What we're about

The Purpose of the Group

To encourage people with an interest in facilitation to meet together in the Midlands & East of England for networking, learning and mutual support.

Who should join

Anybody with an interest in group process facilitation, including facilitators and others who use or commission facilitation. Members of IAF (the International Association of Facilitators) and non-members are equally welcome.

Why?

Facilitation is the art of "making things easier" for a group to achieve its desired results. Every meeting or process that is facilitated has an impact on the individuals and the groups of which they are a part. Good facilitation can change the way people think and act, and ultimately support them to positively change the world around them.

Facilitation is relatively new as a profession, but it is emerging in ever new and diverse settings. Some facilitators run their own companies, providing facilitation services on contract, some work full time as facilitators in companies, universities, or non profit organisations. Many people do facilitation without thinking or describing themselves as facilitators.

We asked some of our regulars what they have appreciated most about IAF E&W Meetups and why should others be interested - they replied:

• "The sharing of ideas" - Jonathan Bannister (https://twitter.com/jlbLDN/status/969847955514683393)

• "Meeting diverse practitioners of facilitation - and learning together" - Michael Ambjorn (https://twitter.com/michaelambjorn/status/969584841137250304)

"Expanding my thinking AND facilitation practice through peers generously sharing their ideas" - Andi Roberts CPF (https://twitter.com/Andi_Roberts/status/969622254375096320)

• "It's a brilliant initiative - a great way to build your facilitation skills whilst networking with like-minded sorts" - Neil Fogarty (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6377818147197714432?commentUrn=urn%3Ali%3Acomment%3A%28activity%3A6377818147197714432%2C6377819903281500160%29)

• "Diversity of input, quality of input, creation of our "own space", snowball effect over time as our numbers have grown, commitment of some key players @martingilbraith @orford @penny_walker_sd to name a few" - Mike Pounsford CPF (https://twitter.com/mikepounsford/status/969846033667772417)

• "#IAFMeetups offer a wonderful opportunity to learn from each other, to share experiences and to practice new ways of facilitation in a friendly and fun environment. I look forward to each meet up and enjoy being with fellow facilitators from different nationalities" - Pinar Akkaya (https://twitter.com/PINARAKKAYA/status/970337315561320448?s=09)

• "Learning. Every meetup I have attended I have learnt more about facilitation from peers. It’s also great to feel a sense of belonging to a community with shared values and common goals. I think this feeling of being part of a profession or industry has all sorts of benefits to me as an individual (now a CPF) and my business." - Sean Blair CPF (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6374213391011188736?commentUrn=urn%3Ali%3Acomment%3A%28activity%3A6374213391011188736%2C6375745011706925056%29)

• "Setting out as a facilitator on my own was a scary decision but I have met so many great people through the meet ups, weather thats someone to run an idea past or even to try out something new with. Its a really wonderful community to be a part of!" - Camilla Gordon (https://twitter.com/CamillaGordon/status/970267520685965312?s=19)

• "I love meeting other facilitators - I feel I can relax and share openly, have fun and learn loads. It's also great to share a skill or approach with facilitators - people ask such great questions and I learn more about the thing I'm sharing every time! There's a generosity and love of learning which makes these meet-ups special. And a surprisingly wide range of people and ways that they use their skills" - Penny Walker (https://www.facebook.com/groups/IAFEnglandWales/permalink/2069387650053768/?comment_id=2074416402884226&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D)

Our sister groups

See also our sister groups in Wales, the Midlands & East of England, South West England, the North of England and London & South East England - find links at https://www.iaf-world.org/site/chapters/england-wales.

Please connect with us online also, by joining IAF England & Wales facilitators & friends in our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/IAFEnglandWales/) & LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1856860/) groups and by following & tweeting with IAF England & Wales on Twitter (https://twitter.com/IAFEnglandWales). Please also take a few minutes to complete our online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XG5XFYZ), to help to make IAF England & Wales and our facilitation meetups more valuable to you in the coming year - thank you!

Our partners

IAF England & Wales (https://www.iaf-world.org/site/chapters/england-wales) promotes the group to IAF members and covers group & venue costs. ICA:UK (http://www.ica-uk.org.uk/) promotes the meetup group to its 'ToP' facilitation trainers & trainees and IABC UK (https://iabcemena.com/uk/) promotes the meetup group to its members. Please contact us (http://www.meetup.com/IAF-facilitators-and-friends/members/14346331/) if you may be interested in partnering with us yourself.

Upcoming events (5+)

Birmingham facilitators monthly coffee meetup

Cherry Reds Cafe

Join our monthly Morning coffee meetup, on the 1st Friday morning of every month and spend an hour or two in good company talking about all things facilitation! Please share a review on the group page afterwards, to let others know how you found the meetup - and please use the hashtag #IAFMeetup on social media before, during & after the meetup!

Warwick facilitators monthly coffee meetup

Coffee #1

Join our monthly Morning Warwickshire coffee meetup, on the 1st Tuesday morning of every month. Curated by the International Association of Facilitators, this is an informal meetup where anyone with an interest in facilitation can come along and network with likeminded people. If you are interested in attending, be sure to use the hashtag #IAFMeetup on social media before, during & after the meetup! All you need is an enquiring and open mind :)

Birmingham facilitators co-working/learning/networking day

The Transfer Co-Working Space - in The Old Print Works

£5.00

We're meeting up at a co-working office in Birmingham, spending the morning working on our own projects in a shared co-working office, and the afternoon sharing facilitation ideas, plans, tips and techniques. We will have a separate meeting room to use from 1-4pm. We'll start with lunch (please bring your own) and then create an agenda for the afternoon based around people's interests, questions, things they've brought to share, sessions they would like to offer etc. The co-working space at The Transfer is open from 8.30am-6pm. They offer a free trial day, but you need to book your free day on their website https://www.oldprintworks.org/shop/co-working. The £5 charge on meetup is to cover the hire of the meeting room. The venue is on the number 50 bus route in Balsall Heath - 10 minutes on the bus from the city centre, or not far from the Rea Valley cycle route. More details of location and how to get there at https://www.oldprintworks.org/getting-to-the-old-print-works/ Please note that the venue is not wheelchair accessible. If this first co-working meetup proves popular we will find an accessible venue for the next one.

England & Wales facilitators monthly virtual coffee meetup

Join our monthly virtual coffee meetup, for informal networking and facilitation chat from the comfort of your own home or desk, from 10-11am on the second Monday of each month - all welcome, bring your own coffee! To see who has RSVPd from other regions, check out our sister meetup groups in Wales, the Midlands & East of England, South West England, the North of England and London & South East of England - for links, see https://www.iaf-world.org/site/chapters/england-wales. We will meet in Adobe Connect. You will need a computer with good internet connection, webcam and a microphone and headphones so that others do not get feedback from your speakers to your mic. A wired ethernet connection is advised, in preference to wifi. Adobe Connect apps are available for participation via tablets and smartphones, however functionality is limited so use of a computer is recommended. To join the meetup go to http://bit.ly/iafmeetup or http://top.adobeconnect.com/iafmeetup/ To ensure that you will be able to connect, you can test your system in advance at https://top.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm Once in the Adobe meeting room, participate by typing in the chat (bottom left), and to connect your audio & video click on 'start my webcam' or click on the mic & webcam buttons at the top of your screen (they will turn from white to green) - see the photos. Our virtual coffee meetups are not recorded, however screenshots may be shared and the meeting room is publicly accessible, so please do not share data in the chat that you would not want publicly accessible. Please share online (before, during & after!) with the hashtag #IAFMeetup.

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