We are excited to invite you to join us for our new programme of work looking at shame and the profound impact it has on how we understand ourselves and our lives.

As part of this work we will be holding a unique series of online conversations with four of our storytellers who have grappled with shame and its power to twist, disconnect and silence us. The conversations will explore their lives and the insights they have gained as they continue to find a way to navigate their relationship with shame.

Through these conversations we offer an opportunity to bring language to what is rarely spoken about as it often lies in a place of secrecy and silence.

In conversation with Anne-Marie Cockburn

7 June 2022

Exploring Anne-Marie’s journey of lifting the veil of shame and reclaiming the truth of who she is as a bereaved mother from the mistruths told by the Media. Read more


In conversation with Angela Findlay

14 June 2022

Angela shares her discoveries of intergenerational shame within her family’s history and questions – whose shame are we carrying? Read more


In conversation with Gethin Jones

21 June 2022

Exploring how different the experience of shame can be for men in prison and how shame can be so enmeshed with trauma that it becomes unrecognisable. Read more


In conversation with Jo Berry

14 July 2022

Jo shares her experiences of being shamed publicly for over 40 years and her reflections on how she continues to make meaning as a resilient act against shame. Read more

There is shame about shame, it remains under taboo…The taboo on shame is so strict…we behave as if shame does not exist.
The Power of Caring

About the host

Sandra Barefoot has worked for over 13 years leading our prison programme RESTORE. Her extensive experience in facilitating group processes exploring trauma and pain led her to question with colleagues the vital place shame plays in how we see ourselves and others.

Sandra’s exploration of shame has led her to understand how vital the place of finding a new language to be able to explicitly speak of shame. In hosting these conversations, she hopes to explore the complexity of how this language shapes itself within our lives and provides us with the ability to strengthen our resilience from shame.

New research and training opportunities

For those who have a professional interest in the subject of shame, this series accompanies the launch of new research exploring the impact of shame on women with lived experience of prison. This will take place on at 11.30 – 13.00 BST on Thursday, 26 May 2022.

We will also be offering training exploring Shame Resilience Theory and ways to develop a shame resilience informed approach within the context of your work.

This work developed out of our prison programme RESTORE where we witnessed how the unrecognised roots of shame are often enmeshed with pain and trauma, causing difficulties to individuals and those around them.

As our newly launched research shows, by explicitly naming and finding language for shame, it’s possible to loosen its binds upon the lives of men and women serving in prison.

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