Tooltime at Teatime with Peanut

Peanut take a different approach to doing things… a Participatory Approach. This is a unique set of skills and activities we use to include and also enthuse people. Whether its events, away-days, training courses, community appraisals, action planning or research projects, people enjoy taking part.

The Peanut Participatory Approach works because it’s a rigorous, systematic process of including people to find solutions, make decisions and achieve improvement.

Tooltime…is a series of one hour sessions developed and hosted by Peanut and Straightforward.

Tooltime is a no charge event, running for an hour on a Monday afternoon. It gives you the chance to have a go at some participatory ‘tools’ and discuss how they could work in your own projects, teaching or research. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people and have little bit of free training.

What’ll be happening at Tooltime?

We’ll try out a couple tools together; some tried and tested favourites and some that are completely new to us. There’ll be room along the way for a drink, a biscuit and a bit of networking. In time, we’ll be putting together an online resource to include all of the tools we’ve tried out.

Why come to Tooltime?

To meet the Peanut team (Catherine and Ross), have a biscuit, a worthwhile break and take time to have a go at something a bit different, useful and new. While there’s no budget for Tooltime and you’ll have to bring your own drinks, we will provide some biscuits or snacks.

2012 Dates, Times  and Venues

The first few Tooltime sessions are on Mondays for, for no other reason than things aren’t usually on a Monday. But if it doesn’t work we’ll change it. No need to book, just turn up.

  •  22nd October, Coach Lane Campus, G109 – ‘It’s not a Venn’, to explore relationships using two criteria. Used for stakeholder analysis.
  • 5th November, City Campus West, Ellison A008 – ‘Flow Diagrams’, to look at the different stages of a process, causes and effects.
  • 12th November, City Campus West, Lipman 027 – ‘Yes, No  Decision Tree’, a simple but structured way of making decisions together.
  • Date TBC, Campus TBC, Room TBC – ‘A take on Ishikawa’s Fishbone’ to look at causes, root causes and effects.

If you’d like more information about Tooltime or Peanut contact Catherine Butcher on 0191 227 3848 or or see our website at