Conference - Attachment Parenting UK

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Introduction

Be Part of Something Incredible.

APUK Live! is THE attachment parenting event of the year. This is a unique opportunity to be surrounded by like minded people while immersing yourself in information from the leading edge. 250 parents, carers and professionals will gather together to hear world-renowned attachment parenting advocates from diverse fields as well as some uniquely entertaining performances.

You’ll hear groundbreaking concepts, meet fantastic exhibitors and be supported by a dedicated team of APUK Group Facilitators. If you are inspired by deepening bonds, creating more peace and driving positive social change – book your ticket now!

Speakers

Dr Rosie Knowles

Rosie is a mum of two who lives in Sheffield. She is a practising GP, and is also very keen on babywearing. 5 years ago she set up a hugely popular grassroots peer-to-peer sling community in Sheffield. The author of Why Babywearing Matters, Rosie believes that sling use is a simple, low cost intervention that can make a huge difference to family life. She speaks about this around the UK and Europe and is looking forwards to talking to the APUK family too!

Milli Hill

Milli Hill is a well-published freelance writer, feminist, former dramatherapist, public speaker, trainee doula and self-professed birth nut. She is the founder of the global-network Positive Birth Movement with over 400 groups worldwide and her book, The Positive Birth Book: A New Approach to Pregnancy, Birth and the Early Weeks, has been an Amazon bestseller. Milli currently lives in Somerset UK with her partner and three small children.

Kate Pigeon-Owen

Kate is an Instructor and Trainer with the International Association of Infant Massage – the world’s leading provider of baby and infant massage education and expertise – and Founder of Childways Ltd, a company dedicated to providing inspirational training in nurturing touch. Kate combines her 20 year passion for touch and attachment in infancy through her massage teaching, and her celebrated ‘WellBeing 10% More Energy’ workshops.

Sophie Christophy

Sophie Christophy is a self-directed researcher and scholar, exploring the intersection of parenthood, childhood, education and consent. A respected blogger Sophie also runs parent courses on Consent Based Education discussing the history and impact of patriarchial ‘power over’ dynamic on social norms and how parents can create a new paradigm of consent based ways of learning. Her work has a feminist, social justice lens, seeking to deconstruct oppression of children.

Emily Fackrell

Emily is the Director of Management & Development at Toddlercalm & BabyCalm. A trained doula, nursery nurse, sling consultant, breastfeeding peer supporter and IAIM certified infant massage instructor, Emily is deeply committed to supporting families and delivering high quality training through the CalmFamily network, a non-profit organisation empowering parents to raise a generation of secure, well-attached and respected children.

Ian Blackwell

Ian has 25 years experience in the ‘learning outside the classroom sector’ and in 2007 set up Dangerous Dads in Totnes in partnership with the Children’s Centre to offer activities for dads with young children. In 2013 Ian established The Dangerous Dads Network (and the famous DadFest) as a social enterprise supporting UK towns to develop active fathering programmes. Ian is also a PhD student researching how outdoor activities benefit father-child bonding.

Michelle McHale

APUK founding director Michelle is mum to two girls age 7 & 9. After training with Attachment Parenting International as a peer support group leader and running a thriving group in Devon she founded APUK and developed affiliation for the 70+ nationwide APUK groups. Author of the accredited Positive Discipline eCourse she has written for The Sunday Times, The Huffington Post and as the ‘Here to Help’ expert for Mother & Baby Magazine.

Jo Ball

Jo Ball, founder of Mums4aChange is on a mission to create real communities of support for mothers, where the inner life and transformative potential of motherhood is championed. Mums4aChange uses a unique combination of coaching, creativity and expressive writing to share what matters and get potent about what wants to shift. Jo is an arts therapist, trainer, life and career coach as well as the founder of Co-Creation Coaching.

Michael H Brown

Michael is the APUK in-house coach. A father of 4, grandfather and step-dad to 2 young girls, Michael’s work is founded in the fundamental principle that we all have innate wellbeing, which contains wisdom and common sense, and naturally allows us to function in a healthy way. He is vastly experienced working with parents looking to create peace and access intuition in their relationships. He also works with teenagers and children as young as 8.

