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Wellbeing for Festivals Training Day

24 Sep 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM



24 Sep 2019
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Wilton’s Music Hall
1 Graces Alley
Whitechapel, E1 8JB United Kingdom
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The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) are pleased to announce our Wellbeing for Festivals Training Day – a small scale event covering a wide variety of wellbeing and welfare issues relating to staff and audiences.

This event will cover topics including mental health, emotional support, disability, accessibility  and sexual safety through a combination of quick-fire talks and more in-depth workshops.

The training day will take place on Tuesday 24th September, from 11am – 5pm, at Wilton’s Music Hall (Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB.)

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AIF Members & Friends are eligible for discounts – please email phoebe@aiforg.com for information on how to claim!

Ticket price includes lunch. Please let us know when booking if you have any dietary requirements.

Speakers announced:

Eric Mtungwazi & Andy Franks (Music Support)
Music Support and safe zones at festivals

Eric Mtungwazi is Managing Director of Music Support.

His experience is within the non-for-profit and public sector, as a Programme Director and Head of Volunteer Recruitment. He’s also been a self-managed artist (singer songwriter) performing in the UK and overseas.

Franksy has been tour managing for over 30 years for the likes of Depeche, Madness, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, Bush, James, The Stone Roses and many more.

In recent years he has been running the Artist Liaison at Hyde Park for BST Festival that has welcomed bands such as Black Sabbath, The Stones, Lionel Richie, The Libertines, Bon Jovi, The Who, Elvis Costello, Tom Jones, Neil Young, Blur and many more.

Tamsin Embleton (Embleton Psychotherapy)
Music industry therapists

Tamsin Embleton is an ex-music industry booker (Metropolis Studios, Standon Calling Festival, Mean Fiddler, Killer B Music amongst others) turned psychotherapist who specialises in working therapeutically with musicians and music industry. She recently founded the Music Industry Therapist Collective (MIT Collective), a group of psychotherapists working in the UK and US all of whom have worked in the industry in recording, labels, radio, live and as artists. They work one-to-one with artists and groups, and are currently writing a touring and mental health manual and online psychoeducation course which will be available in 2020.

Dr. Shaun May (Autism Arts Festival, University of Kent)
Creating autism-friendly events for artists and audiences

Shaun is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent and one of the organisers of the Autism Arts Festival, a biennial festival of arts by and for people on the autistic spectrum, funded by Arts Council England.

He is also the author of two books, A Philosophy of Comedy on Stage and Screen (Bloomsbury) and Rethinking Practice as Research and the Cognitive Turn (Palgrave), and he teaches a module on Disability and the Arts for second year students at the University of Kent.

Valentina Camporeale (Kilimanjaro)
Climbing the mountain: mental health and wellbeing support for staff

With a background of 14 years working in the events industry, Valentina is now ticketing manager for special projects at award winning promoter Kilimanjaro Live. She has recently taken on the role of Mental Health Champion and First Aider to work with the senior management team on improving policies around mental health and supporting staff.

Sarah Pettit (Mental Health First Aid England)
Mind, the gap: mental health first aid training

Sarah Pettit is a Client Relationship Manager at Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. Sarah works with organisations across a range of sectors, to identify their mental health and wellbeing objectives, determine their training needs, and guide them towards ‘whole organisational’ change that is supportive of a mentally healthier working environment.

Sarah has worked in third sector client facing roles for over a decade and joined the MHFA team in 2017 with the ambition to help bring parity between physical and mental health in the workplace and wider community.

In her first year with MHFA England, Sarah assisted in the implementation of training to over 500 senior leaders in one of the Big Four companies, and developed material providing best practice guidance for companies to achieve the most impact with their investment in training.

