What we're about

The Purpose of the Group

To encourage people with an interest in facilitation to meet together 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.


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 Ireland and Scotland- find links at https://www.iaf-world.org/site/chapters/eng... (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 (https://www.meetup.com/IAF-facilitators-and-friends/members/14346331/) if you may be interested in partnering with us yourself.

Upcoming events (4+)

Facilitation Week 2021 Morning Coffee

Online event

A chance to check in with others over a coffee each morning of Facilitation Week (18-22 October)

What tools could we use to help clients navigate these uncertain times?

This workshop is a chance to share and explore some different tools and methods that we could use as facilitators to help the organisations we work with navigate through uncertain times. Come along with your ideas, perhaps a method or tool that you'd like to try out or share, or just your curiosity. This workshop is part of a series of meet-ups hosted by IAF England and Wales as part of Facilitation Week 2021. The workshop will be hosted by Helene Jewell and Hilary Topp.

Facilitation Week 2021 Morning Coffee

Online event

A chance to check in with others over a coffee each morning of Facilitation Week (18-22 October)

UK & Ireland facilitators virtual coffee meetup

Online event

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!

We meet in Zoom - 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.

Those who are able are encouraged to stay on for a few minutes after the meetup to record some audio snippets for our fortnightly #IAFpodcast Facilitation Stories - for example, feedback on the day's virtual meetup or on other meetups, a response to issues raised in a previous podcast episode, or a facilitation story of your own. For more on the podcast check out http://facilitationstories.libsyn.com/ and on twitter @Fac_Stories.

Please share online (before, during & after!) with the hashtag #IAFMeetup.

Past events (327)

South West facilitators monthly coffee meetup

Online event

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