Coaching York

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Coaching York is a flourishing community of coaches serving the community

We are a social enterprise

We coach individuals, organisations and communities, to develop the skills, confidence and belief they need to make positive and sustainable change. In this way, we act as a catalyst in our communities.  We are a not-for-profit group, offering paid-for as well as gift-in-kind coaching and helping to build new partnerships between very different types of organisation. 

"Coaching York is a community asset, a social enterprise enabling people to
have new and different conversations in their communities. City of York
Council have benefited from their advice as we have developed coaching
skills to support our organisational development"

Nigel Burchell, Workforce Development Manager, City of York Council

We are a connected community of local coaches and coaching enthusiasts. Our open and growing membership has access to a vibrant programme of education and professional development.

“You will be joining what is probably the most active and best coaching group in the UK,”

Professor Bob Garvey, Hon President

Members are encouraged to take part, to expand the range of professional development and to shape the future growth of Coaching York. Everything we do to grow and support this coaching community is run by ourselves.

“There is a richness of education and professional development for coaches here in York. Through our events diary, we make it visible at a glance.  We also encourage more coaches to lead events or join the education group,”   

Catherine Adamson, CY CPD group

Coaching York’s community work as professional coaches or are coaching enthusiasts.  We connect face-to-face and through social media with each other and with people looking for a coach.  Every member is invited to post a brief biography. To see who we are and what we offer, look at our CY People page.

“When I moved from London to York it felt like the most wonderful serendipity to find this thriving community of coaches to join.  I love being able to make things happen under the CY umbrella!”  

Joanne Rule, CY communications group.

Recent Posts

Time for a positive conversation?

Coaching York are delighted to be working with Explore York this Autumn to offer everyone an opportunity to experience the benefits of a positive coaching conversation. Explore’s vision is to enable everyone to live fuller, more connected and engaged lives. They provide the public library and archives service for the city of York. They run…

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International Coaching Week 2019 and Coaching York

Author: Peter Lumley

Date: 31st May 2019

As we reflect back on our fifth year of response to ICF’s invitation to celebrate coaching, it is interesting to note how our approach to this very ‘full on’ week of coaching activity has developed over the years. Yes, we still have the range of coaching events (11 this year) around the city, some in…

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Well-being or being well – what does this mean?

Author: Jean Welsh

Date: 5th June 2019

Well-being or being well – what does this mean How do we as coaches support individuals with this? In my view, well-being isn’t just about physical and mental health, but also about realising our potential and having positive self-worth. People I have coached have identified a wide variety of issues associated with well-being, such as…

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Coaching Walk at York Minster

Author: Geoff Ashton

Date: 20th May 2019

Twelve Minster volunteers joined Geoff Ashton on a coaching walk around the Minster that led them on a personal, shared, and spiritual journey of discovery. The walk stopped at 4 points (West Window, Chapter House, Rose Window and Great East Window) to reflect and to look at the Minster with fresh eyes.  Geoff writes: ‘’In…

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Would you like to be the new Chair of Coaching York?

Author: Catherine Adamson

Date: 9th April 2019

As founder Peter Lumley stands down from his role as chair, Coaching York is looking for a gifted and motivated person to fill the role. The ideal candidate will be a qualified coach who is a great networker, committed to working collaboratively.  And we are happy to consider applicants wishing to become a co-chair. You…

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What’s been happening at the Peer Support Group?

Author: Sarah Nicholson

Date: 22nd January 2019

This group has surpassed all our expectations. Each meeting,  we leave feeling energised and positive. It allows us as professionals, to share our experiences, ask questions and think deeply. The diversity makes the group special. An environment underpinned with trust, allows us explore what it is to be a coach and business owner, finding solutions…

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Internships Graduates and Banana Coaching – Supporting York St John University

Author: Geoff Ashton

Date: 17th January 2019

A developing relationship York St John University is a long-standing supporter of Coaching York, through provision of rooms for meetings, hosting the York Coaching Group, and co-design and delivery of conferences during International Coaching Week. Reciprocity is at the heart of this relationship, and in that spirit Fiona Smith and Geoff Ashton have been sharing…

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Bootham Park Coaching Walk

Author: Joanne Rule

Date: 16th November 2018

CY members are exploring the potential of coaching walks.  Growing in popularity, coaching walks are usually about coaching clients as you walk together around a lake, or over fell and fen.  Coaching York is using this approach with groups of citizens, to help them imagine desired futures in the city. We’re doing this in partnership…

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The Ideas Mine – A Partnership

Author: Geoff Ashton

Date: 3rd October 2018

Coaching York is developing its relationship with The Ideas Mine (www.theideasmine.co.uk) in our shared endeavour to support third sector innovation.  “The Ideas Mine already has a strong track record as specialists in strategic organisational development, and is partnering with Coaching York to further support their offer around people development,” says CY’s Geoff Ashton. John Sargent of The Ideas Mine welcomed this…

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Growing York Leaders – A sense of place

Author: Joanne Rule

Date: 18th September 2018

We’re developing a group coaching offer with a difference. This is coaching for leaders who want to bring sustainable change to their city and its people, working beyond their organisational and sector boundaries to engage their wider communities. “People use different language to describe their challenges but you’ll hear phrases like place-based or adaptive and…

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