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SYNC Intensives

Friday 22nd January, 2010

Graeae's new rehearsal room. You can see a giant A and R in the windows of the space (each window of their building has a letter spelling out GRAEAE)

Last year, we ran a programme called Sync 20.

I found Sync 20 an incredibly useful experience for a number of reasons, but predominantly it was a great networking opportunity to build working relationships with my peers, and I found the coaching invaluable, giving me real tactics to work with to consolidate my own professional approach and ultimately developing a much more “confident” me. (Esther Appleyard – Joint Director, Accentuate)

Sync Intensives is the new name for this programme, starting again soon, Its is a bespoke programme for 12 disabled people designed take the Sync thinking and learning deeper. It will pair leadership learning and one-to-one coaching:

  • The 12 members will be given access to leadership training, including two full days of face-to-face development work as a group

  • Each of the 12 will be offered personal coaching (with options ranging from face to face, by telephone or by email or msn)

Sync 20 was not only a privilege to belong to it also gave me fantastic practical and creative support through a Capital project and time of change. (Jenny Sealey, Graeae)

Sync Intensives is based on last year’s Sync 20 programme and as before, we are not finalise the exact format of it until we know who is going to be involved. This is because we believe that to provide suitable access for people you need to know their needs right from the start and then build from that.

Sync 20 was a good, supportive kick up the 'proverbial'! (Jo Paul, Scenographer)

However we do know that it is likely that individuals will need to attend two days training and undertake work from home (approximately 30 hours over the 9 months of the programme). We will also expect Sync Intensive members to keep a learning diary or record in some form, reflecting on their journey and to ‘guest edit’ an edition of the Sync ebulletin one month. The Sync Intensive process will be documented and information passed on to members of Sync and beyond. The coaching element for Sync Intensives will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face, telephone and on-line methods.

Coaching makes you feel like it’s ok to wear your jumper on inside out and not apologise. It is a bit like a wash on the delicate fabrics programme with the full spin on. Every session was like this but I noticed I became more tuned in with assessing issues and understanding them… (Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director, Graeae Theatre Company)

Sync Intensives will run from March 2010 to October 2010, and is open to all members of Sync who live in the UK.

Sync 20 helped me identify what kind of leadership role would be right for me, and enabled me to focus on how I could make that happen. (Caroline Cardus, artist)

Sync Intensives selection

The aim is to create a diverse group of disabled people for Sync Intensives, with people from different backgrounds working in different fields, with different levels of experience and with different perspectives on disability and leadership. Applications can be made by email, post, or by telephone (if these are not accessible to you, let us know and we’ll see what we can do).

These will be considered by the Sync team who will be looking for individuals who have the capacity to make the most of the Sync Intensive process and have the potential to make an impact in the fields in which they operate. Selecting this group is bound to be, to an extent, subjective and feedback will be available to unsuccessful applicants.

All applications must be received by 5.00pm, Sunday 28th February 2010.

Sync 20 was a chance I never had before to really get at what being a leader is while celebrating the strengths of my disability. (Caroline Ward, Knowledge Organiser, Future Media and Technology at the BBC)

(all quotes are from people who undertook Sync 20 in 2008/9)

To make a Sync Intensives application, email your responses to the following questions to [email protected]


  1. Apart from Sync, what other leadership training or development have you been involved in to date?

  2. Why do you want to be involved in Sync Intensives?

  3. Can you tell us about any part of Sync that has meant something to you so far - it might be something off the website, or from the e-bulletins or associated articles and it might have made you think, made you angry or made you sigh with recognition, for example.

  4. What are your aspirations in relation to leadership?

  5. What do you feel you can bring to Sync Intensives?

  6. Do you have the capacity to be involved in Sync Intensives? Do you have space and time in your schedule between March 2010 and October 2010? (Please tell us of any fixed commitments you already know of within this time frame).

All applications must be received by 5.00pm, Sunday 28th February 2010.

Please email applications to [email protected] or send to Sync, Spring House, Spring Farm Lane, Harden, BD16 1BS All applications will be acknowledged so you know that they have reached us.

We will announce the members of Sync Intensives at the beginning of March 2010.


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