Current Projects


Here is where we will be posting our current projects. We hope you’ll find they give you ideas for projects of your own.

Action Learning is a process of working and learning in small groups where participants meet regularly to focus on work-based issues, problems and questions. It provides a structure to progressively work through a project and a space for reflection and ‘time out to think’ – a sort of think tank to air thoughts and ideas with a friendly group of 6 like-minded people.

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Current Projects

We have just completed our Big Lottery funded project, which included groups for Chief Execs, Community Leaders, Community Entrepreneurs, Community Organisers and Volunteer Managers. As well as Action Learning groups, we offered one to one coaching and mentoring in this project. Subscribe to our mailing list to find out about future funded projects.

We are still offering the following projects at low community rates. Email us to find out details of our sliding scale.

1.    CEOs & Community Leaders
For people running organisations or projects with a community benefit
½ day once a month for 5 months
North London (near tube station)

2.    Entrepreneurs
For people running their own businesses
½ day once a month for 5 months
North London (near tube station)

3.    Social Entrepreneurs
For people running social interest businesses
½ day once a month for 5 months
North London (near tube station)

4.    Volunteer Managers
For people managing volunteers or projects involving volunteers.
½ day once a month for 5 months
North London (near tube station)

5.    Community Organisers
For people who facilitate projects within their community.
½ day once a month for 5 months
North London (near tube station)

6.    Action Learning Programmes for Professional and Personal Development
CAL’s custom programmes include one or more of: Action Learning groups, Action Learning Facilitator Training (see below), Virtual Action Learning (VAL), and advance skills including how to use Systems Thinking and Appreciative Inquiry in AL groups. Organisation outcomes include: capacity building for internal AL and coaching initiatives; embedding a coaching culture; cross-department communication; knowledge sharing; addressing stress/enhancing resilience.


Training Course for Action Learning Facilitators

CAL is delighted to announce that we’re starting to train Action Learning facilitators, in partnership with Carter Hall Associates.
If you facilitate others as part of your role, whether you are a project worker, a community organiser or working in collaboration with colleagues, Action Learning is a great addition to your skill set.
The course equips you with the theory, format and skills of AL facilitation and how to introduce this method to others.  As well as learning how to use AL in your work, you’ll also gain professionally and personally as AL helps develop confidence, communication skills, self-awareness and problem-solving ability. Email us and we’ll send you full details.

How we work:

Two experienced trainers work with the group providing you with a complete learning experience so by the end of the 3 days, you will have the experience and confidence to use an AL approach with your groups.  The trainers will also share their own insights and resources with you.
We believe in learning by doing, so participants work in a real AL group or ‘Set’ from the beginning. Each person facilitates the training Set twice during the course.

You will gain:

1.    an understanding of Action Learning theory and practice
2.    the skills necessary to become an effective Action Learning facilitator
3.    the knowledge to start using Action Learning with a group or team
4.    experience of using our tried and tested format
5.    ideas, tools and resources to use with your own teams, groups and Sets

The course is for people who have some experience of working with groups, however no previous Action Learning experience is required. Comprehensive learning materials are provided which you can take away.

Is the course recognised?
The course is the Professional Development Programme in Action Learning Facilitation and isendorsed by the ILM (Institute for Leadership and Management).  This means that you are assured of the experience of the trainers and the quality of the course content.  The programme consists of 3 days face-to-face followed by an optional assessed section, which you do in your own time.

About Carter Hall Associates
CHA has a track record of designing and running AL facilitator programmes and AL sets in more than 30 organisations in the UK and Ireland and is an ILM (Institute for Leadership and Management) recognised training provider.  See the website for more details

Previous participants say:
 “Wow! ….. what an amazing 3 days …. so intense, so purposeful, so thought provoking and so very skilfully delivered  – thank you both so very much.”
Clare Fellows, Black Country Partnership for Care

 “A really inspirational course!  I can see there will be many opportunities to use the learning in the workplace, with many different groups.”
Sarah King, Jobcentre Plus

“I now feel fully prepared to introduce Action Learning Sets into the organisation and feel confident that they will be able to be used effectively by many people. I would highly recommend this course.”
Richard Green, Bath and North East Somerset Social Services

“The training has given us a lot of confidence to carry out action learning ourselves as facilitators.  (The trainers) created a very relaxed atmosphere which enabled us to really learn – and feel we could make mistakes and learn from them.”
Sue Peters