I am a campaigner!

It feels strange to say it, however, I have campaigned for my children and children like them for quite a while now. I am driven by the thought that they and others may be treated unfairly or misunderstood for something that is not their fault.

I find strength and energy I never knew I had, to face people in authority, approach people I would never normally approach and make every effort possible to shout from the rooftops about injustice to children.

I guess it depends what you classify as campaigning, when you feel like a lone voice in a sea of helplessness, when the world keeps turning and you feel isolated and angry. Where do you start when the council, the school, people you know, don’t understand? (and I can’t blame them for not understanding as ‘before’ I did not understand either.)

I think you need an outlet, a way to reclaim some power, and I think people find a variety of ways to do that. I found blogging helpful, sharing my blogs on social media and on email. Even if no-one was reading it, even if it went unopened, just writing about how I felt helped. It was a way to vent some frustration and try and reach a few people.

It comes in fits and starts, usually when I am feeling frustrated. What I find is that because I am focused on that issue and have the intention of getting the message out there, someone usually engages with what I say.

My campaign has evolved from trying to create awareness of parenting issues relating to adoption, trauma and attachment to teen issues, school issues and now mental health and education.

I see people campaigning all the time, people setting up charities and community interest companies relating to something they are passionate about, often related to issues they or their family/friends have experienced, people fundraising in amazing ways to help others.

I am inspired by their stories and the lengths people go to, to help others.

It has struck me for quite a while that our education system isn’t fit for purpose, there are tremendous people involved in education, but the system lets us all down. There are pockets of excellence, however, the education system seems stuck in the dark ages.

  • Are uniforms still useful?
  • Are detentions and isolations still serving a purpose?
  • Is being stuck in a classroom behind a desk really conducive to learning?
  • Is homework contributing to learning?
  • Are bells still necessary?

All questions I have considered and I haven’t totally made my mind up about a lot of them.

What I want people in education to do is be reflective, read as much as you can, ask for training and ask questions. All schools need an element of system and structure in order to operate, I get that, however, we not only have to think outside the box, we need to chuck the box out!

You may think this comes from a place of sitting behind a keyboard or an idealistic standpoint, however, I taught in secondary schools for 10 years, was a counsellor for 6 six years and supported two adopted children and all the subsequent learning that brought. So I feel I come at it from a place of knowledge and understanding.

What do you campaign about? I would love to know.

Have a great week.
Juliet x

What a great range of events at the York Wellbeing Day

Our Pop Up Line Up is Ready!

After a lot of hard work, we have a fantastic line up of pop up events for the York Wellbeing Day.

Our pop up events are workshops, activities and sessions happening in and around York on a great blend of themes and ideas.

Here is our line up;

Elena Holmes – Elena Health & Food

Elena is running an interactive session on how much nutrition influences our wellbeing. Weighing up the physical, emotional and mental impact of the food we eat, it also considers how do we navigate all the nutritional information we see and hear.
York City Centre

 

Kirsty Pearson – Ambiance Holistic Therapies & RELAX Kids

Kirsty is hosting a fun, interactive family session which will give you valuable tools you can use at home to encourage and foster calm and confident children. York City Centre

 

Louise Black – Louise’s Wellbeing & Beauty

Louise is running a fantastic massage event in East Cottingwith raising funds for York Mind, for a £5 donation you can get yourself a 15 minute hand, arm, back or Indian Head massage. Drinks and cakes available.
East Cottingwith

 

Claire Davies – The Greedy Wordsmith & Gayle Johnson – Red Tree Writing

Play with Words

This 3 hour interactive session will explore how writing can help you reconnect with yourself, tune into your creativity and guide you through life. Together, in an informal, supportive environment, we’ll explore our personal histories with writing, discuss the various forms of writing available to us and play with writing prompts. Everybody has the right to write, and this session will get you going whether you currently have a personal writing habit or not.
York City Centre

Helen Thorburn- East Riding Council Education Department

Helen is running a wellbeing event for her colleagues in the workplace.

Nicola Stead – The Creative Studio

Nicola is running 2 workshops from her studio at Clifton Moor.

  1. Re-energise Clay Workshop – a lunchtime event
    12-2pm. Take a break from the office and come and play with some clay. Re-energise yourself by making a clay pot and get your creative imagination going again, ready for your work head in the afternoon. Donation for materials
  2. Family Session – 4pm – 6pm Come along and create a clay pot together, work with this magical material to learn the therapeutic, calming effect of clay. Work with your child and learn these creative processes together. Donation for materials.
    Clifton Moor

Elaine White – Natural Entrepreneurs Workspace & Laura Richardson – Let’s Netwalk North Yorkshire

Improve Your Work/Life Balance

A short presentation from Elaine about the reasons she passionately believes that the future of employment and self employment is changing and why we will need more than one space to work from.

There will be an opportunity to try out the workspace and join us for a lunchtime netwalk. There are 2 sessions – morning and afternoon. £5 to cover lunch and networking opportunity.
Fulford, York

Anna Park – Forever Living

Anna is running a workshop on how to use aloe vera products in your life.

David Sear – David Sear Hypnotherapy

David is hosting a fabulous hypnotherapy drop in in his studio on Stonegate. Find out what hypnotherapy is and how it can help, book in a consultation or a session. An impressive time limited offer applies.

Free Event – Please register
York City Centre

I am pretty sure there is something there for everyone. There will be more information to enable you to book later.

Have a great weekend.

