How to participate 
If you haven't used IRC before, it may be easiest to use a web client; this means you don't have to install any software on your computer. Just click here to join in, and then choose a username when prompted: http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=wikimedia-uk You may be prompted to click through a security warning. It's fine.
For more information about IRC software you can install on your computer, go to the Wikipedia entry on IRC or the Meta page on Wikimedia IRC. If using dedicated software, connect to the channel irc:wikimedia-uk on the freenode network.
#wikimedia-uk is intended for discussion related to Wikimedia UK including the organization and related projects. There are specific channels for discussion about Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and other chapters, please see m:IRC/Channels for a list.
The behavioural guidelines of http://freenode.net/channel_guidelines.shtml apply to the channel. Keep in mind that users may be under 16.
The Freenode policies apply to this channel. The following statement applies for off topic usage:
User flags 
Channel operators would most often be selected from interested users trusted as :wmuk Administrators, though this is not a prerequisite. Ask at the Water cooler if you are a frequent user interesting in helping with managing the channel.
Any frequent user can ask to have the voice flag set. This is only useful if the channel needs to be moderated (so only voiced users can speak), this has never happened.
The channel will be logged during scheduled IRC office hours. Please do not publicly log the channel at other times; note that there is no way of ensuring the channel is not being publicly logged.
Cloaks are a means of identifying your IRC account with your Wikimedia identity and help protect your on-line privacy. See m:IRC/Cloaks for the process to ask for a cloak.
Please respect the privacy of others when using IRC. Always assume that the channel you are using might be publicly logged. Information such as contact details for meeting at events are best shared by direct email, though for convenience you may want to try using private messaging on IRC.