News and events

Coaching York is the gateway to all things coaching in York and the surrounding area.  On this page you’ll find a wealth of event and news items about coaching and related subjects. If you have an event which you think might be of interest to coaches, then send it in and we’ll publish it.

Coaching Masterclass, 7 December

Establishing the Coaching Agreement.

Bernadette Cass PCC leads this Masterclass to develop coaching skills on behalf of the UK International Coach Federation, taking place on Thursday 7 December from 6pm to 8pm.

Fluency with coaching competencies informs us about who we are as coaches and enables us to meet our clients at our best, deepening coach awareness of our style and approach, and strengthening skills and performance.

The topic for this evening is Establishing the Coaching Agreement

How do coaches invite clients to name the coaching objectives and partner with them to support the achievement of attainable outcomes?

How do coaches invite clients to achieve their goal for each session within the context of achieving the overall goals of the coaching programme.  How do we recognise when the coaching agreement may need to be adjusted?

ICF Continuing Coach Education Units (CCEUs for CPD) are available for this event, and tickets are free.  Book tickets here:

Use this link to learn more about the core competencies:

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

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

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