Open Course: Understanding Trauma & Core Principles of Trauma Informed Practice: 5 & 16 July 2024

Trauma Informed Pracitce

Zebra Collective is hosting a 2-session online workshop on Friday 05 July & Tuesday 16 July from 09:15-1pm via MS Teams.


Workshop content:

Session 1. Understanding Trauma: definitions, causes, impacts

This session:

  • defines trauma: establishing clarity on what it means – and what it doesn’t
  • explores the causes, taking a critical look at the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study & looks at attachment, toxic stress & developmental trauma
  • highlights the Other ACEs
  • emphasises the 3 E’s of Trauma
  • introduces & explores the key concept of protective factors
  • introduces the Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF) as a radical approach to understanding emotional distress & well-being which helps create more hopeful understandings of people’s lives, strengths & difficulties that aren’t based on individual psychiatric diagnoses or psychological deficits & has the socio-political analyses of trauma at its heart.

Session 2. Trauma Informed Practice: Core Principles

This session:

  • Introduces Zebra Collective’s 4 Core Elements of Trauma Informed Practice
  • Relationship-based
  • Shift in mindset
  • Strengths-based
  • Bearing witness

If we cancel a session, payments will be refunded or transferred to a future session.

Should you cancel 3+ days before the event, your booking can be rolled over to a future session of your choice. No refunds will be paid.


Community Cancer Champions Project, 2024-27


Plymouth Community Cancer Champions is a 3-year project, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and hosted by Zebra Collective working in collaboration with community partners Age UK Plymouth and the Wolseley Trust Social Prescribing team.


This closely evaluated test and learn project is exploring and testing asset-based community development approaches to supporting people and communities whose cancer outcomes and experiences are known to be the worst because of the unjust and unacceptable barriers they face, such as poverty and discrimination.

Niqui Bond began as the Project Manager in early January 2024, and has spent the 1st quarter setting up the project and recruiting the rest of the Zebra team – a Community Engagement Worker, a Digital Inclusion Worker and a Volunteer Co-ordinator, while Age UK Plymouth has recruited a Community Engagement Worker for older adults and Wolseley Trust a Primary Care Link Worker.

For more information contact Niqui: niqui@zebra.coop

joint Solution-Focused Practice Group: 7 June 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

The joint Solution-Focused Practice Group sessions are for people who have had some training in solution-focused practice, and wish to meet with others to develop their skills.

The sessions, co-facilitated by Guy Shennan and Marc Gardiner, are a continuing professional development opportunity which aims to bring together people committed to working in a solution-focused way to develop skills and build networks. Sessions comprise any one or more of:

  • Teaching
  • skills practice
  • case studies
  • group exercises and discussions
  • SF sessional video footage

– all good opportunities for practitioners to step back from the daily work and reflect, learn and refresh.

Price: £25 + VAT

2024 sessions:
Friday 7 June – book here
Friday 2 August – book here
Friday 4 October – book here
Friday 6 December – book here

If we cancel a session, payments will be refunded or transferred to a future session.

Should you cancel 3+ days before the event, your booking can be rolled over to a future session of your choice. No refunds will be paid.


Zebra takes on Mount Wise Neighbourhood Centre

From 1st April 2024, Zebra holds the lease on the Neighbourhood Centre, a community space familiar to most Mount Wise residents.

We plan to restore the Centre and our hope is that it becomes a much-used space for our community.

We’ve been running our youth club here since March 2023, and some of us have worked out of this building since the 1990s.

We think this should be everyone’s Centre – so we want to know what local people would like to see happening here, and anything you’d like to offer – e.g. volunteering at the children’s and youth sessions or in other ways, starting new groups etc.

We held a Community Day on Saturday 11th May: we were lucky with the sun, and around 200 people came. The children played on the bouncy castle, with the various other outdoor games and in the ball pool in the UV darkroom, while dozens of adults shared their views on the future of the centre and how they’d like to be involved. We’ll be using this wealth of ideas, energy and information to work together with our fellow residents to shape the development of the centre – and as evidence to support bids to secure funding to pay for the developments suggested.

This was the publicity poster:


For more information, contact:

Debbie Freeman 07969 114592 debbie@zebra.coop

Marc Gardiner 07784 950308 marc@zebra.coop

Start of the Cancer Champions programme, Plymouth 2024-27

After years of developing community initiatives in partnership with Macmillan, Zebra is pleased to be hosting this action research programme, exploring an asset-based community development (ABCD) approach to addressing the fact that people living in low income communities tend to have a significantly poorer experience of the cancer journey, from pre-diagnosis through to post-treatment.

Macmillan has designed a large-scale programme to test this approach in selected communities here in Plymouth, beginning in Devonport and Stonehouse. Zebra is leading, and collaborating with Age UK Plymouth and the social prescribing service at Wolseley Trust.

Niqui Bond, until recently a primary school assistant head in Plymouth, began as Project Manager at the start of January. Her 1st three months has been spent setting up the programme, including recruiting the team – 3 with Zebra and one each at Age UK Plymouth & Wolseley.

For more details on this project, email niqui@zebra.coop