Category Archives: Events

Transactional Analysis Peer Group Meeting Dates

York TA peer group

The focus for this group is as a peer led learning group where we engage in sharing our Transactional Analysis knowledge, offer each other informal TA supervision, and share our learning.  Many coaches use TA to analyse their client relationships, and to support themselves and their clients to be at their best.

The next meeting dates are as follows:

Tuesday 3 October 1.30 to 4.30

Tuesday 21 November 10am to 1pm.  The November meeting will be an exploration of Positive Games.

If you want to know more and check out if this is for you, then get in touch with Bernadette  –

Leadership Conference with Meg Wheatley

Coaching York members may be interested in an event organised by York coach and member John Gray.
Leadership in these times
A rare one day workshop in London with Meg Wheatley
A deep then-and-now inquiry into leadership and what is required for those how we move forward in these troubled times.
Meg Wheatley has inspired a generation of leaders to step forward and serve. She is co-founder and President of a global non-profit, The Berkana Institute (, an organizational consultant since 1973, a global citizen since her youth, and a writer.

John writes: The foundations for this event were laid 20 years ago, when Meg wrote a seminal article entitled “Beyond Command and Control”. I was introduced at about that time to Meg’s writings (all Meg’s articles, recorded talks etc  are freely available at by a consultant/coaching colleague, Penny Kay, and together we’ve kept in touch with Meg’s new thinking over the years.

So you can imagine our delighted when Meg accepted our invitation to put on a workshop next time she was in the UK. Leadership in these times on 9 November is the result.
The day offers a great opportunity for those who work with people in leadership roles, to be more aware of effective contemporary leadership, and to support leaders to reclaim a leadership which re-engages people and creates possibility even amidst disruption and distraction.
For more information and to book, visit

“Good leaders find it increasingly difficult to use the processes and practices that worked well in the past to evoke people’s inherent motivation, commitment, and creativity.  Yet if we notice who we’ve become, we can recommit to who we choose to be as a leader for this time.” Meg Wheatley

Some of Meg’s articles on leadership:

International Coaching Week May 15-19 2017

Building on the success of the last three years, we are running and promoting a number of events to join in the international celebration of coaching in May 2017. During the week we will be:

– celebrating York as a coaching City with City of York Council and York CVS;
– offering coaching taster sessions to businesses and residents in York; and
– running and promoting a series of professional development events.

See below for the emerging programme.

To keep up to date with news on International Coaching Week follow us on twitter @coachingyork.

Monday May 15th

Launch Event

York CVS Priory Street Centre Main Hall Arrive from 09.30 for 10:00-12.30

We are delighted to be partnering with York CVS, City of York Council, and TMSDI for our launch event this year.


Timothy Gallwey’s magic formula, P = P – I (Performance = Potential – Interference). What is the Interference (or types of barrier) that stands in the way of Coaching realising its true potential – not just in the workplace, but in the wider community? Contribute your insights and expertise to those of our four guest speakers who will be exploring these issues through the different lenses of Community Action, the world of academe, and the city’s main service provider that is the City Council.

Guest Speakers

Sarah Armstrong, Chief Executive, York CVS

Professor Bob Garvey, Hon President, Coaching York

Nigel Burchell, Workforce Development Manager, City of York Council

Joe Micheli, Head of Commissioning, City of York Council

NETWORK LUNCH 12.30 – 13.30 Sponsored by TMSDI

Take the opportunity to find out more about organisations in York and beyond following the “coaching way” and more about Coaching York. Our thanks to TMSDI for sponsoring our lunch again this year.

Active Listening Event York CVS 13.30 -15.00

Bernadette Cass PCC leads this session to enquire how we harness the power of listening and hear what is spoken and unspoken.  How do we use active listening to pay attention to the other person’s agenda and appreciate the impact of being fully listened to ourselves?

This interactive session is suitable for coaches and non-coaches.

