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Corona Virus Precautions At ChangeCamp

You can’t help but have noticed all the concerns about the developing corona virus (COVID19) outbreak. At the moment the spread of COVID19 is fairly limited in the UK so there is little reason to worry about it interfering with Spring ChangeCamp 2020.

However, we are taking a few precautions to help make ChangeCamp as safe as it can be and we would like to ask you to take a few simple precautions to help with that.

Things you can do to help us all keep safe.

If you have just come back from Italy, Iran, China or South Korea (or have been with someone who has), please do not attend the event. Stay home self-isolate and phone the NHS 111 helpline for guidance. If you are in that unhappy predicament I imagine you have already done that.

If you have fever, raised temperature , flu / cold like symptoms on or before the day please do not attend the event. Stay home, self-isolate and phone the NHS helpline for guidance.

If you are elderly (however you define that), have chronic underlying health issues or are immunosuppressed in some way you might like to consider staying away for your own peace of mind.

Please feel free to bring your own hand sanitisers for your personal use (I will try to find some extra to be available for the day but they are hard to come by at the moment).

Things we will do to help keep you safe.

We will make sure there is extra liquid soap available in the bathrooms to allow us all to do more (20 second) hand washing. Since this is by far the most protective thing any of us can do for ourselves and each other, feel free to wash your hands as often as you like.

Keith Adams the presenter of the Laughter Yoga workshop has asked that we withdraw that workshop from the event because it usually involves a lot of hand shaking and closer proximity of the participants than you get in the other presentations. (If you have signed up for his Laughter Yoga workshop you can re-enter your choices again on the online form or change to something else on the day).

There will be extra boxes of paper tissues available for your use.

As far as I can tell the risk levels are very low at the moment, but better safe than sorry.

ChangeCamp Is Changing

I’ve decided to wind up ChangeCamp in its current form after Spring ChangeCamp 2020 (14th March 2020).

Although the day is a lot of fun and I get lots of good feedback from attendees it’s getting increasingly difficult to make it work because:

1. It’s a lot of work setting up the event

There is a lot of admin effort in running ChangeCamp including: getting presenters for each event, writing up presentations and creating presenter pages, maintaing the website, writing and sending out ChangeCamp Couriers as the events get closer, hiring the venue and a whole load of other stuff. I’ve worked out that it takes about 100 hours of my time, each time, to run a ChangeCamp.

When I take into account how much I make out of a ChangeCamp it works out that I work those 100 hours at less than half minimum wage!

2. It’s a lot of work on the day

Almost everything that gets used on the day has to be brought in and set up on the day.

  1. The dining room has to be reconstructed – tables shifted, urns set up and supplied. (I usually have a lot of help for this part of the day for which I’m eternally grateful)
  2. The classrooms have to be deconstructed – tables lifted, stacked and chairs rearranged.
  3. Everything has to be kept ticking along during the day.
  4. At the end of the day (usually while everyone is in the last session) I deconstruct the dining room, stacking the tables and deconstructing the urns, tables, etc.
  5. Then I have to reconstruct the classrooms (normally I don’t get much help for this). At the last ChangeCamp I had to un-stack and replace about 80 school tables by myself.

Even though a few kind attendees help me with all this it is a lot of work. I’m 60 years old (How did that happen!) and I can’t see myself being physically able to do this indefinitely.

3. The numbers are going down

The third reason is the most important. Over the past few years the number of attendees has been dropping. From a high point of 90, a couple of years ago, the numbers have fallen to the high 60’s .

I envisage ChangeCamp as a kind of pop-up village that needs between 70-90 attendees to work well. More than 90 people would be unwieldy and overcrowded, less than 70 and it begins to feel sparse and under attended.

Over the last couple of years it’s been taking more and more effort to get people to attend – more time, more emails, more persuasion. At the rate the numbers are going I might have to resort to press-ganging to get enough people – I don’t want to go down that route.

So for those reasons, and following the old theatre maxim ‘always leave them wanting more, the Spring ChangeCamp 2020 will be the last in its current format.

What next?

I don’t want to hand ChangeCamp over to anyone else, it’s been my baby all along and I feel protective of it and the way it has been run up to now. I’ve put a lot into the brand and I don’t want to give up that hard work.

I do think it might be possible to keep some of the features of ChangeCamp and turn it into something that lives up to its values and is more workable.

