Like many people, I’ve been on the receiving end of good coaching, which has helped me do things like focus, prioritise, untangle, clarify direction, identify next steps and other good things.
Wanting to help others to achieve similar good things, I chose to add coaching skills to my existing freelance training and HR consultancy work, and did an AfC accredited Certificate in Performance Development Coaching in 2011. Through HR and Coaching networks in and around York I experienced little difficulty in exploring and practising coaching, but found it harder to secure paid coaching work.
It became increasingly clear to me that those organisations familiar with coaching already had their own internal resource, or looked to source externally as required. Many such organisations were unaware of the extent of coaching talent available locally. Many other organisations were unaware of coaching, let alone knowing where to look for a good coach.
And so it was that Coaching York was conceived in March 2013, with yours truly sowing the seeds of a coaching consortium with a group of like minded coaches. Initially intent on the creation of a simple database of good local coaches that local employers could access, the focus soon changed as discussions with politicians, councils, universities, hospitals and other local organisations started to reveal the huge potential that coaching has when applied to social and community issues.
Coaching helps people understand themselves a little better; helps prepare people to enter / re-enter / exit the world of work; helps prepare for life after work; and helps people consider theirs, and others’, behaviours.
To help an individual address any of the above is a pleasure and a privilege. To see the collective impact on society of many individuals being helped in this way seems like a useful thing to do.
That’s why I started, and am involved in, Coaching York.
Chair, Coaching York