Bernadette leads this Masterclass to deepen coaching skills on behalf of the UK International Coach Federation (ICF).  Fluency with coaching competencies informs us about who we are as coaches and enables us to meet our clients at our best, deepening awareness of our own style and approach, and strengthening skills and performance.

For coaches wishing to log CPD, International Coach Federation CCEUs have been applied for this event.

Click here to book a place

Visualise your future! York Army Museum, 3A Tower Street, York, YO1 9SB; 15th May, 2pm to 4.30 pm

Join The Authentic Spark for a fun, free, workshop to help you create your vision and develop your goals

Enjoy a hands-on and creative co-coaching session where you can bring your aspirations to life and create a route to making them happen. Open to anyone over 18. We have 20 places available.

Sarah Oswald aka The Authentic Spark is a coach, trainer and mentor based in North Yorkshire. She has worked for 20 years in heritage and museums but has found her purpose and passion in coaching and mentoring, using creativity wherever she can.

To book a place follow this event Brite link:

Part of York’s contribution to International Coaching Week. Supported by Coaching York.Venue generously provided by York Army Museum.

Tuesday 16th

York Coaching Group – What could Community Coaching look like? 
York St John University. De Grey Building Room 125 19.00-20.45

Peter Lumley and Geoff Ashton will lead this event in which we will explore the 
emerging landscape of community coaching. Informed by key findings from Coaching York’s research into community coaching, we will consider how new opportunities for coaching – delivered to residential communities and local communities of interest – can address some of our most salient social issues. Join us as we continue to shape our understanding of this developing area of coaching application.

Wednesday 17th

York Coaching Circle Black Swan Public House, 23 Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PR 18:30-20:30

York Coaching Circle offers inclusive and powerful learning for coaches of all levels of experience. We warmly invite you to discover how we work and the benefits of participation.  This event is open to new and former participants, or anyone who’d like to find out more.

Click here to register or for further information, please contactZoe Birch

Thursday 18th

Transactional Analysis Peer Group Gray’s Court Hotel 10.00 AM

Transactional Analysis (TA) gives people a greater awareness of their working styles, the opportunity to deepen their emotional intelligence and strategies to increase effective communication with others.

Members of this TA learning group are committed to ongoing learning and development, using TA as our theoretical framework to support us in our work.

Current group members have different backgrounds, between us having trained with TA specialists in the Psychotherapy, Organisation and Education fields in the UK and Europe.

For more information and to book a place contact

Fulford Library Coaching Taster Sessions 14.00 – 17.00
Fulford Library, St Oswalds CE School, Heslington Ln, Fulford YO10 4LX

An opportunity for people in the Fulford area on Thursday May 18th to drop in for a 45 minute coaching taster session. If you would like to join in, please either:

– leave your name and contact details at the Reception Desk at the Library; or
– ring 01904 555444; and

we will contact you to arrange a suitable time to meet.

‘You’ve got the answers, our job is to help you find them!’

Coaching with horse demonstration Gallabar Farm, Gallabar Lane, Marton-cum-Grafton. YO51 9QU (about 20 min drive form York)
10.00 – 12.30

An event for business owners, leaders and executives looking to develop their leadership and teamwork skills, and for coaches and consultants that want to consider adding this modality as part of their existing programmes.

Business is changing rapidly and the old style of business and leadership skills will no longer get you where you want to go.  What if I told you a horse could show you a new paradigm?  A way of acting and being that will serve you more effectively in the future.
As we move from the information era to the collaboration era horses can model for us how to work as a real team, one where the leadership is shared, where communication is authentic and where the vision is crystal clear. How would you like these traits in your business?
If you are intrigued to find out more then join me to celebrate International Coaching Week when I will be hosting a demonstration on how I help my clients develop their leadership, teamwork and communication skills through coaching with horses.
What we will cover
A small number of volunteers will have the unique opportunity to work hands on with the horses to learn about their leadership style and how they show up in business. No horse experience is necessary.
This event is all about experiential learning so as an audience member you will also be participating providing feedback on what you observe.
What you can expect to learn:
•    How you need to grow in order for your business to grow
•    Leadng out of your comfort zone
•    How to use your leadership strengths to overcome barriers to success
•    The importance of body language and how to communicate with clarity
•    Creating a collaborative team
•    Negotiating conflict
•    and so much more………
Places are limited so please reserve your place (at this free event) and bring along family, friends, colleagues and your clients.

