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NAEGA Conference 2009

7-9 October 2009, Redworth Hall, Darlington

Update April 2009: Provisional programme

Full details of the programme and booking options will be available on the website by early May. The conference programme will cover the following (subject to confirmation):

  • Adult Guidance in England - Strategic Developments Today and Tomorrow
  • Adult Guidance: A Profession for the 21st Century
  • Asperger Syndrome - Awareness and Good Practice
  • Believe In Yourself, Know Yourself, Go For It - Motivating and Inspiring Clients
  • Changing Adult Guidance in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Eire and Wales
  • Coaching and Mentoring: Challenging or Reinforcing the Status Quo?
  • Difficult Conversations Made Easy
  • Foundation Degree Forward
  • Futuretrack: Studying Career Development Amongst Current HE Students
  • Identifying Turning Points and Critical Incidents - A Narrative Approach
  • Information, Advice and Guidance to Offenders - What Works (OLASS Project)
  • Later Life - Positive Opportunities, Not Unfortunate Fate!
  • Lifelong Learning - Changing CPD
  • Making Change Sustainable through Emotional Intelligence
  • Managing Stress
  • Mindfulness-Based Programmes
  • Openings Programme
  • Qualification Reform
  • Retirement and Redundancy - Same or Different?
  • Safeguarding - More than just Safer Recruitment
  • Setting up as an Independent
  • Tackling Employability in a Rural Area
  • The Role of Employers in Informing Career Choices
  • What Role Adult Guidance in Train To Gain?
  • Working with Unemployed Professionals


There will also be an opportunity at the conference to disseminate information and ideas about selected initiatives and continuing professional development as posters. Your poster should give delegates an insight into work undertaken and its impact on service delivery or policy development. Posters will be hung throughout the Conference in the main exhibition area and coffee hub. The programme will include a dedicated Poster/Exhibitor hour in addition to the normal coffee breaks when poster authors will be able to introduce their posters. It would be advisable to augment posters with a handout although there will be no facility to display these other than as a part of the poster. There will also be a prize awarded for the best poster on display.

If you would like to propose a poster please send a short summery or outline of your poster to (Clearly marked POSTER PROPOSAL) by 6th July 2009 and we will confirm arrangements by email. For any queries regarding posters, please contact the conference office on the email address above.


A full range of registration options will be available and this year, in order to offer a wider choice and with an eye on budget restrictions, delegates can select a registration package which includes sharing a twin room with a friend or colleague.

The deadline for the early booking rate will be 10th July. Rooms at the conference hotel will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Late bookers may be allocated rooms at a nearby hotel. Please book early to ensure you are onsite as demand for places may outstrip supply.

Update January 2009: Planning Group

We have some dates and details for your new diary, a question for you and an opportunity, too good to miss!

Firstly - The Dates: 7-9 October 2009: That will be when the 2009 NAEGA National Conference will be held at Redworth Hall, a country house hotel in County Durham.

Secondly - The Question: What topics or speakers would you like to see featured in the conference programme? This is your chance to influence the programme content.

Thirdly - The Opportunity: Win a completely free place at the conference. Simply send in your suggestions for topics/speakers and your name will be put in a draw for a free full residential conference place in an upgraded room.

The dates and the venue have been confirmed, so now is the time to start the process of organising your attendance. Put the dates in your diary, request approval to attend, and circulate conference information to colleagues.

The Planning Group is committed to delivering a conference programme that reflects the interests and concern of all adult guidance practitioners; from those who have recently joined the profession to those with extensive experience to share; from small independent providers to those working in sizeable units; from managers to policy makers. If you tell us what you want to know more about, or what you want to hear other people's views on, or if you have experience or knowledge you would like to share, then this is your opportunity to have some input into the programme. Simply send in your ideas on what topics you would like to see in the programme, with suggested presenters (if you can) and they will be put to the planning group for consideration.

Do this and your name will be put in the draw for a free place at the conference. The winner will be allocated an upgraded executive bedroom in this delightful Jacobean country house hotel, which also offers a comprehensive Health and Leisure Club with 17-metre swimming pool, fitness suite, sun beds, hair and beauty salons and outdoor tennis courts.

Please send in your suggestions as soon as possible and certainly by 30th January. Why not put this on the agenda for your next team meeting and see what ideas your colleagues have too. We really do want to ensure the key topics for adult guidance practitioners are included in the programme so your input is important. This is your chance to influence the conference content.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Eleanor Muirhead
(On behalf of the Conference Planning Group)

Update October 2008: Announcement

In response to feedback from members about the timing of the conference and taking into account the considerable amount of time since the event has been held in the North East, NAEGA chair, Ann Ruthven, is delighted to announce that the 2009 National Conference will be held at Redworth Hall Hotel, near Darlington, from Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 October.

Redworth Hall Hotel is a breathtaking Jacobean country house in County Durham. Surrounded by landscaped gardens and enchanting woodland, yet only minutes from junction 58 of the A1 and convenient for Newcastle, Durham or York.

It has some of the best conference and banqueting facilities in the North East of England and is an ideal venue for a residential conference. It's just five miles from Darlington Station on the main east coast rail line, with a free shuttle service to and from the hotel for NAEGA delegates. By air it's 13 miles from Durham Tees Airport, or 35 miles from Newcastle Airport.

The 2009 venue offers the added luxury of 150 acres of stunning woodland, which delegates can enjoy at their leisure. There is also a comprehensive health and leisure Club with 17-metre swimming pool, fitness suite, sun beds, hair and beauty salons and outdoor tennis courts.

There is plenty to see and do if delegates want to stay on. Once you've explored the extensive woodland around the Redworth Hall Hotel, there is the great Beamish Open Air Museum, the Durham Dales or the city of Durham and its 900-year-old cathedral on the doorstep.

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