I’ve tried to make ChangeCamp:

  • interesting – the content is interesting, varied and valuable to the participants even if it’s only a small taste of what’s possible.
  • low risk – participants can try out presenters and ideas without having to pay out or commit to a full-blown and expensive training.
  • affordable – almost anybody can afford to attend.
  • communal / friendly – it’s a supportive and warm environment that participants can contribute to – this is one of the motivations behind the picnic lunch.

I want to create something that upholds those values but makes it easier.

That’s all in the future when I work it out the details I’ll let everyone know.

In the meantime there will be Spring ChangeCamp 2020 in March 2020, which I will start working on soon.

Presentation: Impostor Syndrome

Let’s start with – YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH!

Do you:

  • Struggle to take ownership of your success, feeling like a fraud?
  • Think you’re not worthy of your success?
  • Attribute success to luck or other forces outside your control, rather than your own effort, dedication, and intelligence?
  • Think people won’t pay what you should really charge so you price lower?

All these things Beverly has experienced, and more! She will take you through her story, lightbulb moments and give you the ideas to help you:

  • map your self sabotaging behaviour
  • identify your drivers;
  • define your own success; and
  • turn your drivers into Impostor Invaders!

Autumn ChangeCamp 2019

Autumn ChangeCamp – 12th October 2019 – Newcastle Upon Tyne

ChangeCamp is a day packed full of interesting and valuable seminars, presentations and workshops on all types of psychological change work. It is a great opportunity to try out new things and meet new people who are interested in the fascinating world of self-development and change.

Presentation: Silencing Your Inner Critic

Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayWhen your inner critic kicks in you start to feel like a fraud and an ...

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Presentation: Introduction To C.A.T

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is a short term therapy that allows deep change work.This kind of therapy gives particular attention ...

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Presentation: Forgiveness

Image by kalhh from PixabayForgiveness- is it important?What does forgiveness mean to you?What are the benefits of forgiveness?How do you ...

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Presentation: Tapping Into The Moment Of Now

Image by Simone Lugli from PixabayAn experiential workshop for those who know how to tap (EFT). Here we will be ...

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Presentation: Introduction To Tapping / EFT

Presentation: Introduction To Tapping / EFT

Image courtesy of Alan CleaverSometimes life can be stressful and distressing.If you would like to learn a simple way to ...

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Presentation: Introduction To Happy Brain ™

Presentation: Introduction To Happy Brain (tm)

In this session, Tracey Hutchinson will introduce you to your brain in thrive drive – when it is most able ...

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Presentation: How To Live A More Light Hearted Life.

Image by klimkin from PixabayAnxiety, depression, mood swings, hormones and external factors can all make  it look impossible to live ...

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Presentation: Spring Forward With The Retreat People

Image by Gerhard Gellinger from PixabayThe green shoots of Spring are emerging and the days are getting that little bit ...

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Presentation: The Farewell Tour

Image by silviarita from PixabayA Rapid Exploration of Techniques, Strategies and Useful Tools To Enable Clients To Achieve The Changes ...

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Presentation: Change For Healthy Eating

If you want to look and feel better come and find out how to change to healthy eating. In this ...

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Presentation: Create Your Master Dream List

Image by tookapic from Pixabay“Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams. Live the Life You’ve Imagined” – ...

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Presentation: Introduction To Body Language

Image by Robin Higgins from PixabayRob's presentation is an interactive opportunity to begin to explore the importance of body language ...

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Presentation: Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) takes a particular interest in what’s working people’s lives, as opposed to what isn’t. This information ...

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Presentation: Essential Skills To Fuel Change

Image by athree23 from PixabayWe’ve all been trained on how to give feedback. However, for feedback to fuel change we ...

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The standard fee is £17.50, or if you are retired, a student, on low income or unwaged the discretionary fee is just £12.50.

Happy New Year!

The Wellbeing Cafe Next Meets …..

Tues 8th January 2018 7pm – 8pm

The Wellbeing Cafe meets every 2nd Tuesday evening of the month @ Gallery 45 on Main Street, Felton in Northumberland.

Let’s raise a cuppa to ensuring that we take a little time out to care about our own positive mental health next Tuesday at 7pm & begin the New Year as we mean to go on – relaxed, de stressed & inspired in mind!

You may already know that The Wellbeing Cafe is a voluntary initiative offered as part of Change Camp Presenter Chris Forrester’s mission to de stress the North East in 2019 as her contribution to promoting positive mental health for all across the region so entry is only £6 per guest.

For Further Details & Wellbeing Cafe Bookings Contact

chris@themindzone.co.uk or Tel 01670 787932