North West England
Page owner: Community director
About the local group
The group was started in May 2009 by Ann Ridgway (read Ann's account of how this came about in the September/October 2010 issue of Editing Matters (members only)).
From humble beginnings (with only three of us attending the first meeting), the group has developed by leaps and bounds. Each of our meetings now usually attracts 15 or so members including newbies and seasoned professionals, with experience covering a wide range of disciplines and skills. We have no official boundaries – as long as you belong to the SfEP and are in or near the North West, you can join our group!
We aim to be friendly and helpful, assisting each other however we can – for example, by swapping tips, giving moral support and reassurance, passing on potential work leads and offering opportunities to network and socialise with other members. We've organised a workshop on macros, and have also arranged for the SfEP one-day course 'Getting work with non-publishers' to be run locally. We're hoping to arrange more local training that attracts SfEP training points (so participants can work towards upgrading their membership).
We usually meet four times a year at The Windmill Inn, Knutsford. This venue has been chosen for its central and convenient location for those travelling from many directions. Lifts are available from various areas and local stations.
Our meetings – which include a pub meal – are informal. We do use an agenda to keep us on track, but it's in no way cast in stone. We're always delighted to welcome new members, and non-members can attend up to three meetings to see if the SfEP will suit them before becoming a member.
Find out more
Details of upcoming meetings can be found in the Calendar of events.