Facilitating organisations to
learn, plan and grow

( Pictured: Community Planning, Asdee, North Kerry )

Facilitator, Trainer & Mentor

for Community & Voluntary Organisations

A highly experienced community professional and qualified facilitator, Paul combines his core skills of training and facilitating to develop local communities and organisations.

Paul works with a wide range of agencies, community groups and NGOs with a focus on community development and social inclusion.

Paul O'Raw, highly experienced and qualified facilitator

Facilitation Impact Awards

for Community & Voluntary Organisations

The benefits of facilitation by Paul and associates, to the community of Asdee, North Kerry was recognised when the project was awarded Gold in the International Facilitation Impact Awards 2021. This was the first time an Irish project received this recognition. Asdee was one of sixteen projects globally to be  acknowledged in this prestigious awards in 2021. Certificate.

Paul O'Raw, highly experienced and qualified facilitator
strategic planning

Strategic Planning

I facilitate organisations to prepare coherent strategic plans, to reflect on progress and to build up skills. I bring extensive community development and facilitation experience, gained from a career in rural, urban and overseas development work. For over twenty-five years I have facilitated community and voluntary organisations, NGOs, local development and local government agencies.

training courses and workshops


I design and deliver training courses and workshops to meet the needs of groups and organisations. I combine my knowledge, skills and insights to prepare individual, creative programmes that ensure good participation and enjoyable learning.



Facilitation is best described as a process that enables a group or organisation to focus on a piece of work, with the help of an outside facilitator. The facilitator prepares and guides the process but remains neutral on the subject matter. He or she provides the space for people to work together, to hear one another, and to build consensus.

What Clients Are Saying

”Paul is a terrific host. He gets the team working together and thinking not only as individuals but as a group also … He has opened up the dialogue for the team…’’ 

- Childcare Team, Killorglin Family Resource Centre.

What Clients Are Saying

"A huge thank you to Mr Paul O’Raw and Dr Brendan O’Keeffe for their immense contribution, professionalism, patience, and approachable manner, which made this process a thoroughly enjoyable experience (chairman Asdee Community Development Association).’’"

- Preparing a Strategic Development Plan for Asdee, North Kerry

What Clients Are Saying

"At times this was a difficult project and required perseverance and going the extra mile, and Paul always put the shoulder to the wheel to see the plan the through. The plan is now completed and published in the community, and now forms the foundations of a new Community Forum formed in conjunction with semi-states bodies to address local issues.

I would highly recommend Paul O Raw to you as person who has experience and the talents to take similar projects from inception to completion."

- Joe Whelan, Chairman Askeaton Community Council, Summer 2020

What Clients Are Saying

"The facilitation, workshop design and data collected has provided considerable understanding of community need and action focus into the next 5-10 year period. Ballyhoura Development are very satisfied that this will lead to positive change for all the communities involved and commend Paul and his team for their commitment and understanding of the process, challenges and outputs."

- Amanda Slattery,  Development Manager, Ballyhoura Development CLG

What Clients Are Saying

"Excellent and well run workshop. Very concise and user-friendly language. Nice and calm, lots of learning points in a great manner. Very effective, not rushed, made sure everyone was included. Very good interaction with the group."

- Committee Effectiveness Training, HSE Mental Health Services, Mullingar

What Clients Are Saying

"Paul was a pleasure to work with. He brought great clarity and focus to the group. With Paul facilitating we achieved more in one day than we had previously done in two months. I would highly recommend Paul."

- Louth Next Chapter Women’s Project, Review and Planning Day

Clients I’ve Worked With

“We are best defined by the mystery
That we are still here, and can still rise
Upwards, still create better civilisations”

– From Mental Fight by Ben Okri
International Association of Facilitators
Certified Facilitator Lego Serious Play
Paul O'Raw Climate Policy


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