Ordinary Magic: resilience building through belonging and mastery – Wednesday 5 December 2018 – Brighton Resilience Forum

Ordinary Magic: resilience building through belonging and mastery – Wednesday 5 December 2018 – Brighton Resilience Forum

Topic:  Ordinary Magic: resilience building through belonging and mastery – Tim Holtham and members of Brighton Table Tennis Club

Date:  Wednesday 5th December 2018

Time:  1pm for a 1.15pm start to 3.15pm

Location:  Room and Building TBA, Falmer Campus, University of Brighton, Brighton, BN1 9PH

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Session Summary:  With important insight into resilience building, Tim and Co will talk about the vision and practice of Brighton Table Tennis Club. With targeted sessions for looked after children, refugees including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, people with learning disabilities and others, this is truly a ‘club for everyone’ but it is so much more than this. Members are encouraged to take responsibility and have ownership of the club, through being involved in decision making and by being supported to develop their table tennis, relationship and leadership skills, with many members qualifying as coaches. Our own Boingboing member and Arts Connect Ambassador, Harry Fairchild, has worked with the club to become the world’s first qualified table tennis coach with Downs Syndrome. Many other members are benefiting from the club’s ethos of inclusivity and promoting a real sense of belonging.

Tim will talk about his introduction to thinking about the club’s activities through a resilience and ‘changing the odds’ lens and how he came to realise the value of what the club does in promoting the ‘ordinary magic’ that is resilience, for some of the people with the biggest odds stacked against them. He will outline his vision for the club having a more explicit focus on resilience in the future, and what we can all learn from the importance of mastery and belonging. This forum promises to be inspiring, different and most of all, fun.

Biography:  Tim Holtham is formerly a top-10 England Table Tennis Junior. He founded Brighton Table Tennis Club (BTTC) with Harry McCarney, in February 2007 with two worn-out tables in the Brighton Youth Centre and the strong belief that table tennis can be used as a powerful tool in engaging people of all ages and transforming lives.

Today the club has its own centre with 10 tables in Kemptown and runs 100 tables across the city in parks, squares, schools, sheltered housing schemes, a centre for homeless people, sports centres and a psychiatric hospital. It works in two prisons outside the city.

More than 1,250 people play in the club’s weekly sessions. Their number includes people with learning disabilities, young people from the Brighton Travellers site, Looked After Children, people with physical disabilities, people from the LGBT community and young asylum seekers. The youngest player is 2. The oldest is 98. The club is the world’s first recognised Club of Sanctuary, for its work with refugees.

Who might be most interested:  Academics, practitioners, researchers, students, parents, carers, community workers, volunteers, public sector workers, young people, service users and people with lived experience of mental health problems.

Further Reading:  You can read more about Brighton Table Tennis Club here (external link).

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Travel Information: For details of where to find us please see this map (external link). The Falmer Campus is well-served by public transport (25 bus and Falmer train station).

*NOTE Parking restrictions will be in force, with clamping and fines being issued. Demand for parking at Falmer is far in excess of the spaces available and alternative transport is strongly recommended. Please ensure that if you do need to bring your car you either have a Falmer permit or you contact the admin team (researchadminSHS@brighton.ac.uk) to pre-book a parking space well in advance. See our travel information (external link) page.


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