We believe that wherever we can and whenever we can we should try contribute to society, either through pro-bono work or through working reciprocally. A lot of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was ad-hoc but we really put our shoulder to the wheel when we founded The Coaching Network in north Wales, began scoping wellbeing with the LGBT+ community, and started setting up the Young Carers Academy.
If you or your organisation would like to know more about our CSR and would like to get involved with any of our projects then please get in touch.
The Young Carers Academy (YCA)
We have been working with Carers of all ages for some time now, designing and delivering wellbeing programmes that have a positive impact on their wellbeing and resilience. We decided in 2019 to take our work a step further and after a successful crowdfunding campaign, set up the Young Carers Academy CiC in January 2020. This is a massive undertaking, and we hugely grateful for the support we are receiving from the Royal Society of Arts in developing the Academy in the years ahead.
We have a short film produced by the Royal Society of Arts that we can share with you here https://youtu.be/R7rd_uMs6Rs
You can find out more about it through our blog on the RSA website https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2019/10/recognising-and-rewarding-young-carers-through-a-young-carers-academy.
We are inviting all of our colleagues, friends, allies and everyone who has an interest in giving something back will help us to make this a success. If you would like to find out more then please get in touch.
LGBT+ Scoping study
In 2018 we began working pro-bono with Sahir House, a major Aids charity in Liverpool to scope out what wellbeing means to older gay men. This ground-breaking study identifies what has supported and detracted from wellbeing and identifies what matters to older gay men as they approach their later years.
You can now purchase a copy the report from this study on the link below, and you might like to know that all profits from sale will go to the Young Carers Academy. https://learning.grayswellbeing.co.uk/product/the-modern-gay-man-a-history-of-his-resilience-and-wellbeing/
Our LGBT+ wellbeing workshops have been rescheduled for 2021, you can commission these directly for your organisation, if you would like to know more please get in touch.
The Coaching Network
Boasting a national and international community of professionals, the Coaching Network works to support members, and share resources and is led by Dr Dee Gray. Work is undertaken on a reciprocal basis by all members, so that the Network operates in a similar way to ‘Time Banking’ (see Edgar Cahn). This means that members contribute to the development of the Coaching Network without charging a fee, as contributing members they are then able to access the resources of the Coaching Network for free. Unlike most traditional time banks, the Coaching Network does not have a ‘bank’, all work is undertaken on trust. Our membership is hosted on Linkedin, this is where you join the Coaching Network, have conversations, and advertise any reciprocal arrangements you would like to offer.
What does the Coaching Network do?
We are a learning and working community for professionals who wish to keep their knowledge and skills up to date. Our members run workshop/seminar series along broad themes, which are not all coaching focused so that there is something for everyone. We work in collaboration with organisations too, the reciprocal exchange here involves the organisation identifying a learning opportunity for their staff and in return they provide premises for the Coaching Network to meet.
As a working community we work collaboratively on projects, we share ideas and resources on the understanding that ‘what goes around comes around’. The Coaching Network hosts reciprocal events each year, these have included World Cafés that focused on coaching collaboration with local communities in North Wales, and world peace with the Welsh Centre for International Affairs in Cardiff. We have held a major conference with plenary speakers Edgar Cahn (founder of Time Banking) and Dr Neil Wooding that focused on coaching and co-production in communities; we have been invited to speak at a TEDx event and to present the Coaching Network as a case study for the Training Journal Winter Conference.
Besides hosting a range of inspirational workshops and bringing coaching into the heart of local communities we continue to work collaboratively and reciprocally with public and third sector organisations. We are currently working closely with the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and opening up opportunities to become an RSA Fellow through The Coaching Network membership.