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Events & Training

Events & Training

Upcoming Mulberry Bush Events and Training

Foundation Degree (FdA) in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People

An award-winning Level 3 course, with an option to continue to a Level 5 Foundation Degree, run by The Mulberry Bush and validated by the University of the West of England.

The course develops the capacity of students to support the emotional growth of children and young people through meaningful relationships. Students will be encouraged to learn about themselves and engage creatively in group situations. A key concept of the course is recognising the influence of unconscious processes and understanding behaviour as a form of communication.

Learning is theoretical and experiential and students will be encouraged to bring case material from their own work settings.

The Foundation degree is a Level 5 qualification. The course is regarded as equivalent to the mandatory Level 3 Diploma and the content has been mapped against these requirements, and the Therapeutic Service Standards set out by the Community of Communities. A progression year to BA (Hons) level is available through the University of the West of England.

More detailed information can be found in the course leaflet here.

To submit an application please download and complete our application form and return this to Kathy Smith at

(Please do not try to apply via UCAS)

Level 3 Certificate in Therapeutic Group Work with Children & Young People
Online – via Zoom

Used well, groups can be a powerful tool, enabling children to learn to work safely and productively together. This experiential qualification enables practitioners to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to make effective use of a therapeutic group to support change for children and young people effectively. This qualification is suitable for those staff using group work with children or young people in either school or care settings. These groups may be for all ages and abilities such as: circle times, youth clubs, nurture groups or after-school clubs.

Please email to find out more and to be updated when new dates for this training are announced.

Cookalong with Jack Stein
Fri, April 23, 2021
6.30 PM – 8:00 PM
Online – via Zoom

Join Jack Stein and Nick Evans direct from Rick Stein’s Cookery School as they’re live-streamed into your kitchen on Friday 23rd April for this unique cookalong experience. Not only will they guide you through the process of creating a mouth-wateringly delicious meal for two from fresh ingredients delivered straight to your door, they’ll also be seasoning the evening with anecdotes and stories.

We’re running this unique event alongside Rick Stein’s Cookery School. Rick Stein and his family have kindly supported the Mulberry Bush over the years and it’s thanks to their kindness and generosity that all profits raised from this event will support our ongoing work.

Please note that bookings for this event will close on the 12th April to guarantee delivery of the ingredients.

Find out more here

Researching Trauma in Child Residential Care
Tue, April 27, 2021
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Online – via Zoom

The International Centre is a free alliance of like-minded organisations and individuals who either practice or wish to learn about the role of therapeutic care – especially residential, foster care and adoption – for children, young people, their families and communities.

Join us for this online session where we’ll hear from Sarah Graham & Daniel Johnson who will explore ‘Trauma Therapy: Exploring the Views of Young People in Care’. We’ll also be joined by Ruth Gottfried who will present ‘Assessment of Professional Quality of Life and Secondary Traumatic Stress-Informed Organizational Care in Residential Child and Youth Care Centres, in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-National Study’.

Find out more and book your tickets here

An Introduction to Attachment Informed Practice – Online via
Tue, April 27, 2021
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Online – via Zoom

Ever wondered why some children feel harder to reach? Has a child’s
behaviour towards you or other children ever left you feeling confused?
This training is for anyone who works with children in a classroom setting looking to
understand more about attachment styles and understand how this is relevant to
children’s learning, behaviour and relationships in school.

Find out more and book your place here

Open Evening – Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Care with Children & Young People – Online via Zoom
Tue, April 27, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Online – via Zoom

Join the friendly team that run this award-winning foundation degree to find out more about the course, explore the content and ask any questions that you have about studying, how this course links in with your work, or anything else that you’re keen to find out.

Dr Dave Roberts who leads the course will be leading this virtual open evening and will be joined by members of The Mulberry Bush Team.

If you have any questions at all about the open evening, or if you can’t attend but would like to ask us any questions please get in touch by emailing

You can find out more about the course by downloading our course leaflet here.

Find out more and book your place here

Captain Tom 100 Challenge
Fri, April 30 – Mon, May 3 2021

We’re proud to be part of the Captain Tom 100 challenge which will bring people across the UK together on what would have been Captain Tom’s birthday weekend (30 Apr – 3 May) to raise funds for good causes.

All you need to do is dream up your Captain Tom 100 – an activity of your choice based around the numbers 100 – and do it any time and anywhere from Friday 30 April through to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May.

Your 100 could be walking 100 steps or running 100 metres, scoring 100 goals, baking 100 cakes, climbing 100 stairs, hopping 100 laps of the garden, building 100 sandcastles, writing a 100-word poem, flipping 100 pancakes – anything at all, inside or outside. It’s your chance to do it your way!

Find out how you can support The Mulberry Bush here


An Online Screening of Resilience and Q&A Session for Teaching Assistants, Learning Support Assistants, Higher Level Teaching Assistants & Those in Similar Roles

Wed, May 5, 2021
6:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Online – via Zoom

Are you a Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, Higher Level Teaching Assistant or similar?

Have some of the children you support had Adverse Childhood Experiences*? Do you understand what this might mean for their future lives?

Join us for a showing of the award winning documentary Resilience – The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. A film chronicling paediatricians, therapists, educators and communities using cutting edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

This will be followed by a Q & A session hosted by members of the Mulberry Bush Organisation.

*Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) is the term used to describe traumatic experiences before age 18 that can lead to negative, lifelong emotional and physical outcomes.

Places for this screening are currently full – if you would like to join us for a future screening please register here.

The International Centre COVID-19 World Cafe Event

Friday 7 May
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Online – via Zoom

The International Centre is a free alliance of like-minded organisations and individuals who either practice or wish to learn about the role of therapeutic care – especially residential, foster care and adoption – for children, young people, their families and communities.

This event will bring together networks from across the globe to share our members’ experiences of working through COVID-19.

Learning objectives:

To create mutual support and network forums for our members

To increase our sense of the IC as an international community

To establish ongoing support networks for our members

Find out more and book your place here

Covid-19 Collective Trauma: Talking Strategies

Friday 721 May
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Online – via Zoom

The Mulberry Bush and Orb 8 present an online seminar

Learning objectives:

To acknowledge the social impact of COVID19

Exploring and sharing strategies for recovery across different sectors

Providing opportunities for mutual support and networking

Defining what recovery means for user groups and how to work with resistance


Jane Herd (Orb8): Collective Trauma – Foster Care- What has Covid taught us?

Stuart Harragan (Mulberry Bush Therapies and Network Team) – Working with Families in a Global Pandemic and Beyond

Rob Stuart (Director of OPUS): Listening Posts

Find out more and book your place here

Attachment Informed Practice (Full Course)

3 part course with sessions on 10, 17 and 24 June 2021
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Online – via Zoom

What is Attachment Theory and how might this affect the children I work with? How do early experiences of attachment relationships impact brain development?

Session One : The Theory of Attachment – to understand the theoretical origins of attachment theory and to briefly introduce the four main attachment styles.

Session Two: The Impact of Adversity on Attachment – to highlight the importance of early relationships and brain development.

Session Three: Attachment in Schools – to consider the relevance of attachment theory on children’s learning, behaviour and relationships in school and to consider the importance of a secure base and how this is achieved within your organisation.

Find out more and book your place here

Forest of Dean Half Marathon

A popular annual event taking place in the beautiful Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire – a great run for anyone looking for a well organised, challenging and scenic run.

Date: Sunday, 26th September 2021
Time: Starts at 10.00am
Location: Start and finish at Speech House Field, GL16 7EL
Registration fee: Free when fundraising for The Mulberry Bush
Sponsorship target: £200.00

Organised by The Rotary Club of the Royal Forest of Dean, you’re sure to find this run to be well organised, safe and enjoyable. Set under the late-summer canopy of the forest trees, this is a stunning road-free trail run with some hill challenges and the expected puddle or two!

As a charity, we have been allocated a limited number of free places for this event. To apply for one of these places, simply complete this form or contact us at for more information. 


Run for the Mulberry Bush at the Forest of Dean Half Marathon

The 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon

The iconic London Marathon is the experience of a lifetime and one of the most famous sporting events in the world.

Date: Sunday 3rd October 2021
Location: London
Registration fee: £100
Sponsorship target: £2000

The iconic London Marathon is the experience of a lifetime and one of the most famous sporting events in the world.

Charity Place Applications

All of our places for the 2021 London Marathon have been filled. If you would like to join our waiting list to be informed should any places become available or to be the first to hear when we open applications for 2022 please email  


Ballot Place Runners

Have you secured your own place to run this year and would like to join the Mulberry Bush team? We’d love to give you a very warm welcome! There’s no minimum fundraising commitment – we would only ask you to raise what you can. We’ll send you a Mulberry Bush running vest and you’ll receive fundraising support from our dedicated team. Email us at to find out more.


Blenheim Palace Fun Run

Run, jog or walk for The Mulberry Bush at Blenheim Palace’s fun run!

Date: Sunday 3rd October 2021
Location: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP
Time: The first race (under 15s 1 mile) starts at 10.15 am
Registration Fee: This depends on which race you enter

World Heritage site Blenheim Palace is the spectacular location for this family-friendly fun run with a beautiful lakeside off road section. 

What we love about this race is that there are three events to choose from so it’s a true family day out: the main 7k, 4 miles for buggies and wheelchairs (note it is a challenging route for wheelchairs) and 1 mile for under 15s. It’s a great opportunity for a team of friends, family and colleagues to take part together and perfect for a group or workplace challenge. Plus, all finishers will receive a medal from the race organisers and we’ll send you a Mulberry Bush running vest as a thank you for running on behalf of The Mulberry Bush. 

To book, visit and select The Mulberry Bush as your chosen charity


The Limelight Oxford Half Marathon 2021

The LimeLight Sports Club Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday 17th October is a
fast, flat 13.1 mile route that showcases the best of Oxford’s historic city centre.
Run the Oxford Half Marathon and raise money
for The Mulberry Bush!

Date: Sunday 17th October 2021
Time: Starts at 9:30am
Location: Broad Street, Oxford
Registration fee: £15
Sponsorship target: £200

Enjoy running amongst the dreaming spires and the beautiful architecture of this
historic city. This is a fantastic challenge for both beginners and more
experienced runners right in the heart of Oxford. The route will take you past the
most popular landmarks such as the Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian Theatre,
Bodleian Library, as well as many of Oxford University’s world-famous colleges.

To apply for one of our charity places in this run, simply complete this form or contact us at for more information.