What Clients Say


Cromane Community Council.

Preparing a 5-year socio-economic plan for the community of cromane. This project was funded by BIM/ FLAG. It was led by Paul along with Dr Brendan O’Keeffe, Jamie O’Donnell and Dr Hrishi Ballal. A key outcome was the printing and publication of the plan http://www.pauloraw.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Cromane-‘Community-Socio-Economic-Plan-Final.pdf

In Summer 2017, Cromane Community Council embarked on an ambitious 5-year Socio-Economic Development Plan. Paul O Raw came on board as our facilitator to the project. What can we say about Paul! His professionalism, kindness and genuine interest in the community of Cromane and the success of the Plan was always at the fore. As a facilitator he is second to none and has not only facilitated the plan to final launch in May 2018 but has taught us how to better engage with our own community to encourage community participation’

Tracy Healy PRO

Milltown Community & Chamber Alliance.

A series of three planning workshops with community members and group representatives from the village of Milltown, Co Kerry. Run in conjunction with Dr Brendan O’Keeffe who presented his socio-economic profile of the village and surrounds. The workshops enabled the community to identify a number of priority action areas, to develop their communications with all groups in the area, and to form a new representative structure – Milltown Community & Chamber Alliance

‘In 2017 Paul was engaged by Kerry County Council to facilitate a series of public workshops in Milltown, Co. Kerry. The purpose was to get a sense of the needs and aspirations of the community and to set up a group to facilitate and coordinate community activities.

Paul was an effective facilitator and coaxed a lot of good feedback from participants, and Milltown Community and Chamber Alliance came about as a result. After the group was set up we asked Paul to help us with a constitution, which he drafted based on input from the group. Our group has since gone on to receive grants for a number of projects identified in the facilitated workshops.

Paul has a relaxed and understated style and works well with groups and communities’

Stewart Stephens, Chairperson


A series of three facilitated workshops with community groups in the town of Ballyduff, Co Kerry. Similar to Milltown above, the purpose of the workshops was to empower the community to identify common needs and priorities, to improve local communications and to form a new representative group to follow through on the agreed actions. This new committee was named ‘A Better Ballyduff’

‘Paul was contacted to facilitate a series of community based meetings to form a new committee for the local community groups in our area – Ballyduff Co. Kerry.  These meetings were held to form a new group that would be one voice for all the community groups in Ballyduff.  The group was formed with at least one member of each community group, 3 business people and 3 local residents.  This allows everyone in the community to have input into what happens in our area.  Paul ensured that everyone had a say and as a result good energy and a positive attitude was achieved. The committee was formed and since then we have been successful in working with the Kerry County Council.  A Better Ballyduff have been able to place a needed bench outside our post office, in conjunction with the tidy towns Group (Ballyduff in Bloom) we have painted a mural on the entrance wall to the church. Also, for the first time we had a Christmas Evening in Ballyduff with participation from the local businesses, schools, church, community groups and local residents – it was a huge success.

We would like to thank Paul for all his good facilitation and for bringing us all together’

Frankie O’Brien, Chairman


UCD/ HSE Mental Health Engagement Training. 

A 1-day training on Effective Meetings delivered in each of  hse-logothe 9 HSE/ CHO Areas throughout the country for members of Community Health Forums (Mental Health Service users, family members and carers). This was part of a 5-day programme prepared and delivered by UCD under the HSE Mental Health Engagement Strategy. Evaluation by participants of the Effective Meetings session;

‘Very relaxed environment, good facilitator, group participation excellent

Style was very good and easy to follow, created a good atmosphere and dealt with some disruption real well.

Paul was very organised and engaging trainer, who I found very comprehensible,

 knowledgeable and approachable

Liked the layout of the room, liked the exercises in the afternoon, liked the

different methods of teaching

Good listener and good humour and a wealth of knowledge

Great to get people’s individual views and help form a group view.

I had no experience of committee meetings so I found it tough, but I learned a lot.

