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A day of talks and socialising for the non-monogamous community

POLYDAY 2016

8 October

London, UK

A one-day event for everyone who knows that happy, healthy and honest relationships don’t have to be monogamous, Polyday combines a day of discussions, evening entertainment and social space to give you a chance to meet like-minded people, to build our community and to celebrate its diversity.

At Polyday you’ll meet a wide variety of people who all have different answers to a range of different questions, but who all want to explore the possibilities for happy, healthy and honest non-monogamous relationships.

There will be talks and discussion groups throughout the day, followed by an evening of entertainment and socialising.

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Add to My Calendar 2016-10-08 9:30:00 2016-10-08 23:00:00 Europe/London Polyday London 2016 A one-day event for everyone who knows that happy, healthy and honest relationships don’t have to be monogamous. Wilditch Community Centre. 48 Culvert Road, London, SW11 5BB

WHAT’S ON

Doors open at 9.30 am, with a Welcome session at 10:15 . Workshops begin at 10.30am.

Discussion and workshop sessions will be held throughout the day, with breaks in between, and social space will be available throughout the event.

Entertainment and social space in the evening until 10:30 pm.

Download the schedule as a PDF here.

Doors Open

9:30

Welcome

Some predictable announcements, some exciting ones and a great big welcome for everyone from the organisers!

10:15

Poly 101

An introduction to polyamory for everyone just starting out on the road to ethical non-monogamy. If you’re new to polyamory this is for you. We will probably cover common problems you might encounter, ways to start, what style might make you happiest, strange new words and how not to mess up.

Facilitated by Charlotte Davies

10:30 - 11:40

Poly Parenting

Come join in with a sincere group discussion around the challenges and joys of parenting within poly families. 
Bring your own experiences, advice, questions and qualms around this much needed and sensitively addressed topic.

Facilitated by DK Green

11:55 - 13:05

Lunch Break

You can bring your own packed meal (no facilities for heating or keeping cool) or purchase something from the many shops in the area. All food consumed on site, must be done so inside the venue.

13:05 - 14:45

Poly & Mental Health

Though it is often an avoided subject and sometimes particularly within diverse communities, here we will discuss mental health in regard to polyamory. 
Bring your own experiences, advice, questions and qualms around this much needed and sensitively addressed topic.

Facilitated by DK Green

14:45 - 15:55

Relationship Models in Non-Monogamy

While it is true that there is no single way to do non-monogamy right, there are many ways of doing it wrong, notably when people try to fit relationships instead of developing relationships that fit them.

This workshop will look at the different ways that people fall in love and develop sexual attraction (or don’t) as the start of a process of self-discovery to help participants understand which relationship model (from monogamy to relationship anarchy, passing through numerous forms of non-monogamy) better fits the way they work.

Facilitated by Marcos

16:10 - 17:20

Communication Styles

Communication, communication, communication is the poly mantra. However, people communicate using very different styles, which means that sometimes communicating more is not actually helpful.

In this session we’ll instead look at how to communicate differently, so that you can understand others and they can understand you. Victoria will take us through different communication models taken from several disciplines so you can get clearer on what your communication preferences are and how and when to adapt your style to communicate with others.

Facilitated by Victoria Rosa

17:35 - 18:45

Thanks

Just a quick word from the organisers before what will be our dinner break for some, and home time for others. Don’t worry, we’ll all be ready for a break by then so it won’t take long.

18:50 - 19:00

Dinner Break

19:00 - 20:00

Disco

Stretch your legs with some cheesy 80’s disco tunes. You can bring your own drinks.

20:00 - 22:30

Wrap Up / Clean Up / Put Away

22:30

Lights Out: Let’s Go Home (or the Pub for those so inclined)

23:00

Doors Open

9:30

Welcome

Some predictable announcements, some exciting ones and a great big welcome for everyone from the organisers!

10:15

Poly 201

A more detailed look at living as a polyamorous person, for everyone who’s been doing this for a little while. We’ll be discussing some of the ins and out of practicing polyamory in the long term, and you are welcome to share your own experiences too.

Facilitated by Angus

10:30 - 11:40

Poly, Kink & Disability

This will be a talk followed by a discussion, and will explore how physical disability impacts sex, sexuality and relationships. Starting from personal experiences, Luke will talk about the interplay between disability and body confidence, how society and media desexualises disabled people, and the challenges disabled people face in finding and starting relationships. There will then be time for people to share stories and ask advice, particularly related to finding new relationships as a disabled person, and how able-bodied people can support their partners without becoming a de-facto carer.

Facilitated by Luke Phoenix

11:55 - 13:05

Lunch Break

You can bring your own packed meal (no facilities for heating or keeping cool) or purchase something from the many shops in the area. All food consumed on site, must be done so inside the venue.

13:05 - 14:45

Sexual Health in Non-Monogamous Relationships

A General How-to: an informative talk focused on communication about sexual health, issues of shame or vulnerability around STI’s, and discussing boundaries and desires with new and old partners. We will include additional resources for those who would like more technical details.

Facilitated by Jen Hazel

14:45 - 15:55

Ask Poly

A general Question and Answer Session about all things poly with our panel. Ask those questions you’d never dared to ask before and bring your own experiences and advice for others.

Facilitated by Nita/Eunice/Angus/Charlotte/Conaire

16:10 - 17:20

Active and Interactive Poly Media

Want to see how you connect into the polycule?  Come talk to the creator of polycule.co.uk & watch the polycule grow.

