Inaugural Conference: “Psycho Social Therapies and Care Environments”

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PLACES: Places Limited
Date: 27/04/2016
Time: 10:30 am - 4:45 pm

Barns Conference Centre

Starting a conversation…

“Where I’m coming from
What I’m doing”

The inaugural conference of the Oral History Society’s new “Psycho-Social Therapies and Care Environments” Special Interest Group

April 27th, 2016
10:30 to 16:45
Barns Conference Centre, Church Lane, Toddington, Glos. GL54 5DQ



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The question: How do you create a new Special Interest Group ex nihilo?
The answer: Meet, get to know one another, Talk

In this first conference of the Oral History Society’s new PST&CE Special Interest Group, the emphasis is on establishing a conversation among the diverse range of people who are using oral history to explore the history and heritage of ‘care environments’ and/or psycho-social therapies; or who use oral history as a tool and/or companion within care and therapeutic practice. Where do we come from, what are we doing, what do we have in common, where do we diverge: What issues are raised in our meeting and discussion, and where does this mean the Group should go?
You don’t have to be a member of the Oral History Society or of the new Special Interest Group to join in the conference.

Conference fee for Special Interest Group members: £30
Conference fee for other Oral History Society members: £35.
Conference fee for non-members £40.
Conference fee includes lunch and refreshments.

There is a special limited-availability overnight conference rate of £80, including dinner, overnight accommodation, breakfast, and conference (which includes lunch and refreshments).
Ideal for Special Interest Group members taking part in the Inaugural General Meeting, which takes place after dinner on April 26th.

Payment by cheque only, please, made out to “Oral History Society”.
Please download and complete the booking form (download booking form here), enclosing payment, and send to:

OHS Conference
Barns Conference Centre
Church Lane
Toddington, near Cheltenham
Glos. GL54 5DQ

Conference places are limited by the size of the facility. Reservations by April 20th, please.

For more information please contact Craig Fees on 01242 620125 or Verusca Calabria

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(from the Visitor’s Book)

February 2016: ‘Fantastic time – food amazing – staff just lovely. All of us happy’

November 2015:We love it here – home from home. Vicky and Steph’s cooking is so inviting and you cope so well with our awkward diets! Love the re-vamped rooms! Thank you for all your care.’

October 2015: ‘Rooms and centre very comfortable. Such a peaceful place. Thank you so much.’

August 2015: ‘The space at the centre and the variety of spaces led to the most harmonious and congenial and enjoyable retreat we have ever had……We all feel refreshed and the young people agreed with me that spaces are created in your mind after such experiences of physical spaces combined with reflection and belonging…..'(Sheila Melzak, Clinical Director, The Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile)

July 2015:Thankyou so much for a lovely stay. The food was delicious and the staff so friendly and welcoming. The rooms were lovely and comfortable and the grounds tranquil. An ideal place to feel nurtured on our yoga retreat.

Travel and Accommodation

Conference timings have been designed to facilitate ease of travel.
The venue is about 25 minutes from nearby train stations.
By rail, London to Honeybourne takes about 2 hours; from Oxford to Honeybourne about 45 minutes.
By rail, Manchester to Cheltenham Spa takes about 2 1/2 hours; Exeter to Cheltenham Spa about 2 hours; Birmingham or Bristol to Cheltenham Spa about 40 minutes.

By rail: There are regular and convenient train services to nearby Honeybourne and Evesham stations, on the London Paddington to Worcester/Hereford line; and to Cheltenham Spa on the West Coast and London Paddington/Birmingham/NorthWest lines. Taxis can be arranged in advance, and there is a busy taxi stand at Cheltenham.

By road: If walking: Barns Centre is on the Isbourne Way, on Church Lane, Toddington, GL54 5DQ, about 50 yards up and on the left from the junction with the B4077.

If coming by bicycle, car, or motorcycle: Church Lane forms a T-Junction with the B4077, which runs between Tewkesbury and Stow-on-the-Wold. From the M5, take Exit 9 at Tewkesbury heading East towards Ashchurch on the A46. Cross over the Teddington Hands Roundabout onto the B4077 towards Stow-on-the-Wold. From the M5 it takes about 15 minutes to get to Church Lane, which will be on the left. There is ample parking onsite.

By air: The nearest major airport is Birmingham International (BHX), well-served by rail.

On-site: Barns Centre has eleven comfortable two-bed rooms, with a small kitchen in the main accommodation building. Each pair of rooms shares a bathroom.

Camping: Tents are welcome on the Field by prior arrangement, and campervans can be accommodated. There is a shower/toilet block available.

Locally: Barns Centre is at the foot of the Cotswolds, well served by nearby B&Bs and hotels.

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