Approachable, friendly, delivery was excellent and explained each topic clearly

I found the training brilliant hse-mental-health-services-logo

Very inclusive and aware of people, excellent trainer, thank you

Very good and conversational, easy to participate

Trainer was clear and methodical in presentation, used a variety of methods,  I liked the hands-on approach

Very good, interactive, involved and encouraged participation

Paul was inclusive of everyone

Trainer is very relaxed and creates excellent learning climate

Excellent, very clear and concise, and good balance of participation

Very considered and focussed. Handled the group well’

Dr Timmy Frawley, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems.

‘In 2017, the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems developed a training programme in conjunction with the HSE with Mental Health Engagement as it’s core theme.  Part of this included a focus on committee effectiveness and related areas.  Having attended Paul’s courses previously, we sought to work with him again on this programme.  There are two key learnings we took from the experience.  Firstly, from a collegiality perspective, Paul was very easy to work with – in fact, he brought a real energy, commitment and enthusiasm to our work and dealt most professionally with any challenges.  Secondly, and perhaps as significantly, the quality of the work delivered was excellent – both from our perspective and that of our training programme participants.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul to any organisation’


South & East Cork Area Developmentsecad

(an evening training session for community and voluntary organisations  on governance matters, recruiting new members and funding)

‘Excellent, very informative, interesting, thought-provoking.

I really enjoyed the content of the handouts, the informal atmosphere that promoted discussion…

Facilitator knew his facts and interacted with group.

Great interaction between groups, great opportunity to network and find out what others are doing, networking very good

Governance structures are more important than I thought – good list of resources

Makes us aware of our obligations

A lot of information on charities regulator, was not aware of it’


newkd-logoNorth, East & West Kerry Development (a 1-day training on Governance, the Charities Regulator and Legal Structures for community and voluntary organisations)

‘Thank you Paul, a very interesting course and very well presented.

My first time and I found it very interesting.

Extremely informative, interesting, educational, clear information, really learned a lot, great insight… very helpful’


‘Ballyhoura Development Ltd, Kilmallock, Co Limerick ballyhoura-logo

(a full-day training workshop for community and voluntary organisations on Appropriate Structures, the Charities Regulator and the Governance Code).

Very informative, very well delivered…

Yes! Gaining a greater understanding of what awaits us down the road.

Gave me a better understanding of how to set up proper structures for an organisation

Very happy with training…

Yes, gave me an insight into how things should be done in our organisation

Clearly indicated the steps to be taken by voluntary organisations to properly structure their organisation.

It was very well done, thank you’



Bansha Resident’s Association, Killorglin, Co Kerry (a series of workshops to enable the group to review progress and identify priority needs and developments)

‘Excellent, highly informative, brilliant facilitator.

Quite helpful, good overview of where we are – what we’re dealing with, where we possibly need more support etc

Very helpful, learned a lot of interesting things on how to approach situations

Very well delivered

The workshop was very helpful’


music-ministry-together-2 Music Ministry Together (a 1-day workshop to review progress, to     identify new developments and to prepare a code of conduct)

‘Paul worked with us as a team for a day. Before, during and after that day, Paul showed a very professional interest in helping us to work together as a team and revision our code of practice. He listened, gave us insight without leading, gave us courage and understanding of our own gifts and how best to bring them to the team for the good of our vision. We would recommend Paul as a gifted facilitator, who has a variety of skills and techniques and understanding of people in many ‘situations. Thank you, Music Ministry Team’

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (half-day workshops for library chesterbeatty1facilitators to reflect upon their facilitation skills and practice)

‘… relaxed, enjoyable style, really clear and open

 organised, friendly, created space for contribution

… enjoyable and informative, appreciative, good learning, excellent,

…very insightful

…easy to understand, everyone contributed, good intro to facilitation techniques,

… informative, structured, inclusive, great opportunity to reflect with colleagues, …reflective – almost therapeutic, allowed time and space,

…very good, enlightening, comprehensive, enjoyable, and beneficial’

Kerry PPN Disability Awareness Workshop ‘Access For All’ (a facilitated workshop to consult with people with a disability and related services and agencies to develop policy proposals for the Strategic Policy Committees of Kerry County Council; feedback on workshop)

‘Very interesting kerry-ppn

Excellent initiative


Great participation


Important session that raised a lot of questions

A good starting point

Very well facilitated

Informative & thought-provoking

Great energy

Highly beneficial’


knockaderry community hall Knockaderry Community Council, Newcastle West, Co Limerick (a series of facilitated sessions in reviewing and planning)

