Coaching and mentoring - your guide to successfully finding a coach on the Wales Coaching Network
If you're interested in finding a coach to help your own personal or professional development, you can sign up to this website and search our list of coaches.
- Who is coaching for?
- What does coaching offer?
- Get started
- Ethical code for coaching
- Common questions
Who is coaching for?
The short answer is anyone who wants to improve the way they perform their role and who wants to make the most of what they have to offer. Coaching only works if the person being coached (the 'coachee') is prepared to make changes and is ready to explore how they can make the most of their skills and abilities. Examples include:
- starting a new role
- taking on a new team
- improving your own performance
- preparing for a career change
- dealing with periods of uncertainty
Our Sowing Seeds document gives more details about the benefits and ethos of coaching:
What does coaching offer?
The following table will help you to decide whether coaching is likely to meet your needs:
|A coach possesses specialist coaching skills which are applicable in a range of situations.||A mentor possesses specialist professional / organisational knowledge.|
|A coach has a holistic approach and focuses on specific goals or areas for improvement, often as much about personal as professional development.||A mentor focuses on work-based professional issues and career development.|
|A coaching relationship is generally short / medium term, sometimes timebound; sessions are usually structured in nature, with regular scheduled meetings.||A mentoring relationship is more flexible and can last over a long period of time with periods of little / no contact.|
|A coach seeks answers from the coachee and does not offer advice.||A mentor may offer advice, provide opportunities and introduce a mentee to professional networks.|
- If you think that coaching is for you, you can sign up to this website to search for a coach. You'll need to be an employee of a public service or third/voluntary sector organisation in Wales.
- You'll need to agree to our ethical code for coaching (below). A full set of terms and conditions is also available.
- You can filter the list of available coaches by using the tick boxes at the side of the list. You can also type in the search box at the top of the list. This is especially helpful if you're looking for a specific coach or a particular phrase.
- Once you've found a coach that suits your needs, contact them using the details that they've provided in their profile.
Ethical code for coaching
As a client, you agree:
- that the prime purpose of the coaching contract is to support, maintain and enhance your personal development and performance over an agreed period of time.
- that all that is discussed between yourself and your coach will be treated in absolute confidence, unless you both agree that information can be shared with another party.
- to prepare for each session, to be punctual and to actively participate.
- to ensure that your coaching sessions are not interrupted, in order to give full attention to the interaction.
- that to the best of your ability, you will meet the agreed objectives and action plan set out at the end of each session.
- to carry out any follow-up actions that you choose to commit to within the coaching sessions as per agreed timescales.
- to complete all evaluation forms during and following the final session.
Q. Who can search for coaches, and do I have to pay?
A. The list is free to access for all employees of public service and third/voluntary sector organisations in Wales. There is no charge for coaching provided.
Q. What are the terms and conditions?
Q. How will you evaluate the service?
A. We would like to find out as much information as possible about the benefits of coaching and the impact it has on improving services. We will ask you to complete a short survey to evaluate the quality of your coaching relationship.
Q. How can I sign up as a coach?
A. We welcome individuals who are employed within the Welsh public service and third/voluntary sector organisations in Wales to join the Wales Coaching Network, so that we provide free coaching across organisations within the Welsh public service. Coaches require specific skills and/or experience, please e-mail us stating who you are, your experience or qualifications that relate to coaching, and at least two testimonials from recent clients.
Q. How can I sign up as a coaching lead?
A. If you are the coaching lead for a public service or third sector organisation in Wales, and would like your details to be added to the list above, please e-mail us.