Register for this event here

Friday 19th

Fierce Conversations: A Coaching Approach to Difficult Conversations. 11.00-12.00 at York Associates Peasholme House, St Saviour’s Pl, York YO1 7PJ

Join Mike Hogan, Director at York Associates, for a facilitated session looking at the concepts and methodology of Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott. Mike will share the key concepts followed by a group discussion looking at how we can support others in terms of effective communication in their own environments.

Celebration event at York Associates Peasholme House, St Saviour’s Pl, York YO1 7PJ 12.15-14.00

Join us as we round off the week with our annual celebration event. Please bring a contribution of £5.00 towards the cost of lunch

Mindfulness and Compassion at Work

One of our members, Margaret Chapman-Clarke, is jointly hosting a summit on mindfulness and compassion at work, in Madrid on 26 May. Margaret has agreed a special code to enable Coaching York colleagues to enjoy a 20% discount (“CYSPECIAL”).

Thank you Margaret and good luck with this valuable initiative.

A flyer giving full information is attached, and URL below

MCWsummit Flyer FINALv3

Community Coaching Conference

Community Coaching Conference
3rd March, Principal York hotel, York

A conference for public sector, third sector and corporates with clear CSR agendas. Let’s extend coaching beyond the workplace and into communities – why should coaching be seen as appropriate primarily for people who reach certain levels of seniority within organisations? Surely the benefits of coaching could be much more widely experienced outside  and inside the workplace.

Building on the research into Community Coaching commissioned by City of York Council and conducted by Coaching York, this jointly hosted conference will table key findings from the research, illustrate some examples of Community Coaching, and provide workshops to explore facets of the subject. Our key note speaker is Professor Bob Garvey, hon President of Coaching York.

Developing International Competence

Coaching using the International Profiler

The International Profiler (by Worldwork) is a tool to facilitate international business relationships. In this sessions we will explore the 22 international competences that form the basis of the tool and present case studies of how York Associates coaches have used it in coaching programmes for international business clients.

Time                      10.45-12.00

Location                York Associates, Peasholme House, St Saviours Place, YO17PJ.

Session Leader     Mike Hogan, Director York Associates


Let’s celebrate coaching!

Join us lunchtime on Friday 20 May, in the gorgeous surroundings of York Associates, at Peasholme House, St Saviours Place, YO17PJ from 12.00 until 13.30 for a buffet lunch celebration of the week. Please do come along and share your highlights, relax with friends and tell us how you may want to be involved with Coaching York as we move towards our Vision of “York as the Coaching Capital of the UK”.  We look forward to seeing you – after all, coaching is well worth celebrating!


Whilst there is no need to book for these events it would be helpful to let us know you are coming. Please contact us at

Future Proof your Community and Voluntary Sector Organisation

May 18 9.30-12.00

York CVS

15 Priory Street

York YO1 6ET

Fresh thinking will help us to address the challenges we face and will enable us to find new opportunities for collaboration. Sarah Armstrong Chief Executive York CVS

Join this event co-sponsored by York CVS with input from Robert Laycock, Leaders Network for Social Change, the Island and The Big Lottery Fund.

In this time of unprecedented challenges to the Community and Voluntary Sector, where the demand is constantly to “do more with less” the Sector, more than ever, needs to draw on its history of innovation and expertise. This event provides an opportunity to explore alternative responses to these challenges and harness the Sector’s collective expertise through coaching and collaboration.

Spaces are limited. To register for this free event please email Coaching York’s Geoff Ashton on Click here for more information.


ICW 2016 York - Launch Event

Coaching York ICWMay 16th – City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6GA

City of York logoCoaching York look forward to welcoming you and introducing you to International Coaching Week 2016  at our launch event hosted by the City of York Council.

