Action Learning

Arts & Health South West Action Learning Sets

What is Action Learning?

Action Learning is a method of group coaching which involves questioning, listening to self and others and taking action on real issues that are inhibiting progress. A group of 6 individuals agrees to meet 6 times, for a half day, online. During this time participants establish a peer group they can trust and develop greater insight into managing difficult people and situations.

You can find out more about Action Learning here and here.

Arts & Health South West has been offering Action Learning to our members over the last year, with a total of 32 people participating. Participants have really appreciated the opportunity to explore and share their own workplace experiences in a small group, especially during these challenging times. This were a free opportunity and a way of us gaining feedback to help plan a sustainable offer.


Quotes from previous participants:

‘How helpful it is to be listened to with warmth and non-judgemental attention. How important it has been to make connections at a time of isolation’


‘I learned to trust my own thoughts and those of others – to be generous and accept the generosity of others’


‘Having to talk through a situation and dig deep for your own solutions enables you to see the situation from a much broader perspective’


‘Taking part in the action learning set has been one of my best learning experiences of 2020. I really enjoy being given time and space to think things through’

Our Action Learning Sets are facilitated by Sue Isherwood, Chair of AHSW, and Jayne Howard, Director of Arts Well CIC, both of whom are trained action learning set facilitators.

How to Get Involved

Recruitment for the Spring 2021 season of Action Learning Sets has ended – please check back on this page when applications have reopened.

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