get ready to stand! Peer Support Circles

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. Run twice a year, we invite women from Scotland and England to apply for this free programme.

Delivered online over video-conferencing, these 1.5-hour 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 a lasting impact for dozens of women.

"This is a wonderful, positive and safe space to explore your options, gain motivation and confidence and reflect on next steps. If you are interested in becoming more involved in politics, JOIN!"

The current round of circles are facilitated by Eve and Nicola from Happen Together CIC, happening from 7:30-9:00 weekly on Monday evenings from 28th October, 2019 to 2nd December, 2019. Registration for this round of circles is now closed - be sure to sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know about the next round or write to Hannah, to express your interest in the 2020 round - cohort 4.


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 weekly 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 individually 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 internet connection that is able to run Zoom, along with a working camera, speakers, and microphone to be able to interact with your peers.

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

β€œThe 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.”  

Thanks to the Jacqui Briggs Memorial Fund and National Lottery players for supporting this current round of circles.

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