Current stage: Resubmitting


  • Sky Space CIC
  • Diversity Business Incubator
  • Care Nest
  • Hope in the Heart

Online advice session: Monday 21 March from 4pm-5pm

Describe your aims and ideas

In Plymouth and the world at large, as we increasingly face a complexity of challenges together – social, economical, environmental, health (the list could go on) – we are also coming to remember that our real power and energy is generated through relationship.

And, across our City we are seeing a greater emergence of what is known as ‘relational practice’. Examples that fall under this banner in our eyes include Compassionate Plymouth, the Trauma Informed Network, Inclusive Leadership Training, Appreciative Enquiry, Community Researcher Training, and Restorative Practice, amongst others whose work we celebrate and support.

In Plymouth, it appears that many of these clusters and communities of relational practice are typically underpinned by a single model or approach, which while effective and valid within specific contexts are often limited in their broader applicability. Some of these stronger communities of practice also produce members who show up as incredibly robust advocates of their specific community and its associated relational model, which while understandable can also instigate division when held too rigidly across different communities through the messaging of ‘our way vs. their way’ perspective.

And, at the same time, through conversation it has become clear that many relational practitioners see tremendous potential working together. Because by integrating and building from a diverse pool of practice and expertise, something very exciting could happen that helps Plymouth to emerge stronger and healthier. There is the potential for something quite innovative to happen and different to happen and we would like this funding to help us explore what that could be.

Looking forward there is a growing understanding that how we live, work, learn, create and find solutions together deeply informs who we are as people, communities, and a City. From the bottom up and top down, and rippling in and out, we’re becoming more relationally aware across more dimensions of life, community, and City building.

Going forward, it feels vital to us that we become more ready to meet relational challenges as they actually are – regardless of their complexity – and not how we’d like them to be, or how we might like to compartmentalise them to fit the context that models are developed for.

What we see in these challenges is that some are catalysed by clearer-cut objectives that perhaps lie closer to the reachable surface e.g. teams that wish to collaborate more effectively, or change the way they do meetings, whilst others are more enigmatic and characterised by greater complexity and intensity e.g. community groups dealing with toxic conditions that wish to access their collective intelligence, enhance inclusion, and achieve greater wellbeing as part of the same programme of work.

Within even these few examples, we know that any single model of relational practice does not work so well. And – in-service of the City – it makes sense to us that whatever work is delivered, is able to responsively integrate best practice from a range of sources. Therefore, we feel there is worthy work to be done in moving beyond these single models towards a city that can say ‘yes we can’ to any relational challenge – by examining, gathering, and remoulding the subtler primary ingredients of relational practice, ourselves as practitioners, and the contexts within which we work to produce a more wholesome and transformable repertoire of practice.

Through a laboratory-style process of examining, gathering, and remoulding the subtler primary ingredients of relational practice, we want to produce a more wholesome and transformable repertoire of practice that has the potential meet emerging relational practice challenges and opportunities emerging in Plymouth.

Describe how will you work together to achieve this.

Over the last six month’s we’ve met-up as a group or in smaller groups to get to know each other, learn a little about what we bring. Part of these conversations has been around exploring and sitting with the concept of ‘relational excellence’ both a culture in Plymouth, a north star for developing innovative practice and as an aspiration for how we’ll get on and support each other. what that means for how people like us relate to and support each other. We have also collaborated together in different ways.

We’re working together because we value each other as people, respect each other as practitioners, know that this is something we want to do and share a commitment that this will be done in-service of allowing relational practice to evolve and become more democratised.

What strengths and skills is each person bringing?
Stephane Kolinsky & Martyn Lowesmith – Sky Space Team Development CIC
Stephane has worked with for-profit businesses, social enterprises, charities, community and umbrella organisations for over 15 years. He is a certified Organisation and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSC) and also holds a Level 7 Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring.

Martyn has extensive global experience as an organisational development specialist working on culture change. In the 1990s he co-founded The Coaches Training Institute UK, widely acknowledged as one of the most rigorous professional leadership coach training courses in the industry.

Martyn, Stephane and Liliane [see below] deliver ‘Community Conversations’ training and the ‘Inclusive Leadership for Plymouth Training Programme.’

Tam Martin-Fowles/Emma Harman – Hope in the Heart CIC/Compassionate Plymouth
Tam and Emma have a passion for Relational Practice and have been part of projects across Plymouth and beyond as part of Compassionate Plymouth. Tam is currently delivering innovative Trauma informed relational practice and splits her time between London and Plymouth.
Tam is a Director of Hope in the Heart CIC AccepTTranscend Model for Transformation.
Emma is an ex Teacher and Co Founder of the Hutong Café in Stonehouse.

Liliane Uwimana – Diversity Business Incubator CIC
Liliane is a sister, a wife, and a mother. She holds a degree in Business Management and has a passion for developing people; which she does through roles supporting Human Relations at DBI, project managing Jabulani CIC, and hosting the ‘Girls to Women’ project which supports young women to step into their potential. Liliane is also has studied Psychology and is an Organisation and Relationship Systems Coach.

Helen Williams – Care Nest/Being In Circle
Helen is a facilitator working in the fields of creativity, learning, leadership, and wellbeing – delivering sessions for individuals and groups that are grounded in the systems and practices of dialogue, mindfulness, somatics, and commoning.

She is Director of ‘Being in Circle CIC’ and ‘The Care Nest’ in Union Street and has also completed the ‘Warrior for the Human Spirit Training Programme’ with Margaret Wheatley.

Vicky Brooks
Vicky previously worked with the Harbour Centre in Plymouth and has a passion for Trauma informed practice and plays in a central role in Plymouth’s Trauma informed Network.

Together we will:
• Build set of purposefully designed collaborative principles
• Share approaches, understandings, experiences, and challenges of our work as relational practitioners.
• Journal the process and provide feedback to the wider network.
• Identify and follow-up on opportunities for integrating and expanding our work together

During the first round, POP members will be asked to advise you. What advice would be most helpful?
– Alongside a review of the bid, we’d love to hear POP members thoughts on the future potential of relational practice and their sense of emerging needs.
– As well as this we’d also like to meet other people with an interest in relational practice with an eye to welcoming more people into our process a little further down the track.