get ready to stand! Peer Support Circles

Our hugely successful peer circles are returning in January 2019 to provide you with support on your political journey. Our peer circles are a 6-session journey with cross-party peers creating a practical, safe and ambitious space for you to connect with others and explore and plan your pathway to politics.

“The impact of this programme has been huge for me. After attending The Parliament Project event in Edinburgh last November, I decided to join my party and get ready to run. I've never looked back and I had high hopes for the Circle Programme. It didn't disappoint. In January I told my first Circle meeting that I felt like, on a scale of 1 - 10, I was a 3 in relation to feeling like I'm ready to go for approval. I'm now a firm 7, flirting with an 8.”   

Delivered on-line using video-conference our 1 hour peer circle sessions create a deliberate and intentional space for your individual personal and political growth, using the power of coaching, reflection and peer connection that has had lasting impact:

The circles will be facilitated by Eve and Nicola from Happen CIC, on Monday evenings beginning in January 2019.

  • Monday 14th January 2019, 8pm

  • Monday 28th January 2019, 8pm

  • Monday 11th February 2019, 8pm 

  • Monday 25th February 2019, 8pm 

  • Monday 11th March 2019, 8pm 

  • Monday 25th March 2019, 8pm 

Registration for the January round of the Peer Support Circles has now closed. If you are interested in joining a future round of the circles, please email 

“The programme was inspiring, motivating and informative. I felt supported and it was a brilliant safe space to explore ideas and strategies with others across the political spectrum. It has definitely increased my motivation to run for political office in the future. I felt very inspired by the peer conversations and better prepared in understanding the process.”  


To participate in the peer circles you will want to be:

  • Motivated: You are seriously considering running for political office and want to explore this further. It could be that you know you want to run at the next available opportunity, or right now may not be the time, but you know you want to prepare for it.

  • Committed - to yourself and your peers: You will want to attend all of the fortnightly peer sessions for your own development and to support others' development. We  estimate that to get the most out of the programme you will want to be able to spend a further 2 to 3 hours each week working your way on your political pathway.

  • Open: To trying new things, to understanding and discussing the views of others, to receiving feedback and sharing your experiences with others.

  • Respectful: Our work is cross-party and inclusive, and we believe that bringing women together across political perspectives is a powerful benefit to supporting women into politics, circles will be open to women of all political parties, and none.

You will need access to:

  • A computer or other device with solid wifi connection, that is able to run zoom.

  • Device requires working camera, speakers and mic.

  • A quiet space for 1 hour for each session for you and your peers to work together well.

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Thanks to our donors Rosa - The UK Fund For Women & Girls, and The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust for funding this round of circles.

Thanks to our donors Rosa - The UK Fund For Women & Girls, and The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust for funding this round of circles.