Juliet

 

Buy your ticket here:  http://choicetherapyyork.com/product/york-wellbeing-evening/

Did you hear about our launch?

It was a great afternoon launching the day and it’s theme to York and area wellbeing businesses, how to get involved, what’s going on and a lots of networking and meeting others in ‘the business’.

I have sent quite a few emails out about the day, so it seemed to make sense to produce a weekly email to let everyone know how it’s going, who has signed up to host a pop-up event or have a stand at the Wellbeing Evening at Hotel du Vin.

Keep an eye on your inbox, every Friday (if you don’t want to hear about it, let me know and I will just email you about our other events and workshops).

So who has signed up to the York Wellbeing Day?
I am very pleased to welcome:

Kirsty Smith of Stobohealth Ltd
Hypnotherapy from David Sear
They are exhibiting at the York Wellbeing Evening at Hotel du Vin

Kicking off our Pop Up events during the day on 4 October
is Helen Thorburn
Helen is running a wellbeing event with her colleagues (theme to be confirmed!)

Those who have signed up will receive their leaflet bundle, posters and wellbeing branding soon!

You can create your own event and invite people along, you can go into a business/organisation and invite employees to attend, you can collaborate with others and do a joint event, you can target people already using your business or brand new people.

Have you got your idea together for a pop up?
Would you like a stand at the Hotel du Vin?

You can come along to our Wellbeing Meet-Up and brainstorm your idea with others.

Do you have a question? Would you like to run your idea past me? Would you like to collaborate with someone but not sure who? Do you need a venue?

Give me a shout and I’ll do my best to answer your question.

Juliet

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It Won’t Surprise You to Hear

It won’t surprise you to hear….
that I found doing a variety of crafts and making as therapeutic and supportive.

I found it a distraction, something utterly absorbing, I found being part of a group who often you could speak openly with as a wonderful break from some very difficult things for me.

I usually did half day or day long workshops (sometimes quite challenging) as a way of getting away from home, a way of producing something to take home and be proud of, I usually chose something I could wear or use such as jewellery, hats, bags, coasters etc. It was a great way to improve my self-esteem and a great way of meeting people, some of whom I have kept in contact with.

Craft Workshops were very much a way of taking care of myself and I loved them.

Of course people take part in arts and crafts for very different reasons, a circle of people or working alone, it’s a personal choice.

It seemed natural to me to move from my wellbeing evenings to a craft evening, and it’s lovely that some of the people/businesses that I went along to their workshops or who made things for me and my children are joining us at the event.

They are lovely, relaxing evenings, you feel like you are getting away from it all for a couple of hours, meeting friendly, helpful people and it’s not just about looking at products and finding out more about the maker and how items are made, you can also have a go at making and creating.

So far we have the following:

Stands
Glass crafts with Naomi Whitaker, Naomi’s Glass
Soy Wax Candles & Melts with Wendy at PQ Soy Wax Candles
Crochet crafting and soft furnishings with Nicola – Three Bears Crafts
Soft furnishings with Eleanor at Elly Jules
Jewellery with Helen at Silver & Stone

Workshops
Create bead and silver jewellery with Helen, Silver & Stone
Create Bath Bombs and DIY beauty products with Juliet, Choice Oils
Writing for Fun with Claire Davies, Greedy Wordsmith

We have a couple more to add, I’m just waiting for confirmation, so it’s coming along nicely.

Tickets are £15 and include a hot drink and biscuits or you can upgrade to a £25 ticket and have Prosecco and canapes.

We would love to welcome you to this event.

Bye for now
Juliet

Get Tickets Here: http://choicetherapyyork.com/product/choice-artisan-craft-evening/

Our Fabulous Line Up at the Choice Self-Care Evening on 16 May

Hello

We are so pleased to be back at the Natural Entrepreneurs Workspace in Fulford, it’s a perfect venue with a warm welcome, lots of space, a separate room to run the workshops and talks, free parking and tucked away from it all (but still accessible from the A64 and A19).

So who is going to be at the Self Care Evening on 16 May, here is our fantastic line-up of therapists, practitioners and consultants?

Marianne Freeman – Restore the Balance – Hand Massages
Sherrie Wood/Kirsty Pearson – Relax Kids & Just Relax – relaxation for children and adults
Debbie Thurlow Complementary Therapist – A range of taster Massages (shoulder, neck, arms, legs etc)
Ruth Charlton – Neal’s Yard – Skincare Consultations
Yvonne Lynn – Your Spirit Matters – Reiki & Personal Energy Consultations
Kate Bunney – Magnetix Wellness Bunney – Gorgeous magnetic therapy jewellery
Jayne Brown – Healthy Horizons – Reflexology tasters
Laura Richardson – Freedom of Choice – Forever Living products
Angie Taylor – Arbonne – Facials & Skincare Consultations

Elena Holmes (Nutrition Consultant) – Mini Workshop – “Nourished Gut – Nurtured You”
Claire Davies – The Greedy Wordsmith – Mini Workshop – Writing for Wellbeing
Juliet Powell – Choice Therapy – Mini Workshop – “Creating your Survival package!”
Sherrie & Kirsty – Relax Kids & Just Relax – Relaxation for all the Family

WOW!

Together we book you in for one 15 minute taster session, and you can book yourself in for further sessions for the evening when you arrive, you can attend as many workshops as you can squeeze in!

Don’t forget you also got a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival.

Grab one of our remaining tickets

See you there
Juliet