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This project will only be funded if at least £7,500 is pledged by January 10th 2020 at 11:11am

Creating opportunities for connection, for everyone. Connection heals and saves lives. Help us so we can do something amazing together.

by Connection Studio in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Why create connection?

“The workshop is like nothing you’ve ever done but it shouldn’t be because it is a skill for life” 

 

Emotional and social connection adds 20 years to our life span; it's more impactful than exercise, food and smoking.  

Connection is at the heart of what helps us and yet we are becoming more disconnected from ourselves and from each other.  

When we have connection and integration, we have access to all that we need and all that society has to offer, we also have capacity to give back and serve.  Severing connections destroys lives, and rebuilding those connections can be incredibly difficult, especially when the impact of trauma, health problems, anxiety and depression can so successfully block our route back to closeness and connecting with our communities (friends, family, work, etc).  

The impact of rebuilding connection with self and others has immeasurable ripple effects.  

  • On our life span
  • On the way we raise our children – interrupting the transgenerational transmission of trauma from one generation to the next.
  • For our effectiveness at work, building productive, healthy teams
  • For our immune system, how we respond to infection and how we heal
  • For our relationship with our planet and how we care for it.

 

And creating connection with those who are most impacted – like people who have experienced multiple traumas, chronic health problems and / or difficulties early in life - can make the biggest difference.  Creating connection for these adults with their children has potential to change many lives and communities.  

 

“I would love to attend the parent and child workshop so I can reconnect with my children”

All quotes are from BeConnected workshop participants

 

Dr Jessica Bolton’s story

“I always knew that connection was important, but it was a profound moment when I first learned about this way of connecting.  I attended a workshop, full of other experts who were being taught by leaders in the field. However, it was clear that this way of being could be available to everyone with guidance and encouragement”. 

Since returning from that workshop in 2017, Jess has shared the connection exercise with 100s of healthcare professionals and members of the public, each time with moving and profound moments created within minutes by those taking part.

“As a psychologist and psychotherapist, I endeavour to help people connect with themselves and to build their capacity for emotional connection through me, and with others.  The capacity for connection is within us all, not a professional skill to be learned.  Create a playful, curious, safe, non-judgemental environment and connection springs to life.  This is much harder when people have been through trauma, chronic stress and significant loss… harder but not impossible.” 

Teaching about connection needs to involve actual connection… hence, THIS IS NOT SELF HELP!  The challenge of bringing connection to the public without turning it into a self-help guide has been significant!  Anything we do needs to increase opportunity for connection.  We are determined in this.  If we simply share the importance of connection people could feel lonelier, not more connected!  So, we are deeply committed to offering BeConnected workshops widely as well as training opportunities to bring connection, and profound moments that change people and change lives. 

   

 

What are BeConnected workshops?

  • People – young and old - connect first with themselves 
  • Teach about our innate emotional systems
  • Share easy to digest aspects of research and neuroscience 
  • Create safe environments for profound moments of meeting
  • Give space for connection exercises 
  • Last 1-3 hours, depending on the audience (shorter for children's and parent / child workshops)

 

 

What do people say about our workshops?

"It was building on our own bill of rights.When someone affirms to you that you really matter, it helps to build on the things that have been taken away from you."

“The feeling of love touched the hard part in my heart and I cried.  It felt like a release.”

“I was feeling connected quite quickly and wanted to drink in the good feeling.  You have expanded my words and helped me feel something good.”

“What helped me engage was the ‘science’ stuff – learning about the emotional systems”

“I would love to attend the parent and child workshop so I can reconnect with my children”

 

What are we specifically raising money for?

  • To bring these workshops to vulnerable groups by partnering with charities.
  • Our first partnership has got this project off the ground.  Please contact us direct at hello@connectionstudio.net if you are excited about being a future partner. 
  • Creating online training programmes to teach anyone basic connection exercises
  • Running BeConnected Workshops live online, so that isolation doesn’t limit connection!

 

 Funding goal - A very modest £7500

Our basic funding goal will deliver:

175 adult BeConnected workshop places

100 parent and child BeConnected workshop places

Connection exercises online available for all in 2021

 

Stretch goal £30,000

In addition to above:

Build online resources to enable community groups / services to offer BeConnected workshops to the most vulnerable groups – with adjustments and guidance for working with specific groups (e.g. autism, complex trauma, bereavement)

Train the trainer workshops for up to 50 trainers, for organisations dealing with specialised difficulties associated with emotional distress / trauma etc.  

 

And beyond… an app, a tour, and a marketing campaign. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£60 or more

Gift a BeConnected workshop place - adult + child

Give BeConnected workshop places for a parent and their child to connect and learn together about emotional systems in a playful, caring, compassionate, safe space.

£10 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Support Us! Let's bring connection back

Let's do something amazing together! Every little helps. Thank you for any part you can play in helping bring connection to people who need it.

£25 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Early bird - early access to connection exercise

If you would like early access to the online connection exercise we are making available to everyone in 2021 - this is the reward for you!

£35 or more

0 of 400 claimed

Early access to online connection exercise

If you would like early access to the online connection exercise we are making available to everyone in 2021 - this is the reward for you!

£50 or more

0 of 200 claimed

BeConnected workshop adult place in Birmingham, UK

Everyone is welcome at BeConnected. Creating connections in a safe and secure setting, we teach you about emotional systems and neuroscience, help you take a mindful, present moment position, and connect with yourself and others. People invariably leave feeling activated and boosted, even zinging. Workshops are run on Friday am, Thursday pm / eve. We will email you offering a range of dates on 31/01/2020

£50 or more

0 of 200 claimed

BeConnected workshop adult place online webinar

Everyone is welcome at BeConnected. Creating connections in a safe and secure setting, we teach you about emotional systems and neuroscience, help you take a mindful, present moment position, and connect with yourself and others. People invariably leave feeling activated and boosted, even zinging. Webinars are run on Friday am, Thursday pm / eve - GMT. We will email you offering a range of dates on 31/01/2020

£50 or more

Gift a BeConnected workshop place for an adult

An opportunity to donate towards our future workshops for a cause you are passionate about. These range from those with terminal illness, people affected by trauma and much more.

£200 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Buy a place on a train the trainer workshop

Buy a place at a Train the Trainer BeConnected Workshop - a 2 day course for those working with emotional distress, trauma, autism, physical health problems, in palliative care, mental health services etc. These will be held in the UK, most likely Birmingham.

£280 or more

0 of 200 claimed

Buy a place at a train the trainer workshop

Buy a place at a Train the Trainer BeConnected Workshop - a 2 day course for those working with emotional distress, trauma, autism, physical health problems, in palliative care, mental health services etc. These will be held in the UK, most likely Birmingham.

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Gift a whole BeConnected workshop

You gift is a whole BeConnected workshop to a service of your choice, in additional you shall - get a special mention on our supporter wall - generally feel amazing about what an incredible gift you are giving. We will need to add costs of travel and travel time if you would like to request a workshop for a service outside of central Birmingham. If you are just giving it for us to offer to one of our partners - thank you so much!

£4,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

The full shebang - Train twenty people

Train the Trainer BeConnected Workshop for up to 25 people -a 2 day course for charities and public organisations working with emotional distress, trauma, autism, physical health problems, in palliative care or mental health services. This will be held in Birmingham, UK. If you would like us to travel to you, the additional associated costs will need to be paid for by your organisation.


Let's make 'Creating Connections' happen

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