Confluence Facilitation is run by:

Lorraine trained as a youth worker at University of Ulster and worked in the voluntary sector in a youth advocacy service where she developed skills as a trainer, senior manager and coach. Leaving to work freelance/independently in 2015, Lorraine has extensive experience presenting, training and facilitating as well as working in research and evaluation. She is a trained coach and mediator, and now delivers mediation training.

Lorraine Thompson

Dave trained as a teacher at Stranmillis University College and worked in the primary sector at all key stages, developing skills as a co-ordinator, senior manager and resource writer. Leaving teaching to work independently in 2017, Dave has extensive experience working alongside staff teams, promoting discussion about how values and ethos impact the practice of an organisation. Dave has been trained in mediation and conflict resolution coaching. Dave blogs regularly at www.overthewall.blog.  

Dave Thompson 

We believe that:

Stories are vessels that carry the values of individuals, groups, communities and nations.

 “Stories are the secret reservoir of values change the stories individuals or nations live by and tell themselves, and you change the individuals and nations.” 

Stories enrich; hearing alternative narratives widens our perception, making us more appreciative of each other. It is therefore important for groups, organisations and communities to create safe spaces to hear each other’s stories.

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” 

Stories affect change, but they can also cause stagnancy and decay.

“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.”

Our wellbeing depends on people hearing our story and our ability to hear the stories of others.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”