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York Coaching Group- 28 November, York St. Johns Uni 18.30 for 19.00 start

Owning privilege – a coaches perspective

As coaches we are constantly aware of and engage with notions of power and diversity in our practice. We will all work with the use, misuse and abuse of power in work settings and how that power is ‘allocated’ and embodied. We also work with what it means to belong, what it means to be on the margin and what it means to be excluded from situations, groups, decisions – the relational aspects of being at work.

Come and join us to explore issues of power and privilege and no doubt take away some food for thought and reflection in relation to your own practice and experience.

The event notifications are sent via Eventbrite email and if you wish to receive them please contact

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:

Transactional Analysis Learning Group

Transactional Analysis gives people a greater awareness of their working styles, the opportunity to extend their emotional intelligence and strategies to increase effective communication with others.  Many coaches use TA to manage their relationships with clients and to deepen their learning and develop creative working options

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.  Our focus is to be a peer led learning group. Participants do not have to be committed to a formal TA learning contract or programme.

If you’re interested or would like to know more please contact

Date: 10 July 2017 from 1.30 to 4.30 pm.

Location: To be confirmed

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

International Coaching Week 2015 18th – 23rd May

Last year Coaching York helped support a number coaching related events and activities across the city as part of International Coaching Week. This was a major event for us and one of the first initiatives we launched to begin our quest to help raise awareness of the Coaching amongst our local communities and businesses (International Coaching Week 2014).  It was a great success and only possible with the great enthusiasm of our volunteers and supporters. We are pleased to announce our intention to make International Coaching Week 2015 another big event in the local coaching calendar, so hold 18th – 23rd May firm in your diary to ensure you don’t miss out on another range of exciting events.

Interested in getting involved?

We are looking to form a working group to help develop, plan and organise the programme, and we also need coaches, contributors and speakers for the week itself, can you help?  There are a number of ways you can get involved and we’ve listed some of these below.

Contact us to pledge your support!

If you would like to join us on the planning group and/or can offer your time to support the week events please contact us on and let us know how you would like to be involved.  We will plan a preliminary meeting of the planning group for early February so we can get things organized.

 Working Group & Events Co-ordination  

  • Events management – Liaising with venues, speakers and ensuring resources & equipment needs are anticipated
  • Publicity – Press, Radio, TV
  • Developing and help to managing our social media campaign
  • Communications & advertising
  • Event booking (particular anybody who has experience of using Eventbrite
  • Media support – We’re hoping to produce 1 or 2 small videos
  • Bloggers & Photographer/s to record and capture live updates throughout the week

Coaching support, Speakers, Event Hosts, Workshop Facilitators

  • Can you offer some time to provide 1-2-1 coaching sessions to the community at any point during the week?
  • Could you facilitate a group coaching session for community groups?
  • Might you like to offer a specific coaching related input or talk to meet the needs of the community or business, or offer a professional development for practicing coaches?
  • Would you be interested in hosting a webinar or video conference during the week?
  • Is there a story you would like to tell or could share to help inspire others?
  • Is there something you are working on you would like to test or promote

 …. Come on pledge your support now it will be fun!


Business needs for the future and another award for Bob Garvey

Here’s an opportunity for you and your business clients to have some input to help shape government policy about investment in our area.

Innovate York are researching the needs of northern business communities over the next few years so that they can inform the government about the scale and nature of the likely requirements. They would welcome you putting your own views into the mix by completing a short survey:

It is only 8 tick box questions long so will take less than a couple of minutes. Innovate York would appreciate if you circulate the survey to other businesses in the region. Innovate York is a partnership between Science City York ( and City of York Council.

EMCC 2014 Mentoring Award: Professor Bob Garvey

Our Honorary President, Professor Robert Garvey, is having a great year with yet another award recognising his contribution to the world of coaching and mentoring. This time it is the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) who have chosen Bob as the winner of their 2014 Mentoring Award. Bob holds the chair in Business Education at York St John Business School and is one of Europe’s leading academic practitioners of mentoring and coaching. He currently mentors a number of people from a variety of organisations and has published many papers on the practice of mentoring in a variety of journals. He is one of the founding members of EMCC.


Last month he was voted an award for his contributions to mentoring and this month Prof Bob has no less than two articles in ‘Coaching at Work’. In the first, our Honorary President talks about the work of Coaching York, what we’ve been up to and what we’re currently doing. Under the headline ‘York aims to be the Coaching Capital of the UK, the article can be found here.

The second article is more about Bob Garvey himself, his personal journey towards mentoring mastery, his beliefs and his values. In the piece, ‘Cat Amongst the Pigeons’, he talks about standard business models not being “…designed to help poor people so, if we’re serious about greater equality, we need to get rid of the huge discrepancies between the haves and the have-nots and find different models of engagement.” Models that build on the strengths of coaching and mentoring…

Coaching at Work have kindly made an extract of the article publicly available here.

Each One Teach One

Each One Teach One is an innovative and exciting partnership between one of our members, Chapel House Training and Consultancy and the Chapeltown Youth Development Centre (CYDC) in Leeds, which provides professional coach training and accreditation to community champions. Chapel House delivered the project through its social enterprise sister company, Community Pathfinders.

CYDC is and located in the vibrant multicultural Chapeltown suburb of Leeds. CYDC focuses on helping young people to develop important life skills, in addition to addressing issues of offending and anti-social behaviour common to many inner city urban areas. It builds partnerships between statutory and voluntary bodies and has been successful in harnessing the considerable energy and commitment of its community workers. CYDC, working mainly with younger people in Chapeltown. Each One Teach One combined the enthusiasm of residents with professional training from Community Pathfinders resulting in 13 people progressing towards the ILM Level 3 standard in coaching and mentoring. Prospective coaches were subjected to a robust vetting process after which they agreed to commit to deliver the training and record-keeping requirements of ILM, and to repay the investment with a commitment to a minimum number of coaching hours in the Chapeltown community over a period of two years.

The results have been impressive. Coaches have increased personal confidence, some have found paid employment, and most are progressing towards completing the ILM course. Through their coaching they have helped young people learn and apply practical skills, and in some cases, enabled them to identify and address anti-social motivations and direct their energies more constructively for the benefit of the wider community. The benefits haven’t stopped there. Coaching skills learned by volunteers have been applied far more broadly than the original focus on young people such as providing coaching for older people in life skills and local entrepreneurs in small business start-ups. And an additional plus for CYDC is that they are in a position to negotiate a financial return from other organisations wanting to draw on their expertise, in the same way as is appropriate for any organisation providing a service to a nationally recognised accredited standard.

Each One Teach One demonstrates the realisable impact of the combination of community based delivery partner (CYDC) with an accredited training partner (Chapel House) to make a high standard of professional coaching expertise accessible to a community which would otherwise be unable to obtain it.

The project was funded by both statutory and local organisations, a tailored rate from Community Pathfinders, and trainers willing to give of their own time to see the project through to a successful conclusion

For more information about Each One Teach One, email