Our theme for this year’s week of events is Coaching Branches Out and we will both be sharing our journey, and inviting you to join us on our journey to making York the coaching capital of the UK. As well as sharing our own story, we will be able to hear the stories of people who are working with us and benefitting from coaching.

Morning session 10.00 – 12.45

Professor Bob Garvey will open the event, sharing about the profile Coaching York has gained beyond the York area and insights from his professional work into the current benefits and impact of coaching.

Jon Stonehouse, Director of Children’s Services, Education and Skills will introduce City of York Council’s activity to make a coaching approach normal business in the organisation. Nigel Burchell, Head of Workforce development will describe in detail the Council’s journey, and how it is affecting not only internal working arrangements, but also interactions between council staff and residents.

Last year Coaching York launched its Community offer – this year we will be able to share how local coaches have generously donated their time to bring the benefits of coaching to local organisations, together with reports from recipients of our coaching offer.

We will conclude the morning with our future plans and the opportunities these provide for delegates to engage with the Coaching York vision.

Lunch 12.45 – 13.45

Afternoon session 13.45 – 15.45

We will provide time for a short coaching session with a professionally-qualified coach followed by an interactive session around coaching supervision. There is a growing recognition that supervision not only supports the ongoing professionalism of individual coaches, but is also an important element in ensuring that organisation get the best value and maximum impact from their coaching interventions. The session will be led by Bernadette Cass and Steve Page, who have extensive experience and expertise in the field of supervision.

To register for this event, please email our Steering Group member Geoff Ashton on by May 10th


International Coaching Week Conference: A Coaching Mosaic

We are really pleased to be able to announce this year’s ICW coaching conference will be hosted by York St John University on Thursday May 19th at De Grey Court – York St John University Lord Mayors Walk, York YO31 7EX, United Kingdom.

This free to attend conference invites you to join representatives from a variety of sectors to explore the myriad forms and settings of the contemporary coaching scene, and combine cutting edge coaching expertise with current hot topics to create our own ‘coaching mosaic.’ The conference will feature keynote addresses by Professor Bob Garvey from the York St John Business School and by Lis Merrick, UK President of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.  Most of the day will be devoted to participatory discussions and workshops and, in keeping with the spirit of coaching, the topics and aims of these conversations will be decided by conference delegates, using an Open Space approach.

For more details, and booking arrangements, got to the York St John website.


York Coaching Group - Resilience 16 May

york coaching groupHello Coaching Colleagues,

Our forthcoming May session kick starts a series of events celebrating International Coaching Week here in York.

Resilience – working with self and others led by Jan Brause

In this session Jan will engage you in a discussion on the theme of resilience and what this means for us as coaches and for our clients.  Resilience remains a ‘hot topic’ in both our personal and professional lives.  In a working environment driven by technology, constant change and leadership challenge we can find our energies drained by an ever increasing demand to do more with less and then feeling guilty that we have less time in our personal lives. Equally our personal lives can throw up challenges that may impact our ability to be present and focussed on our work. You will be invited to reflect on your own experiences and those of your clients exploring what resilience means for you and them and understanding why it is such an important area for development.

Drawing on methods from Heartmath®, Mindfulness and presence based approaches Jan will share what has worked for her in challenging times.  She will also offer some simple activities to connect with yourself and become aware of how you can work on improving resilience in yourself and others.

About Jan:  Jan Brause spends most of her working time, coaching, supervising coaches and designing and facilitating coach training programmes for internal, external coaches and line managers. Her interests are in working with those in transition and supporting the building of resilience, mindfulness, compassion and an awareness of the use of heart energy in our work. Jan’s experience, both in the UK and overseas, has given her a valuable perspective on individuals and organisations. She is a member of the Association for Coaching, the Association of Coaching Supervisors, CSA Accredited Coach Supervisor and is a Fellow of the CIPD.  She has written several articles on coaching related themes.

We hope you can join us … use the button below to book your place and to get details of the time and place

York Coaching Group co-ordinating team