We thought we’d try something a little different at this year’s Bookfair, and use one of the smaller rooms as a way of offering a space of Quiet and Support. Some people can find crowded spaces a bit of a hassle, so this room is somewhere to go if you just want to grab a little peace & quiet. You can also come here if you are looking for support (or know someone who you’d like to find help for) – be it dealing with activist burnout or trauma, or with other issues in your life. We hope this is a useful addition to the Bookfair!
We have asked Counselling for Social Change (website) to co-ordinate this room. They are an activist support project of trained & qualified volunteers who provide counselling for activists in need. They are based in Cornwall, where they offer face to face counselling and some retreats. They also offer activists telephone counselling, which is provided by various of their volunteers dotted around the country. Here is where they’ll be at the Bookfair, with an outline of what they’ll be doing (details from our programme):
The Quiet Room (ground floor of Trinity behind the stage) – 12noon to 5pm only.
12-1: Staying Strong: The Ups and Downs of Activism
Workshop by Counselling for Social Change
From undercover cops, violence, harassment, arrests and prison, political action can and does have a huge impact on our mental health. This workshop will discuss trauma and burnout, and what we can do to help ourselves and each other.
1-5: Support & Advice – just come in any time
This is intended to be a quiet space for those who need to get away from the hustle & bustle of the bookfair, perhaps to reflect quietly or to seek advice about support.
Counselling for Social Change (CSC) will co-ordinate this space with trained/qualified volunteers, and provide advice & info about different counselling methods and other forms of urgent & longer term support across a range of issues. Just drop in any time!
Please note: CSC cannot provide confidential counselling in this space today, only advice, support & information.