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 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

Graham has been working with us here at the University of Edinburgh for over a year, and he has recently trained 600 student leaders in leadership and the bystander approach. This is a crucial element of our learning and development programme, which in itself forms a central part of our strategy to tackle gender-based violence and sexual violence within the University community. Graham has many skills- he has the ability to inspire and engage participants in this incredibly important subject area, and he is able to make this personal for us so that we can see clearly our own role in being part of the change. Feedback from student leaders on Graham’s training has been overwhelmingly positive- he is helping us to develop confident student leaders, and to build a strong platform for facilitating significant culture change.

Andy Shanks, Director of Student Well-Being, University of Edinburgh