Conferences and events have become a big part of Clear Sky’s calendar over the past 18 months. Exhibiting at conferences is a great way not only to raise awareness of what we do but to network and meet like-minded colleagues. We’ve been lucky to meet so many brilliant professionals at past events who like us, want the very best for disadvantaged children.
Last year, Clear Sky exhibited at 4 Conferences and talked ‘Play and Creative Arts Therapy’ to literally hundreds of Teachers, Professionals, and other Charities. We travelled across Oxfordshire and beyond and definitely now feel an established part of ‘the circuit’ What is wonderful now, is that so many people are aware of Clear Sky’s work and actively seek us out at exhibitions!
Our Conference season 2020 has started with momentum already. Earlier this week we were delighted to exhibit at ‘Youth In Mind’; a Conference organised by Oxfordshire Youth and Oxfordshire Mind for those working with young people. Alongside a very buzzy exhibition space, Clear Sky’s Julia Belton presented a workshop on ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences – An Introduction to Developmental Trauma’.
We were somewhat overwhelmed when our workshop for 25-30 people became massively over-subscribed and we ended up with 190 participants in the session! It’s clear that the need for emotional and mental health support is as high as ever, and we were delighted with the great feedback our session had, new connections we made and having the opportunity to share our expertise with others.
Next up we have the Oxfordshire Head Teacher’s Conference where we hope to spread the word about our new Emotional Health Framework for Schools, and then we look ahead to the Summer, where we hope to speak once again at the Festival of Education at Wellington College.
We are also busy speaking to teachers through our work with the NEU all over the country. Last week we completed more training in Bristol and next, our Head of Therapeutic Services Becky will be working with Newly Qualified Teachers in Leicester!
With requests coming in to deliver workshops in The Wirral and Glasgow, we certainly do seem to be growing our reach!