International Trainer and Master Facilitator of the Virtues Project, Nigel Ipp, will be visiting the Island from Wednesday 18 February 2015, to provide training and support through the Virtues Project – a global grassroots initiative to inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life.

The Virtues Project has been facilitated on the Island previously with positive feedback from the community, but over the years the number of staff trained has depleted. The purpose of Nigel’s visit will be to pick up on the training of frontline staff working in safeguarding environments, and promote the welfare and wellbeing of vulnerable groups.

Social Services Manager, Samantha Dunn said:

“The Virtues Project was introduced to the Island a number of years ago and was popular providing people with confidence and positive self-awareness.  In recent times the number of people trained in this programme has declined and members of the community have approached us asking for this work to recommence. 

“The programme reiterates the importance of trust in building collaborative environments that generate ethical solutions to challenges.  Nigel is keen to engage with as many members of the community as possible and we hope this will work towards us creating a positive learning environment for children and families on the Island.  We hope to complete this training with colleagues from education and community groups.”

Nigel will be conducting various training sessions introducing people to the Virtues Project and the five strategies for bringing virtues to life, inspiring people of all cultures to remember who they really are and to live by their highest values. Sessions will focus on awakening the gifts of character to help enhance positive community and support caring and enduring relationships. For new and experienced Managers and Supervisors, Nigel will also conduct a session on Character, Effective Leaders and Teams.

Nigel has facilitated trainings in Australia, the United States and his native South Africa. His work focuses on the importance of trust in building collaborative environments that generate ethical solutions to challenges in the workplace.

Nigel’s visit is being funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Programme Fund.

The Virtues Project seeks to empower individuals to live more authentic meaningful lives, families to raise children of compassion and integrity, educators to create safe, caring and high performing learning communities, and leaders to encourage excellence and ethics in the workplace.


2 February 2015


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