Plymouth City Roller Derby

Zebra are delighted to be part-sponsoring the upcoming match of Plymouth City Roller Derby on Sunday 2nd February at the Marjons sport centre. Come along and enjoy the buzz and excitement.

Plymouth City Roller Derby (PCRD) started in Plymouth in 2010 by a small group of local women interested in joining the growing number of teams across the UK and worldwide.

Roller Derby is a sport started in the late 1920s but had a revival traced back to the Riot Girl movement in Austin, Texas in 2001. It creates a unique space, largely for women to learn and compete. It is a full body contact sport played on quad roller skates. It’s fast paced, embodies athleticism, body positivity, competition, camaraderie and skill. It also has a lot of style, with rock, punk and alternative music inspired dress and attitude throughout.

PCRD is an inclusive place for all gender identities, backgrounds and abilities. Players are supported by many volunteers, supporters and referees (affectionately called zebras ) and safety has a high priority. Every match must comply with the UKRDA standards and involve highly trained referees, paramedics with top equipment and non – skating officials who uphold the rules.

That said, there is a strong DIY punk culture, and a subcultural set of values where leagues are owned and operated by themselves. PCRD self organises, has an active democratic committee and strongly values participation, equality and inclusion of all. It is an incredibly empowering and encouraging sport. It’s more than a sport, for many needing a physical release, experiencing poor mental health or seeking an alternative place to build friendships and support, PCRD itself is a unique space.

PCRD is a CIC has often campaigned and fundraised for local charities as well as attending many plymouth events, often the less mainstream ones such as Plymouth Pride, reclaim the night and local domestic abuse and sexual violence fundraisers.

In the last few years, some of our most experienced players have naturally moved on. We are currently recruiting and we are entering the British Champs and starting back at the bottom to build our team again. To do this, we must host a game and travel to others across the UK. Our first game is coming up really soon on Sunday 2nd February at the  Marjons sport centre.

Zebra’s Day in Dublin and Radical Social Work

The Zebra learnt a lot from our day with the Irish Association of Social Workers Advocates and Allies Conference in Dublin. We were invited to speak on a topic on the theme of relationship-based social work, and chose to introduce Hilary Cottam’s work as presented in her recent book Radical Help, to provoke thought and see if it contains clues and possibilities for social workers in 2019.

Also speaking were: Michael, a Dublin man who’s benefitted from the work of some of the social workers present, about what he found most helpful; Vasilios Ioakimidis, Prof of Social Work at Essex Uni, on lessons from the history of social work; and Guy Shennan on “radical hope” and the Solution-Focused Collective.

The day was designed such that most of the time the delegates were talking in smaller groups, perhaps stimulated by the presentations, and taking their conversations wherever they went.

The closing plenary discussion was rigorous and balanced awareness of the constraints under which professional social work teams operate in 2019, with plenty of energy for thinking and operating beyond these constraints.

Guy and Zebra are wondering if there might be appetite for us to return offering solution-focused training.

Wellbeing in Nature – a social prescribing project

The WIN project has just completed its first six week programme in partnership with @fotonow and working with participants from @thezoneplymouth’s Insight team. 10 participants took part in a blend of #greenwoodcraft, bushcraft, #forestbathing, photography and sound recording activities in 40-acres of semi-ancient woodland in Cornwall and creative workshops at @fotonow’s Ocean Studios.

Longer slideshow:  CLICK HERE

One minute slideshow with sound: CLICK HERE


Two soundscapes-” Life is Good but the World is Angry” and “Hammock Time”: CLICK HERE

Wellbeing in Nature is a social prescribing project designed to facilitate the opportunity for groups of people to improve their health and wellbeing by coming together on a programme of nature-based activities.

The project is a collaboration between the Zebra Collective, Fotonow CIC and Greenwood Music CIC and funded by the Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme.

There are ten places per programme, with the Spring programme starting in June and the Autumn programme starting in September. Project starts on Thursday 13th June 2019

Wellbeing in Nature is informed by robust and extensive research about factors that can improve wellbeing and the cathartic experience of engaging with and within nature. The project is built around the Five Ways to Wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

Wellbeing in Nature is looking for participants who want to improve their wellbeing through a progressive programme that will allow them to connect with each other and nature; be active in the outdoors; learn new skills, such as bushcraft. greenwood craft, photography; take notice and practice mindfulness and  give through conservation work and supporting each other.

Participants will help design the workshops and the programme will start with an engagement and planning workshop.

The outdoor nature workshops will take place in Caradon Woods, a 40-acre semi-ancient Woodland Trust site managed by Greenwood Music.  Running alongside this participants will take part in media and photography workshops with Fotonow CIC at their Ocean Studios facility.

Over the course of the programme, participants will take part in woodland wellbeing workshops whilst capturing their experience using the media skills developed with Fotonow. At the end of the programme, Fotonow will support participants to ‘tell their story’ through video, photography and/or sound.

This is a fantastic opportunity for people to boost their wellbeing and thanks to the Big Lottery funding it will be completely free to all, including transport to the woods and a lunch cooked on the open fire whilst there.

“This project provides people with an opportunity to build their wellbeing and resilience through taking part in experiential workshops in nature and exciting media workshops. They will shape their journey and inform how the project develops to better offer a social prescription to the natural health service.”

Aydin Boyacigiller, Wellbeing in Nature Project Manager, The Zebra Collective

For more information contact: Tel: 07919 172804 email: