Help us pilot our new groups on Living with the Climate Crisis
We are looking for people to take part in seven sessions of our new Living with the Climate Crisis groups. The groups aim to help people to face their complex feelings about the climate crisis, put down roots in the kinds of action (political, personal, community, at work) that feel right for them, share experiences, gain support and support others and become good communicators with family, friends and wider groups.
When: Tuesday evenings from 7.30 – 9.30 on May 24th, June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, July 5th, 12th (avoiding half term and finishing before the summer holidays). PLEASE NOTE: these dates have been updated.
Where: online for the early meetings, hopefully face to face for the later ones
Who should come? Anyone in Cambridge concerned about the climate crisis. Experienced facilitators and people from community groups who might be interested in running the groups in the future are also welcome.
The group will be facilitated by Dr Daniela Fernandez-Catherall and Ro Randall of Cambridge Climate Therapists.
Participation in the group is FREE and you will receive a free draft copy of our Participant’s Handbook which has notes on the themes of each session and a detailed guide to reducing your personal carbon footprint. In return we will ask you to provide us with feedback to help shape the final version of the materials which will be available under Creative Commons Licenses.
The project is being supported and hosted by the Climate Psychology Alliance who will be providing support and mentoring to facilitators.
To book and for more information contact Ro Randall. email@example.com 07796673148
We are very sorry that we had to cancel the Climate Listening Bench that was scheduled for today, and hope that no-one was disappointed by our absence. We felt that it was far too cold to expect people to sit outside comfortably today.
As part of a response to the climate change talks at COP 26, Cambridge Climate Therapists invite you to join them on the CLIMATE LISTENING BENCH on the following dates.
At New Square, Cambridge, between 10.00 and 12.00
Sunday 7 November
Sunday 14 November
Sunday 21 November
Sunday 28 November.
The CLIMATE LISTENING BENCH offers you an opportunity to talk to specially trained ‘climate listeners’. We offer a friendly, empathic ear to anyone who would like to talk about their climate concerns.
“Having someone listen to you,” says Ro Randall, founder member, “is really useful. It brings you out of isolation and helps you realise that there is somewhere beyond the awful feelings, that there is lots you can do about the climate crisis and that there is a community of people to do it with.”
WHAT NOW? WHAT NEXT?
For people who want to go on talking, we also offer the opportunity to join our What now? What next? group. This is a small group for thinking about our future, with Jacqui Davis and Anne Murray.
Please look at our Events page for current details.
BOOK THE CLIMATE LISTENING BENCH FOR YOUR EVENT
Cambridge Climate Therapists are always interested to hear from groups who might like us to bring our CLIMATE LISTENING BENCH to their event. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be bringing our Listening Bench to Wolfson College on Monday 18th October as part of their Green Week/COP26 event.
Our Climate Listening Bench project, inspired by the Zimbabwean Friendship Bench initiative, offers a friendly empathic ear to anyone worried or upset about the climate crisis. Over the summer you may have seen a couple of our trained psychotherapists sitting on a bench at different open green spaces in Cambridge. During Green Week, the Listening Bench will be available at various times (to be posted) at a suitable site, Covid safe, within Wolfson College. Please join us on the Listening Bench – no need to book, just sit down and chat.
And on Friday 22nd October from 10.30 to 12.30, Ro Randall and Daniela Fernandez Catherall will be offering a workshop “Coping with the Climate Crisis” in the large seminar room at Wolfson College.
The Climate Listening Bench will be in New Square on Thursday 26th August 2-4pm and on Monday 30th August 2-4pm.
Climate Listening Bench offers a space for people to talk about their climate worries with a careful empathic listener. No booking is required and there is no charge. Do drop in if you would like to talk.
Our Listening Bench project (inspired by the Zimbabwean Friendship Bench) offers a friendly empathic ear to anyone worried or upset about the climate crisis. Over the summer you’ll find us on a bench at different open green spaces in Cambridge. Sit down and chat. No booking is required and you can come alone or with other people. Our first sessions have been organised in conjunction with the Wildlife Trust at Trumpington Meadows at the following times:
Sunday 27 June 9.30–11.30 am
Saturday 3 July 9.30-11.30 pm
Sunday 11 July 2-4 pm
Sunday 18 July 9.30-11.30 am
Saturday 7 August 9.30-11.30 am
Sunday 8 August 2-4 pm
You’ll find us near the pond at the Northern end of the reserve.
We will be following Government guidelines on social distancing at all times. This is a pilot project, offered on a voluntary basis by our members.
If you stop by for a chat, please leave us some feedback via the contact form here.
As signs of spring appear and virus levels fall we are beginning to feel hopeful that we may soon be able to be run workshops and activities face to face. Some are aimed at helping people explore the distressing and anxious feelings many of us experience about the changing climate. Others focus on the psychological skills that can give you strength and help you in campaigning and community activity. Over the coming months we hope to initiate some of the following.
Climate listening bench: a bench situated in one of our public parks where at certain times of the week you can come to talk with one of our members about your concerns about the climate. Location and times will be made available later.
Walk and talk group: a group that meets outside whatever the weather, goes for a walk, experiences being alive in nature and talks about whatever comes up. More details when we know that this kind of activity will be allowed.
What now what next? A small group for thinking about our future with Jacqui Davis and Anne Murray. The group will run for 9 weeks, details are here and it will start as soon as possible, so let us know if you are interested.
Conversations with children and young people about climate. A workshop for parents and carers. Let us know if this would interest you.
Workshops on communicating better about climate change. One looks at how to manage those difficult conversations which often erupt with friends, family and colleagues. The other looks at how to use your own story to talk convincingly and empathically when you get the chance to hold the floor for a few minutes or even longer. Let us know if either of these would interest you.
Workshops for building strength, team work and community. These are best done amongst a group of people from the same organisation and focus on strengthening the understanding and the bonds between you. Contact us if you would like to know more.
And more….? We want to build our work round our knowledge of people’s actual needs so please contact us with ideas of what would be helpful to you and your organisation in our mutual struggles with the climate crisis.
A new, nine week group for people who would like to explore their feelings about the climate crisis in the context of the pandemic and a webinar hosted by the Centre for Alternative Technology on coping with climate distress are our first events for 2021. See the Events page for more details.