Café CAT

Introducing Café CAT

Hashtag:  #CafeCatalyse

What is Café CAT?

Café CAT is an informal evening meeting which provides an opportunity for contact with CAT peers with a focus on exploring CAT-related topics or considering broader themes from a CAT perspective.  The Café was organised in response to conversations begun at the Projects Forum about running an evening CPD event.

We’ve now held five Café CAT events since 2017.  You can read more about these by clicking here to reach a page about past Cafe events.  Clive Turpin, who co-ordinated Café CAT until the start of 2019, also blogged about “The Story So Far” – click here to read Clive’s most recent blog.

When and where is the next Café CAT meeting?

The next Café CAT is happening on a new day and time, and in a new venue too.

It takes place on Thursday 4th July, at the slightly later time of 7pm till 9 pm

Our venue for this meeting is the Event Space, Second Floor, HOME, 15 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN – directions and information at this link

This meeting’s topic is CAT on Film.  Kathryn Pemberton will show excerpts from the series of training films she produced for Catalyse last year.  Dawn Bennett, Practitioner Course director, will share initial feedback from piloting the films in current training.  Your reactions and feedback will be welcomed, plus your thoughts on utilising and scaffolding these new resources.

Read more about the event on our ‘CAT on Film’ blog by clicking here.

Cost: £5 (payable on the night) – please pay in the room where the Café  takes place, not at HOME’s Box Office

What happens at a Café CAT meeting?

The format of Café CAT varies and will differ acording to the topic and the person leading the session.

The first few led by Clive Turpin were similar to the model developed by Cafe Psychologique.    This included an open conversation about a topic or theme but with some lead from the person introducing the topic. There was a brief introduction to the title/theme and encouragement from the group to share understanding, experience and knowledge.

This has worked well but we’re open to different formats too.  These are likely to vary according to the issue being discussed, and the style of the person leading.  It doesn’t have to be polished and there’s no need to use presentation tools like powerpoint, unless you want to.  It’s more about holding a space for you and your peers to be curious together, and share ideas and experience.  This could be an opportunity to try something out and build your confidence as a presenter or facilitator.

Who can come to a Café CAT meeting?

Café CAT is an open event, but as we will be exploring different aspects of the model, a basic understanding of CAT would be beneficial.

Which areas in the North have a Café CAT meeting?

Meetings have taken place in Manchester so far. However we hope to run them in other locations.  For example, later in 2019 we plan to arrange another ‘CAT on Film’ screening and meeting in Sheffield.

If you are interested in leading an event and running it in your local area, let us know so we can support you in organising this.

What topics are planned for future meetings?

Several future topics have been suggested, including:

  • Establishing exits and incorporating healthy roles
  • My CAT, your CAT: Exploring difference within a shared framework
  • Whose letter is it? Reformulation and Goodbye letters, who do they belong to?
  • Birth
  • Death
  • Belonging

We are open to more and want to respond to the needs of the local CAT community.

How can I be involved?

Coming along and taking part in a discussion is the simplest way to be involved.

We would like Café CAT meetings to be led by a range of people from within the local CAT communities.  We welcome your ideas, suggestions and offers! We can provide a small fee to facilitators for leading a discussion.  We arrange all the event promotion and could offer other administrative support if required.

Looking forward to seeing you there.  There’s no need to book a place; just come along on the night.

For further information, contact Frances Free via this link.