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Testimonials

Cook Consultancy has provided support to both grassroots organisations and larger organisations in Northern Ireland and globally, including in regions such as Africa, Asia, the Pacific, North America and the Middle East.  These testimonials share some of the perspectives about our work in these different contexts.

Sara's vast knowledge and expertise in trauma and resiliency-informed practice is second to none.  The training she delivered to the UN Office for Victims of Terrorism was outstanding and Sara's open and encouraging style enabled people to develop their skills and knowledge to better support people affected by traumatic incidents.

Jo Dover, Victim of Terrorism Specialist

I found it helpful to be explicit in doing this work and acknowledging the trauma in the space we're working.  This has been useful in supporting partners, colleagues and ourselves.  I had conversations after the last session to teach people the skills and have included concepts from the training in the groups I have been working with.

Conciliation Resources staff member

I just wanted to say a massive "thank you" for the training you provided over the last four weeks.  It was absolutely amazing and has really helped me personally. . . and equipped me to support [those] I work with also.

Northern Ireland Early Years worker

I think you as a person have had a great impact on the people who have attended your training.  Often with training you just can't wait until it ends, but your method is so calming and empowering.  So, thank you!

Northern Ireland peacebuilder

We have found Sara's training such a useful approach for families with children of all ages.  The training has helped our practitioners manage their stresses, as well.  The quality of the training is exceptional, and Sara's delivery is professional, sensitive and attuned to the needs of each group.

Roberta Marshal, Barnardo's

- Most trainings add work onto our shoulders.  You take the work off us.

- I never realised that it can be difficult to feel joy and to dream [during the war].  This training has helped me feel this again.

- I feel that I am alive and ready to act.

Ukrainian community health workers

You have such an incredible warmth, kindness and generosity of spirit that just radiates from you.  It was quite something to watch you in action-- you are such a skilled trainer and facilitator.

Northern Ireland community worker

Thank you all so much for providing this training for us.  I loved the ability to do some introspection while also thinking outside the box for how to cater to our students and fellow co-workers.  I loved the ability to get into smaller groups. . . and grow our professional relationships, as well.

Utah Valley University student services staff member

Organisations we have worked with include:

Barnardo's, the BBC, Bradford University, Brent Bereavement Services, Causeway Rural and Urban Network, Chinese Welfare Association, Christian Aid, Community Relations in Schools, Community Restorative Justice Ireland, Concern Worldwide, Conciliation Resources, Corrymeela, Durham University, East Belfast Community Development Association, Grand Valley State University, Healthy Living Centre Alliance, Inishowen Development Partnership, International Academy of Mediators, Irish Social Prescribing Peer Network, Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Northern Ireland Prisoner Ombudsman, Refugee Action, the Simon Community, SSAFA, Southeastern Health and Social Care Trust, St. Mary's University, Training for Women Network, the UN Office of Victims of Terrorism, Utah Valley University, University of Colorado, Victim Support Northern Ireland, Women Mediators Across the Commonwealth/the London School of Economics, Yachad, YMCA Ireland

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