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Events

Blue Smile has a range of events taking place all year round; from fundraising events, clinical training events, awareness days and conferences.

A great way to support Blue Smile is by taking part in our planned events or by organising your own event – raising awareness of our work or fundraising for us.

Fundraising Events

By organising a fundraising event ‘your way’, you can raise funds and awareness of Blue Smile while bringing people together to do what you love best!  This might be baking cakes, dancing or playing music – whatever you choose!

To get you started, we’ve created a fundraising pack with lots of great ideas of how to raise money for Blue Smile.

Blue Smile Fundraising Pack

Once you’ve decided on how you will raise money, you can create a dedicated fundraising page to show help your supporters:

Start Fundraising with Local Giving

Clinical Training Events

Blue Smile is passionate about supporting the development of clinical trainees and qualified practitioners so they can continuously improve the skills needed to work effectively with children, schools and families. We draw on our own expertise in children and young people’s mental health as well as that of external trainers to provide high quality, regular clinical training workshops throughout the year. Our full and half day ‘Skills in the Room’ workshops combine theoretical and experiential learning, incorporate the use of arts and play and are open to practitioners from various organisations as well as those within Blue Smile.

Our training workshops cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Using mindfulness with children
  • Understanding and working with self-harm
  • Working with ADHD
  • Sand tray work
  • Bereavement and loss

Forthcoming events

Priscilla Bacon- Offering Groups for Parents

Saturday 20th November, 9.45am – 1pm

City Church, 12-14 Cheddars Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8LD

The morning will focus on how to create warm and robust working relationships with parents in order to help them understand some basic neuroscience to inform and encourage them to begin to open their minds to change within their family strategies and routines.

To book a ticket, click here

Past events

  • Priscilla Bacon- Offering Groups for Parents
  • Ditty Dokter – Negotiating Boundaries or Reinforcing Borders?
  • Clair Lewoski – Gender, Sexuality and Gender Questioning
  • Clair Lewoski – Mindfulness
  • Anna Zeffertt – Working with Ill Health
  • Michelle Miller – Self-harm in Younger Children
  • Lynne Souter-Anderson – Poking fun and packing punches: using clay with children and adolescents to work through relational conflicts
  • Biddy Barclay – Tiny and Vast: Worlds in the Sand-tray
  • Amy O’Leary – Understanding and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse
  • Dr Joanne Holmes – Working with ADHD
  • Clair Lewoski – Working with Defences
  • Raven Kaliana – Puppets do the Talking: Transforming Trauma with Puppetry
  • Dr Gina Gomez de la Cuesta – Building Bricks for Autism: An introduction to Lego based Therapy
  • Vince Hesketh – We are not Alone: Working with Family Systems

 

“Excellent training – good mix of practical with discussions and amazingly generous experience shared with the group.”

Blue Smile cares about developing its staff and volunteers and provides opportunities for high-quality training.

Excellent, highly engaging presenter direct from the field

 

Open Days

Current Events:

There are currently no Open Days planned

Past Events:

Volunteer Open Morning- Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Blue Smile conferences

Blue Smile has held two expert conferences in the past four years, both hugely successful. Well over 100 attendees came each time from schools and statutory bodies, alongside therapists and supporters of Blue Smile.  An active participation scheme allowed the audience to submit questions on their phones as these came up and to vote on their views on questions from the speakers. We were able to show the information immediately in pie charts, so it was truly engaging and intimate. 
 
Key to the success of these events was the expertise of our speakers, and many commented on how much they valued having up to the minute knowledge and data about mental health in high interest areas such as Special Educational Needs, Attachment in the Classroom, the Impact of Social Media and Self-Harm.
At our first conference, “How To Respond To The Mental Health Crisis in Schools” Alistair Campbell shared his own moving story about his mental health and how concerned he was that unless funding followed the fine words from Government on raising awareness of mental health issues, then we were heading for trouble. We had great talks from our Patron, Proffesor Simon Baron-Cohen, on autism and from Dr Carol Holliday from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education on the evidence base for counselling in schools. Dr Dickon Bevington from the Anna Freud Centre gave us an amazing overview of self-harm and why it’s increasing. Angela Leach, then Headteacher at Shirley Community Primary School, explained why being a Blue Smile Partner School had such a huge impact on pupils.
At our 2019 conference,  The Resilient School, a Whole School Approach, our brilliant speaker Heather Geddes spoke about increasing attachment in classrooms, which had the many schools and therapists  scribbling notes in excitement. We were really honoured because this was probably Heather’s last big speaking engagement before semi-retiring. She was truly inspiring as an educational psychologist working with young people in trouble for so many years.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England (OCCE) speaker, Martin Lennon, was fascinating. He spoke on the impact of social media, another hot topic.  The OCCE research showed that while social media could increase symptoms of mental ill-health, it had much that was positive too. He made the point that it was a very convenient drum to beat on the subject of mental health in young people and a distraction from its lack of funding. Martin’s final talk on how children with SEN/SEMH felt about their lack of support and understanding, leading to so many being home-educated against their wishes, was really sobering. Young people talking about schools knowing their trigger points for escalating behaviour issues, and yet school rules meaning that these were pressed anyway, was particularly troubling. This goes so much to the heart of what Blue Smile does, with over 40% of the children we see having Special Educational Needs.
Finally, it was great to hear about the Witchford Schools partnership with Blue Smile and the difference made by an innovative package of training and workshops in schools there. There was a real buzz about how such a package of help could support schools with the recommendations under the recent Green Paper on mental health.
We had many schools in the region showing huge dedication to the emotional wellbeing of their students and staff, with their passionate interest in the conference. We are now following up the many requests for more information and help. It says much for the state of school funding that there were many more dedicated schools that wanted to come to the conference but couldn’t afford the cover needed to take up a place.

“Thank you to all involved today. You inspired and educated me. About to type up some notes for colleagues. I feel incredibly passionate about mental health and well-being.” Conference attendee