What we're about

The Purpose of the Group

To encourage people with an interest in facilitation to meet together across Scotland 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 IAF England & Wales regulars what they have appreciated most about their 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

This group is an initiative of IAF Scotland, with the support of IAF England & Wales. See also our sister groups in Ireland, 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 .

You are welcome to connect also with 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 ).

Upcoming events (5+)

UK & Ireland facilitators virtual coffee meetup

Needs a location

Join our monthly virtual coffee meetup in partnership between IAF England & Wales, IAF Scotland and Ireland, for informal networking and facilitation chat from the comfort of your own home or desk, from 11am-12 noon on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - all welcome, bring your own coffee! To see who has RSVPd from elsewhere, check out our sister meetup groups - Ireland, Scotland, 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 Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/933442641 - for details of how to join a Zoom meeting, see https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting For the best experience for everyone, please join from a quiet location and with a fast, wired internet connection if you can; and with a webcam and a headset (in preference to built-in mic & speakers) in order to reduce interference and noise. 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

Annual Conference - the Power and Practice of Facilitation

Join us to celebrate and promote the power of facilitation, and to connect, network and learn with other IAF facilitators & friends from across England & Wales and beyond! For International Facilitation Week 2019 we extend to our annual all-day all England & Wales networking & learning meetup to two full days of annual conference on the theme "The Power and Practice of Facilitation". What you can expect You can expect a diverse range of highly interactive, peer-led parallel sessions to choose from - common to previous years' annual all-day meetups, and our regular afternoon networking & learning meetups around the country. Details of the programme will be confirmed on the conference Eventbrite page they are finalised over the summer - check out the draft programme and 15 parallel sessions already offered (as of June) at https://iafewfacweek2019.eventbrite.com To share any questions, offers, suggestions or requests for the programme, including speakers, sessions or raffle prizes, please add a comment below. Registrations, fees & discounts RSVP for free here to indicate that you plan to attend, however to attend you must also this year register & pay on Eventbrite at https://iafewfacweek2019.eventbrite.com. Register for both days, or just for Friday or Saturday. Our low, break-even registration fees include lunches and morning & afternoon refreshments but not evening meals or accommodation. Discounts are available for early registrations until 14 July (extended from 30 June), and an additional 25% off all rates is available to IAF members - please ask for the promotional code if you have not received it. If you are not yet an IAF member and would like to join, you can save a whopping 25% on your first year's membership if you buy it when you register for both days. For more on IAF membership see https://www.iaf-world.org/site/benefits - International Facilitation Week 2019 is 7-13 October, however we have scheduled our annual #FacWeek event in the 3rd week of October as usual.

Scotland facilitators bi-monthly coffee meetup

Fredericks Coffee House

Join us for facilitation chat and networking at our new Scotland facilitators coffee meetup, on the second Friday of every second month from 10.30am - 12 noon in central Edinburgh. If you are interested but can't join us, please leave a comment to let us know where and when would suit you for future local meetups. 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. See you then!

UK & Ireland facilitators virtual coffee meetup

Needs a location

Join our monthly virtual coffee meetup in partnership between IAF England & Wales, IAF Scotland and Ireland, for informal networking and facilitation chat from the comfort of your own home or desk, from 11am-12 noon on the 3rd Tuesday of each month - all welcome, bring your own coffee! To see who has RSVPd from elsewhere, check out our sister meetup groups - Ireland, Scotland, 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 Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/933442641 - for details of how to join a Zoom meeting, see https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting For the best experience for everyone, please join from a quiet location and with a fast, wired internet connection if you can; and with a webcam and a headset (in preference to built-in mic & speakers) in order to reduce interference and noise. 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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