‘….Much of the impetus for these developments followed logically from    the series of workshops conducted by Paul earlier in 2014. We found him delightful to work with. His relaxed style and techniques ensured that everybody attending the workshops had ample opportunity to participate and enjoyed themselves in a non-threatening environment. Consequently the entire team had total ownership of the outcomes. I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul to other similar associations or community groupings for this type of work’ (Vincent Hanley, Secretary)


Kerry County Council; Community Alliance Consultation, Community Information Events, Migrant Community Consultation.

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‘Paul is diligent about collecting information and develops reports and presentations which are very accessible. Paul has strong group communication and facilitation skills and understands what techniques work best with different groups. he ensures that he understands the brief and develops a tailor-made proposal for the work. He is professional and thorough’                        

Siobhan Griffin, Municipal Area Officer, Kerry County Council

 West Cork Development Partnership, Bandon, Co Cork.(a one-day training workshop for Resident’s Associations)wcdp_logo

‘…very helpful day…

I was happy about everything…

Found the meeting very helpful and would like to meet again…

Excellent input, would like more…

I really enjoyed the morning…’

Facilitation Skills Workshop, Killorglin FRC killorglin frc logo

‘The content of the module was superb, and aspects of it will be beneficial to me going forward. Today was new learning for me in relation to facilitation skills. Pace; not rushed, delivered in lay-man’s terms but effective in all aspects. Style; comfortable to understand, not boring, interesting. Content; again excellent, productive and educational. Facilities; excellent, warm, homely, nice environment for a training day. Next steps; to hopefully implement the learning from today in my work going forward. Would like to participate again when the occasion arises (course participant feedback)’


St John of God Services, Dublin (half-day training workshops for staff in Meeting Skills)

sjogcommunity‘’Paul provided us in St John of Gods Community Mental Health Services with a well thought out workshop on Committee Work skills. The 30 staff members who attended all feel they will be more effective committee members and as a result their committees will be more productive and ultimately achieve more. I’d recommend Paul as a facilitator/trainer to organisations irrespective of size and type, what he assisted us to learn is relevant to all.”

Niall Turner, Occupational Therapy Manager, St John of Gods, Dublin

Fenit LighthouseFenit Community Hall (a short training course in Community Hall Management)

 ‘Paul has excellent communication skills and a tool-kit of facilitation skills that will keep any training session focused yet enjoyable.  While we might have got there eventually on our own developing our policies, procedures, constitution etc Paul’s expertise, guidance and focus helped us do so in a timely and focused way.  We avoided many pitfalls through the practical down to earth guidance provided by Paul.       I would strongly recommend Paul for community group training and facilitation training’  (Catherine Carthy, Fenit Community Hall)


logo irish kidney associationIrish Kidney Association, Kerry (one-day workshop in public-speaking)

Excellent, very good, very beneficial, it emphasised the positive, helped prepare for giving a talk, a good way to learn. Relaxed atmosphere, it gave confidence, greater awareness of message to be delivered, very worthwhile day, good facilitation’     

UCC Adult Education Dept (design and delivery of modules on Community Development Diploma)ucc logo

 ‘… as a lecturer I have found Paul to be highly motivated and competent in relation to all his work undertaken. Paul is systematic in his work, and brings energy and practical experience into his teaching. Paul’s teaching delivery has been well received by the students, which is evident from the course evaluation.  Paul is hard-working and a supportive colleague whose contribution to the Diploma has been well appreciated’  (Brenda Healy, UCC Outreach Programme Coordinator for Kerry)                                                

Transition Kerry (facilitated review and planning session)logo transition kerry

‘Paul created a relaxed inclusive environment where people engaged fully. Paul used a variety of methods to engage the group and elicit opinions and feedback. Paul’s facilitation skills were excellent, and he used artwork and group dynamics to obtain everyone’s ideas, and ensure full participation…

Paul’s follow through was excellent. He very promptly and efficiently sent us a very clear report that outlined what had been covered, what had been achieved and what we had agreed as our next steps’  (Mary Kiernan, Transition Kerry)