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Follow Up Session: Inclusive Practice in Action 2022

Thursday 19 May 2022

4.30pm - 6.30pm

Online via Zoom


Course Leaders: Brenda Rattray and Shahana Knight

This online follow up session will be a chance to touch base, talk, or simply check in, for delegates that have attended our Inclusive Practice In Action 2022 conference, Dancing with the Process of Life: Exploring Mental Health and Wellbeing on Thursday 7 April 2022.

During the session:

Participants will have the opportunity to share something (an experience, a thought, anything they wish…) relating to how IPIA 2022 has affected / impacted on them. Delegates who feel confident to do so, are welcome to share their thoughts directly, during this online session.

If you would prefer to share your experience anonymously: 

We welcome you to send an email directly to Brenda Rattray at Simply include what you would like to share, plus a sentence stating that you prefer to remain anonymous. These anonymous contributions will then be shared with the group by Brenda and Shahana, during the session.

Some questions you may wish to contemplate…

  • What’s your story?
  • What was your experience of Sound Connections Inclusive Practice In Action (IPIA) on mental health and wellbeing?
  • What were you expecting from the event? What happened?
  • Were there any memorable moments for you? What were they?
  • What would you share with work colleagues, friends and family about the day? Are there any particular moments that stand out in your mind?
  • What was your take away? What will you always remember?
  • How was your mental health and wellbeing affected by your ability to attend face to face and be in a ’safe’ ‘held’ space with others?
  • What’s next for you?
  • What can Sound Connections do to assist you further with your mental health and wellbeing journey?

What’s at your root? Remember, it affects your character… Goes out into your branches and manifests in the fruit you bear…


In the spirit of kindness, we are accepting donations for this session.

Suggested donation amount:

£10 – Individuals / freelancers; £20 – Organisations*

*Please donate if you are able to! The suggested amounts are minimum suggestions. Please feel free to give more if you wish to invest in the work that we do.

Due to the nature of this session being inclusive and focused on mental health and wellbeing, we do not wish for cost to present a barrier which prevents anyone from attending.

Brenda Rattray (she/her)

Guest curator for Sound Connections’ Workforce Development Programme and Voice Expressions founder Brenda Rattray is an inspirational facilitator who has toured and worked internationally in over 40 countries. She graduated from Goldsmiths University where she has been an Associate Lecturer since 2003. She has taught expressive voice in all areas of the community from nurseries to high profile psychiatric hospitals and prisons and is an external examiner for Kingston University. Her compositions and arrangements for choirs are published by Faber Music and her book ‘The Joy of Singing’ has been adopted by many choirs internationally. For Women’s Aid she has been a trainer of the Keys to Freedom course for women who suffer domestic violence, achieving an ‘Excellence in Education’ award in 2014 as a result.

Shahana Knight (she/her)

Shahana Knight is the founder and director of TPC therapy Ltd. A mental health service for children and young people. Shahana manages a team of play therapists who work with children in schools, adoption, fostering and homicide. She is also the founder of the ‘Therapeutic Schools Programme’ through which she is working with schools across England to put children’s wellbeing at the core of education. Pioneering a vision for all schools to become therapeutic schools. Her unique approach is making a significant impact and has been recognised by BBC newsround and BBC Teach who have both done features in which Shahana has appeared. Shahana is a finalist in the upcoming Ladies first awards 2020, in both categories ‘inspirational women’ and ‘business entrepreneur’. Shahana writes a regular segment in Head Teachers Update, the national magazine for primary schools, sharing therapeutic teaching ideas and techniques. She is also governor of a primary school and sits on two foster care panels.


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