L&D in a time of social distancing

If you have recently found yourself having to manage a significant shift in your working patterns, you are not alone. Measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus mean that for many of us, we’re working from home and having to face new challenges.

Don’t you wish sometimes you could talk through some of your current challenges with people who understand the specific or similar issues you’re facing in these unprecedented times? Perhaps someone’s found an innovative way to deal with one of the challenges you’re currently struggling to overcome, or maybe you’ve found a work-around that could benefit someone else in a similar role to you.

Our Cake Camps provide the perfect opportunity to meet and discuss common issues with peers. While social distancing may prevent us from meeting over cake and refreshments, in the normal way, we’re still eager to continue facilitating such group conversations online.

So make yourself a drink, and if you can, cut yourself a slice of your favourite cake before joining us on 16 April from 17:30 for a virtual L&D Cake Camp via Zoom.

Our team and guest facilitators we’ll provide you with an informal and highly interactive knowledge-sharing experience which we know you’ll find both reassuring and beneficial.


17:30Welcome and introductions
Introduce yourself and tell us about your favourite cake. 
17:45Q: How are you currently feeling?
We’ll be inviting you to share your feelings via an interactive word cloud generator, collating your real-time feedback into a powerful live visualisation. We’ll then walk you through how you’ll benefit from participating in our Cake Camp.
17:55Q: What has been your key piece of learning over the past few weeks? 
We’ll be asking you to share what you’ve learned over the past weeks for example how you’ve adapted to working from home via Padlet, a collaborative and interactive tool enabling everyone to share their experience.
18:05Q: What are your key reflections from the past few weeks?
We’ll split you into smaller groups (rooms) with one of our facilitators who will invite your comments, insights, and questions on the challenges and opportunities you’ve traversed recently. 
18:35Q: What is your offer (no pressure) to Cake Campers? 
Interactive feedback with all attendees.
18:45Informal networking

Facilitators and hosts

Mike Shaw (Learning and Organisational Development Manager at Emerald) and Ian Pettigrew (Director and CoachKingfisher Coaching) will join our L&D Team Rachel Burnham (Vice-Chair CIPD Manchester, L&D Lead and Associate Tutor at MOL Learn), Daniel Taylor (CIPD Manchester Ambassador and Learning and Skills Development Manager at National Lottery Heritage Fund and Rochelle Roberts (CIPD Manchester Ambassador and HE Business & HR Tutor / Co-ordinator at UCEN Manchester) to welcome and guide you throughout our Cake Camp.

The CIPD’s Coronavirus hub brings together a host of content including an employer’s response guide and a downloadable questionnaire to help your organisation prepare and implement homeworking.

You may also find the CIPD’s 10 top tips for effective online meetings an interesting read.

Learn more about CIPD Manchester Branch working locally across Manchester and its suburbs to champion better work and working lives for all. Our activities benefit HR, L&D and OD students and practitioners at all levels and across all sectors.

Location Manchester, England E-mail manchester@cipdbranch.co.uk Hours Our hours vary according to our programme.
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