Stephanie Scott (Rape Crisis South London / Surrey & Sussex)
The importance of staff training when dealing with sexual violence

Rape Crisis South London (RASASC) is an independent organisation providing specialist and confidential support to women and girls aged 13 and over, who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their life. Steph is an Outreach Worker, working with women who face additional barriers to accessing support – including women who are or have been homeless, women involved in the sex industry, women with experience of the criminal justice system and refugee and migrant women. As well as providing one to one support to survivors, the Outreach team works closely with other organisations, offering awareness presentations alongside the RASASC training team. In her spare time, Steph likes petting cats, binge watching Netflix and taking part in intersectional activism.

Paul Hawkins (Attitude is Everything)
Top tips for welcoming deaf and disabled customers onsite and the ‘Next Stage’ survey

Paul Hawkins is the Festivals and Volunteering Manager for Attitude is Everything, a charity who work to improve access to live music for Deaf and Disabled People. Within his role, he has advised and worked with a wide range of events, from major festivals such as Glastonbury to boutique festivals such as Nozstock and the Big Cwtch. A qualified and experienced trainer and speaker, he has trained a wide range of events in disability equality including Green Man, Pride in London and HM Government of Gibraltar. Outside of the charity, Paul is a published author and lead singer of outsider pop band The Awkward Silences.


Emma Richardson (Lewis Silkin LLP)
‘This Place Minds’ campaign

Emma is the Director of Worksphere; Lewis Silkin’s comprehensive HR service providing a holistic solution for clients’ people needs.

Emma is an experienced HR Director with 25+ years of frontline practice across a range of industry sectors, with strong global acumen and a demonstrable track record of delivering operational transformation both here in the UK and overseas. She enjoys leading and inspiring individuals and teams to deliver their goals, aligned to the strategic aims of the organisation.

Emma has been at the forefront of Lewis Silkin’s current campaign #ThisPlaceMinds. Through the #ThisPlaceMinds campaign Lewis Silkin hopes to engage both our colleagues and clients to help foster workplaces that enhance mental wellbeing and build a culture where people can talk openly about their mental wellbeing, safe in the knowledge that they will be met with support and understanding.

Austin Duffy, Michelle Bennett & John Bird (Festival Samaritans)
Providing emotional support for festival attendees

Austin Duffy

Austin has been a Samaritan for twenty five years and is committed to being there for anyone who needs the space to explore their feelings. Volunteering with both Bradford & Festival branch and co-ordinating the Samaritan service at Crisis at Christmas, supporting homeless people. Austin has had a long career in the advertising industry, also selecting and training new Samaritans. He believes that giving people the time and space to talk, without making judgments about them or telling them what to do is empowering.

Michelle Bennett

Michelle has been a listening volunteer at Samaritans Festival Branch for over 6 years. She is a Registered Nurse, and until recently ran a scheme in the North West of England to facilitate deceased donation of corneas (eye donation) for transplant. She has a special interest in the welfare of younger people and those who may be struggling to cope. Michelle believes having Samaritans at festivals, makes a massive difference to anyone who needs someone to listen.

John Bird

John has been a Samaritan for over thirty years and is passionate about the work that they do. He is currently volunteering at Swansea Branch and Festival Branch and he has also volunteered for homeless charities. John is also on the Prison Team at Swansea, training and developing prisoners to be Samaritan Volunteers. With a background in the hotel and leisure business, he is comfortable talking and listening to people from all walks of life.

 Jane Stoneham & Lynsey Robinson (Sensory Trust)
Creating sensory inclusive events 

Jane and Lynsey are from the Sensory Trust, a UK organisation that brings outdoor experiences into the lives of people who need them the most.  Our aim is to make the outdoors accessible and enjoyable for all people, regardless of age, ability or social circumstance.

Jane is Director and delivers inclusive advice nationally and internationally. Lynsey is Inclusive Designer and leads our work with young people with additional needs and families. We make places more accessible and help people connect with their environment in new ways – to take a fresh view of something, use all their senses, make memories. We have worked with the Eden Project’s on their live music and events programmes, introducing relaxed sessions, developing accessible information and advising on ways to make the whole experience more inclusive.