What we're about

The Purpose of the Group

To encourage people with an interest in facilitation to meet together in Wales 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+)

IAF England & Wales facilitators & friends 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.

IAF England & Wales facilitators & friends 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.

Agile and Facilitation - IAF Europe Middle East conference #AgileFac2019

We're very excited to announce the IAF EME Conference 2019 will be hosted in Milan, Italy! AGILE AND FACILITATION We value individuals and interactions over processes and tools. Agile movement has changed the way people work together in software industry and has become one of the new paradigms of teamwork and project management. Agile approach is extensively based on facilitative leadership and facilitation, and people working in agile have developed their own facilitation tools and techniques. The IAF Europe and Middle East 2019 regional conference will explore the relationship between Agile and Facilitation. What is the role of facilitation into the Agile movement? What are the facilitation techniques and tools that have been most successfully applied from Agilists? Is there any facilitation technique developed by Agilists that has been used by facilitators in other industries and sectors? CONFERENCE Simplicity is to maximize the amount of work done. The IAF EME 2019 Regional Conference will be organised with an Agile format. The works will start on Thursday at 2.30pm and will last until Saturday at 1pm. On Thursday afternoon and Friday will run workshops proposed by participants, while Saturday morning will be in an open space format. VENUE The conference will be hosted in the premises of a no-profit organisation called Olinda. We will work in a theatre, TeatroLaCucina, in the middle of a beautiful park inside the former psychiatric hospital Paolo Pini, in Milan. It is a space managed by La Fabbrica di Olinda, another NGO that since 1999 has as its objective the social inclusion of people with mental health problems in a context rich in choices and exchanges in combination with urban regeneration project. ACCOMMODATION Milano is full of hotels and rooms to let. Considering that the conference venue is very well connected with the city center via metro line 3 or passante ferroviario, any place along the metro line 3 or passante ferroviario coud work, for example around central railway station or also garibaldi central station. If you need to find a place to sleep on a budget, or you prefer to sleep close to the conference venue, we suggest the Olinda hostel, run by the same cooperative that runs the theater where we work. REGISTRATION The venue can host 120 participants at max. Our aim is to keep member attendance fee as lower as possible. 1. IAF members registration fee will be $220 USD 2. IAF non members registration fee $340 USD We welcome members and non members that want support our efforts by adding a support registration option of $100 USD to your registration. The registration fee includes an evening aperitivo Thursday and Friday and a water station available to participants for the entire duration of the works. For the rest of the time it will be open in the hall where we work a paid food service run by an NGO. You pay what you eat. For full details and to register for the conference please visit https://www.iaf-world.org/site/iafeme2019 Please RSVP here to let other meetup group members know that you (note that your RSVP here does NOT register you for the conference!), and please use the hashtag #AgileFac2019 to spread the word more widely! 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 England (see About Us).

IAF England & Wales facilitators & friends 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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