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Creating Safe Places for Recovery – Leeds
Mar 26 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

A one-day seminar with Alison McCabe (Reeves) & Karen Taylor

Costs. Waged £80 Unwaged and students £35

The Day

In this one-day seminar Karen & Alison will explore their experiences of running Crisis and recovery houses. There is much interest at the moment of how we can create alternatives to hospital admission and treatment. During the day they will share their experiences, what worked – what didn’t and ask questions of the audience as to what they would envisage the perfect safe space for recovery could be. Alison ran the very successful Anam Cara for 7 years a crisis and recovery service in the 1990’s in
Birmingham, much lauded in the mental health foundation Crisis project workbook and reported in the Guardian

Karen has been involved in setting up different types of recovery houses starting in Gloucester in 2001, currently Houses based on her work with partner Ron Coleman are running in Perth WA, Trieste Italy and Amitola Communities in York UK. Karen has also run residential Five-day workshops where people can explore recovery and make leaps in their recovery as well as Recovery camps, she also regularly uses aids like Skype to walk alongside someone on their recovery journey, creating environments where recovery can and does happen.

One day seminars will also be taking place in

Bristol – 27 March

London – 28 March

Cardiff – 29 March

Finding Away @ Blackfriars Hall
Mar 30 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm


“This vibrant, lyrical tale celebrates those who find the beauty in the breakage.”

Saturday 30th March @ Blackfriars Hall, Newcastle, NE1 2TQ
5pm Performance start. 4pm – 8pm bar & venue open 
Suggested Donation £6 or Pay as you feel

Written by Laura Lindow in collaboration with Chilli Studios, a Mental Health charity based in Byker. Celebrating the creative process, this piece is a culmination of the sparks, ideas and works from community workshops and individuals involved. This vibrant, lyrical tale celebrates those who find the beauty in the breakage.

Performed by Chilli Studio members alongside Paula Penman, Zoe Lambert and Ziad Jabero, and directed by Steve Byron.

“Somewhere. Somewhere between the darling arches and the grey motorway, high up amongst the roofs, nestles a place. A food place. A food and drink place. A food and drink and ‘how you doing?’ place. Where on this particular rain-soaked Newcastle day a quizzical few find their way. To discover their losses, to query their misgivings, to loosen their shadows, to dance if it takes them, and to share their buttery toast.

Broccoli-Beaks the bird beats time, and the tender stones of the building whistle and whine as the very bones of this place sing along in harmony, smashing life’s smog to smithereens. Because where there’s tea… there is hope.”

Made possible by the support and funding from Morrisons foundation.

Finding away


Radical Social Work In Tumultuous Times: Fighting For Equality and Social Justice! @ Liverpool Hope University
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

The SWAN conference takes place against a backdrop of growing economic crisis, continuing austerity, Government meltdown over Brexit and the growth of right-wing populism and racism (in the UK and internationally). From Brazil to Hungary, right wing politicians are trying to push back gains made over generations for women’s, LGBT+, workers and indigenous rights.

But it’s not all gone their way. Over the last year we have witnessed the magnificent victory for women’s rights in 8th Amendment campaign in Ireland and the growth of the anti-austerity ‘yellow vest’ movement in France.

What has been the impact of austerity and cuts on children’s, adults’ or mental health services? In the face of managerialism, how do we retain our values? How do we counter the rise of racism and Islamophobia? What do we say to counter Transphobia? How do we support refugee rights? How can we support the struggles of Palestinians?

These and similar questions will be addressed at this year’s SWAN conference. To enrich the debate we have a fantastic list of speakers, including:

  • Gill Archer (Unison national officer)
  • Prof Brid Featherstone (Uni of Huddersfield)
  • Professor Dave Whyte (University of Liverpool)
  • Dr Dave Scott (Open University)
  • Nahalla Ashraf (Stand Up To Racism)
  • Bob Findlay Williams (DPAC)

We also have sessions run by campaigning social work organisations like Social Work Without Borders (SWWB), UK/Pal Social Work Network, the Campaign Against Prison Expansion (CAPE), and In Defence of Youth Work (IDYW)

CCrAMHP Asylum Readers’ Group @ Friends Meeting House
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We will be discussing Asylum 26.1.  All welcome.

See here for further details of the issue:

You can subscribe online or pick up a copy from Atticus books in Lancaster.

Mad Hearts: The Arts and Mental Health @ Queen Mary University of London
May 17 – May 18 all-day

This two-day conference explores productive, radical, contemporary encounters between the arts and mental health, bringing together clinical, artistic and research perspectives that offer a re-interpretation of contemporary mental health science and practice.

Extreme Experiences – Mental Illnesses or Dangerous Gifts? @ Partisan Collective
Jun 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sascha Altman DuBrul is the co-founder of the Icarus Project (, a network of peer based mental health support groups and media project that is actively redefining the language and culture of mental health and illness. He has a Masters in Social Work and worked from 2016-2019 as a Recovery Specialist and Trainer at Columbia’s Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He is currently the Training Director for the Institute for the Development of Human Arts ( He is the co-author of Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, Friends Make the Best Medicine: A Guide to Creating Community Mental Health Support Networks, and the author of Maps to the Other Side: The Adventures of a Bipolar Cartographer. Sascha’s intellectual and creative interests lie at the intersection of the public mental heath system and the Mad Underground. (

Sascha will be doing a talk and then we will have questions from the audience followed by a group discussion.