Performers

Matt Harvey

Poet and lyricist Matt Harvey was first official Poet-in-Residence at the Wimbledon Championships (“brilliant” The New Yorker) and has been commissioned by the Science Museum, Open University and Energy Ombudsman. A familiar face voice on Radio 4, the Desktop Poetry Slot in the Guardian and on Nationwide TV adverts, Matt is author of several books including two children’s picture books. Matt is has twin teenage sons who he adopted aged 9 months.

John Lomas, Lindsey Garwood

John and Lindsey are co-directors of the Closer Each Day Company, the makers of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap, the world’s longest improvised narrative and the only serialised theatre show in the UK. Once asked to perform at a storytelling competition, The Great American Storybook was born. Besides many acting, writing and directing credits between them, John teaches improvisation and performance and Lindsey runs the Bristol Improv Jam.

Bring You Own Baby Choir

Founded by Julia Turner, a vocalist, teacher and choir-leader, the fantastically named BYOB Choir is a weekly favourite with many Bristol-based parents and carers who appreciate an adult choir – you won’t find nursery rhymes even if there are plenty of toddlers and babe-in-arms basking in the magical music. Led on the day by dad Andrew, the feel-good tunes will round off the last session and uplift your spirits to send you home in a beautiful mood.

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Be Part of This!

We’ve created a stimulating day with four 75 minute speaker sessions, spacious breaks for refreshments, socialising and interacting with exhibitors.

  • 9.15am – 10am: Registration
  • 10am – 11.15am: Speaker Session
  • 11.15am – 11.45am: Refreshment Break
  • 11.45am – 1pm: Speaker Session
  • 1pm – 2.30pm: – Lunch Break
  • 2.30pm – 3.45pm: Speaker Session
  • 3.45pm – 4.15pm: Refreshment Break
  • 4.15pm – 5.30pm: Speaker Session

Babes in arms are welcome in the auditorium. A toddler-friendly space will be available for little ones with their carers. Reservation essential – email us to book at no charge.

Lunch & Refreshments

Delicious refreshments breaks include homemade cakes, biscuits and fruit as well as a freshly prepared vegan lunch with sourdough and gluten-free breads warm out the oven.

Our Partners

Our amazingly generous exhibitors and partners are aligned with our values of innovation, integrity and inclusivity. They believe in our work and want to engage with you - it’s all about connection.

Venue Details

St Matthias was purpose-built in the 1850s as an all-female teacher training college, later part of the University of the West Of England and now home to one of the country’s four state-funded Steiner academies; the fastest growing independent non-denominational school network in the world.

The conference will be held in the 270 seater auditorium with catering and exhibitors available in the beautiful adjacent refectory building overlooking the leafy grounds.

Free on-site and neighbouring street parking.

Map

Steiner Academy Bristol
St Matthias Campus
Elfin Rd
Bristol
BS16 2JP

  • 10 minutes drive from the M4.
  • 40 minutes by bus from Bristol Templemeads Train Station.
  • Get special conference fares to Bristol with GWR trains.
  • On Bristol's Cycle Path Network .

Freebies

Thanks to our amazing partners you'll find a tin of Teapigs, raw chocolate Ombar, super practical Pravera washbag (surprise inside!) Juno Magazine, The Green Parent magazine, Pulsin bar, Weleda samples, Bio-D sample, Water Wipes, vouchers & catalogues!

You'll also be given FREE access to the accredited Positive Discipline eCourse worth £99 - and if you've already done it you can donate the course to someone you know and spread the love.

Book by Sep 22nd and enter the prize draw too!

Volunteers

You will be warmly greeted on the day by our friendly APUK Group Facilitators who will be looking after everyone. As parents themselves, they understand how meaningful it can be to carve out time for yourself and they will be dedicated to enhancing this special day. You can also ask them about running an APUK group and why they love being part of the APUK family.

We would also love some local volunteers with excellent Brizzle know-how! If you’d like to be part of the day and receive free full-privilege access email us at michelle@attachmentparenting.co.uk for a Volunteers Information Pack.

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