If you can't find a YesTribe in your area, why not consider setting one up? It doesn't have to be a full-time commitment, the YesTribe exists to expand horizons and make magic happen for people so it can fit in around your life and not be a burden.
We will have team meet-ups a couple of times a year (usually on The YesBus) to get all the Tribe leaders together, share stories and tips on what works, plus we're always on hand to help you with ideas and encouragement.
If you’re keen on starting up a YesTribe in your local area here’s a guide on how to kick things off.
Aims of a local YesTribe:
To provide a safe space and a supportive, welcoming community in your area.
Organise regular situations, events and gatherings (at least two a month) so your community has the ability to grow.
Share opportunities from your local area and further afield.
It can sound daunting to set up a YesTribe by yourself so why not ask a friend to run the tribe together or chat to us and we can help find a tribe member local to you who can pitch in :)
Steps to setting up a YesTribe
Have a quick read through this guide to get a feel for what's needed
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you'd like to lead a local tribe, and then we'll set up a video call so we can say hi and get to know each other before you kick things off
Ensure you have liked the SayYesMore page and joined The YesTribe on Facebook. Then we will set up your Tribe's Facebook group (if one doesn’t already exist) and add you as an admin of the page. You can then invite anyone you know who lives in your region with a SayYesMore outlook on life :)
Organise your first event! This could be a simple meet up to meet your members and chat about what kind of events you could do as a group, a campout, a YesStories style event, Little Cup of Adventure or something else - let us know your ideas and we can help.
Enjoy the process of getting people together and watching your tribe grow. Thank YOU!
Set up an event through your own local YesTribe Facebook group and share to the main YesTribe Facebook group - so everyone can see what you're up to, there may well be more people in your region who are part of the general YesTribe group.
By sharing each event to The YesTribe page, it not only encourages more traffic to your group (potentially growing your members) but it will then appear in the YesTribe Calendar.
Once your event is created, go to ‘Edit Event’, scroll the bottom and add SayYesMore as a co-host, then it will also appear on the SayYesMore page calendar of events and we can share it on the main channels too.
Make meeting place, time and activity clear and try to answer FAQs in the event description - it'll save you some time later.
Downloadable Resources - more coming soon!
Guide to Arranging A Little Cup of Adventure
Lots of pubs or cafes have a function room or event space. You might have to hustle but don’t be afraid to ask for the space for free, especially if you’re bringing in a crowd of people who will buy drinks and/or food. For small groups why not just reserve a table in a cafe?
If you want to put on a presentation search for a space with a projector + screen OR flat screen TV with a HDMI connection.
Suggestions on meet-up format
5 min opening welcome, introduction and update on latest SYM news and events
Start with The Circle: a quick introduction from everyone to break the ice
Open Mic for 20 minutes (Max. 2 minutes per person) enabling members to share stories of success, dreams, ideas, asks for help or an adventure on the way
15 minutes general chat/ beer
Main speaker or Workshop/ Skill-Session lasting 20 to 30 minutes including Q&A
More Beer and chat
If you have other ideas for local meet-ups or adventures big and small and would like any additional support or advice, just drop us a note and we’d be happy to help!
EXPAND YOUR TRIBE
So you’ve got your Facebook group, it’s linked up to The YesTribe main group and the SayYesMore page - so what next?
The first thing to do is to shout about your tribe:
Share your group on The YesTribe group, mention which geographical areas your group covers, introduce yourself and invite people in those areas to join and say hi.
Share your tribe through your own channels, tag anyone you think might be interested in making their lives a little brighter and share this video to show a bit more what the YesTribe is all about.
Secondly, set the date for your first event - the sooner you can get a few people together, the better. It doesn’t need to be loads of people, a small handful can get the ball rolling. Whether it’s a small get together in a cafe or down the pub, or a campout under the stars somewhere local and naturally beautiful - just get people together and get the conversation started.
Through these conversations, you’ll come up with all sorts of things you can do locally to bring people together and try new things - then through those activities, you can grow your audience but reaching out to other groups and individuals who do (or more importantly, want to do) similar things with great people.
Never underestimate the power of a #tag! When you post in your group or on social media about the kinds of things your tribe are doing now or in the future, using a hashtag can help other people out there find you and join your tribe. For example, if you’re organising a campout, by tagging #wildcamping and #shropshire, people searching online for an opportunity to go wild camping in Shropshire will be able to find your post and get in touch through your group.