in training up local trainers to be able to continue the work in the community, supporting us in spreading the knowledge and skills across all residents and young people.

Graham received positive feedback from training held with professionals and community members, with the most common response to the toolkit was that it was applicable to everyday situations and easy to understand.

 It was delight to have Graham with us and work so closely with training some of our community and partners. His input has sparked further discussions around how this work can impact on making our community safer.

Melissa Ireland, Contextual Engagement Manager, London Borough of Merton