This is some information that will help you get the best out of your day at ChangeCamp. I want you to find it as uplifting and inspiring as I do and I hope this information will give you the understanding and confidence to get the best out of the day.
If you haven’t been before I’m just going to give you a little background to help you understand what it is and how it works.
What ChangeCamp is:
- … a low cost day of self-development and professional development workshops that happens twice a year in Newcastle upon Tyne.
- … an informal event. ChangeCamp is designed to be friendly and relaxed, a chance for you to meet like-minded people and share your interests while learning something new.
- … run on a shoe-string. The costs are kept low so that anyone can attend, so a lot of things that you might expect to get at a more expensive conference (and most of them are a lot more expensive) are not available. No caterers, waiters, cleaners, bar-staff – we do all that ourselves.
- … dependent on the generosity of the presenters. None of the presenters are paid, they give there presentations free of charge to make ChangeCamp possible.
- … communal. Because no-one is looking after us, we have to look after ourselves, this is a good thing, we are all participants at the event, by joining in we benefit from being part of a brief community rather than a passive audience. Helping others has been shown to be a great way of improving your mood and there are lots of opportunities for you to chip in and feel better by doing it.
- … a continued professional development opportunity. If you need CPD for your professional development this probably one of the least expensive, and most enjoyable, ways to get some of your CPD hours.
- … fun. Most participants of ChangeCamp really enjoy it, they enjoy the presentations, the vibe and conversations with friends old and new.
What ChangeCamp is not:
- … a formal event. There are no suits and ties, presenters and participants join in the whole event.
- … catered. Because there is no budget, there is no catering so lunch is a shared “picnic” with all the food provided by the participants.
- … slick and glossy. The whole event is assembled and disassembled in a day, it comes into being in a hurry and it shows. Think Blue Peter sticky backed plastic and egg cartons rather than glamourous international Conference Centre.
ChangeCamp takes place at Gosforth Academy (previously known as Gosforth High School), Knightsbridge, Great North Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 2JH
Gosforth High School is situated north of Gosforth High Street, on the left going north, just past the Regent Centre Metro Station and opposite Asda.
There is ample parking in the school car park.
Doors open from 9:30am the event starts at 10am. If you have already paid the admission fee online your name will be on a list with the helpers at the door. Just identify yourself and they will let you in. If you are paying on the door the you will need to pay the full fee.
That fee is for the whole day, you will be able to come and go as many times as you wish during the day. If you would like to bring a friend or friends please do.
The Laughter Workshop is an additional event at the end of the day.
Signing Up For Presentations
In the main hall there will be sign up sheets for each of the presentations. People who have signed up online will have priority for that presentation. All the presentations are taking place in classrooms along a corridor near the main meeting room. Each of them will be marked with their ‘colour’ and a list of presentations in that room. The rooms are of a modest size so it better to sign up quickly to make sure that you are able to attend the presentation of your choice.
There will be seating areas available in the main hall if you want to continue discussions with presenters or other participants.
To minimise the costs of the event and to maximise the participation and enjoyment the lunch will be in the form of a shared picnic/buffet.
Please bring with you a food ‘offering’ of some sort, enough for you and one or two other people. Bring whatever you like or whatever you are good at making. For example: cake, quiche, salad, a large bag of crisps, cheese and crackers, garlic bread, etc, etc, etc. There’s an Asda over the road from the venue if you need to buy something.
One of the halls will be set out with tables and benches. Food can be left on those tables for lunchtime. Plates and cutlery will be provided.
Please label any food containers or serving utensils so you can recover them easily at the end.
There will be tea and coffee available all day.
Any remaining food will be donated to the local hospice or food bank so as little as possible is wasted.
Important: If you have special dietary needs, please keep your lunch with you, if it’s on the main tables it may appeal to enough people so that it’s all gone by the time you get to it and you’ll have a hungry afternoon.
Please Help To Make ChangeCamp A Success
If you have been to ChangeCamp before you will realise that there is a lot to do to keep the show running and I would be very grateful to have some help to do that.
There are 5 areas of work that I need some help with:
- Meeters and Greeters. I need a few volunteers to be at the front door to meet and greet attendees, and if necessary to take their entry fees. If you don’t mind arriving early and helping in that capacity it please email me and let me know (It’s a bonus if you have been before and know where everything is and you can point new people in the right direction).
- Lunch Arrangers. I need a couple of volunteers to organise the food tables before lunch and make sure that the system runs smoothly as we collect our ‘picnic’ lunch.
- The Tea / Coffee Crew. I need a couple of people who can keep the tea and coffee area tidy and stocked up with the necessary supplies. (You don’t need to make teas and coffees for people just keep them supplied with what they need).
- Furniture Shifters. At the beginning and end of the day a lot of tables and chairs have to be rearranged to make room for the workshops. Help with moving and shifting at either end, or both ends, of the day would be very, very welcome!
- Clean up crew. At the end of the day, some help collecting the day’s junk into bin bags would be very helpful.
This is a big event with a lot to do and no paid staff to do it. If you would like to help in any little way to make this an even better day please drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0754 700 9116.
Sorry, No Kids Allowed
I’ve had a couple of emails from people with teen and pre-teen children asking whether it is possible to bring them along to the event.
I understand that some people might want to bring their kids along, but I’m sorry to say that I can’t allow children to attend ChangeCamp for the following reasons:
- ChangeCamp is an event for adults. The topics are designed for adults, the presenters and other attendees are expecting to be with other adults and engage in adult conversations.
- We have no facilities, or people, for looking after children at the event.
- In the current climate looking after children and managing their personal safety is a tricky business with legal requirements and complications that I really don’t want to get into. Running ChangeCamp as an event for adults is more than complicated enough.
- I imagine that most of what goes on a ChangeCamp is going to be of very little interest to most children or teenagers.
So, for all these reasons, I would ask you not to bring your children to the event. I’m sorry if that stops you from attending and I hope you’ll understand why I’ve made this decision.
If you have already booked a ticket in the hopes that you could bring your children let me know and I’ll give you a refund.
If you have any questions or need more information please get in touch.