Are you a blogger? Tweeter? Podcaster? Youtuber? Author? Want to start? Come meet others who are already involved in creating their own poly media. Share those creative juices and ideas for new ways to spread the word about Polyamory. Maybe even take part in this year’s podcast!

Facilitated by Conaire/Sarah Baldock/Jonty

17:35 - 18:45

Thanks

Just a quick word from the organisers before what will be our dinner break for some, and home time for others. Don’t worry, we’ll all be ready for a break by then so it won’t take long.

18:50 - 19:00

Dinner Break

19:00 - 20:00

Board Games

Join in some games, or just spend time chatting and hanging out with some new friends. You can bring your own drinks.

20:00 - 22:30

Wrap Up / Clean Up / Put Away

22:30

Lights Out: Let’s Go Home (or the Pub for those so inclined)

23:00

POLYDAY 2015 PODCAST

Over the dinner break at Polyday 2015 we asked people to answer just one question:

“What would you like the world to know about polyamory?”

We got some great responses. Here is the result.

PRICING

Polyday is a non-profit event run by volunteers.

Full price on the door
£20
Only full price tickets available on the door, no concessions
Early Bird price
£15.50
plus Eventbrite fees for tickets bought
before 6pm on Friday 7 October 2016
Concessions
£11
plus Eventbrite fees for tickets bought
before 6pm on Friday 7 October 2016
Concessions available for people receiving benefits, full-time students, OAPs, low waged and children 6-17 years.
Angel
£26.50
plus Eventbrite fees for tickets bought
before 6pm on Friday 7 October 2016
This gives you one ticket for you to use, and donates one to the Angel Fund, which enables a person who couldn’t otherwise afford a ticket to come.

If you need assistance to attend, please fill in this form to request aid through the Angel Fund.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What time does the day start?

Doors open at 9:30. Greetings and housekeeping will take place at 10:15 and the first sessions start at 10:30.

 Can I get food at the venue? Are refreshments available?

There are shops/pubs/cafes in the area, so we won’t have catering on offer this time.

There will be teas and coffee and a few snacks available to purchase for a small contribution. You may bring your own picnic if you want.

How do I get an evening ticket?

Evening tickets will be available on the door from 19:00. They cost £10.

What tickets are available on the door?

Day tickets (£20) are available on the door. Please note that we cannot offer concessions on the day.

Evening tickets will be available on the door from 19:00.

Can I bring children?

Yes. Children under 12 pay £10 (available at the door only). Children under 5 can come in for free.

Please note that there will be no childcare service. Children must be accompanied at all times by an adult. Sessions suitable only for those over 18 will be flagged.

Can I sponsor Poliday?

We are not in a position to consider sponsorship for this year’s Polyday, but please do get in touch from November to discuss sponsorship possibilities for the 2017 event.

I am writing and article/making a documentary on polyamory. Can I attend?

People working in the media are welcome to attend Polyday by purchasing a ticket and requesting a “Press Badge”. Please do so through our contact form.

Can I bring/pass out flyers for my business/event?

You can bring flyers, which we will place on a table for that purpose.

Who would I contact if I want to volunteer?

Thank you for volunteering! Polyday wouldn’t be possible without the support of people like you.

Please fill the contact form to volunteer.

Is the venue accessible?

Please check our accesibility section. More information on the accessibility of the venue can be find in the DisabledGo website.

What is the nearest train station?

Battersea Park is the nearest suburban rail station.

Clapham Junction is about 12 minutes away by public transport.

THE VENUE

Wilditch Community Centre

Wilditch Community Centre
48 Culvert Rd, Battersea
London SW11 5BB

ACCESSIBILITY

We work to make Polyday as accessible as possible.

Venue Accesibility Details

Here are the venue details as according to DisabledGo.

Before the event

If you have a disability or other access need (eg mobility issue, sensory impairment, mental health need, learning disability/difficulty) please get in touch as early as possible.

If you are coming to Polyday with your own support/personal assistant/carer you will not be expected to pay for them to attend to support you.

On the day

Seating should be available throughout the day, as will refreshments.

If you are having problems on the day, please ask one of the many volunteer helpers for assistance, don’t stay silent – it may be that we can solve any problem on the spot, and if not it’s useful to help us run future events.

SEND US A MESSAGE

If you have any questions about the event, please contact us using the form below.






HELP US OUT

Thanks for any help you can give. Polyday is all about the people who come. Help us attract a big, diverse crowd and the day will be all the better.

Volunteer

We are always looking for people who are planning to attend and would like to help us out by volunteering.

Please get in touch and remember to specify whether you’re happy to do daytime, evening, or both/either. Also, please indicate whether you’d be able to offer to cover more than one slot.

Spread the word on your network

Please mention Polyday in your blog or website, and link to our website.

Please mention us in communities or mailing lists you’re a member of where you think it’s appropriate too.

Tweet about us (#polyday), and invite people to our Facebook event!

Distribute flyers

Can you distribute flyers for us where interested people might be? Get in touch through the form and we can send you some of our A6 colour flyers.

You can also download a pdf here.

CODE OF CONDUCT

To help make Polyday enjoyable for everyone who attends, we’ve drawn up this code of conduct.

General
  • No smoking inside at Polyday – this is the law.
  • Party responsibly; try to avoid getting too drunk or too dehydrated.
Consent
  • No means no: if someone asks you to leave them alone, please do so immediately.
  • No one at Polyday should be put under any pressure to join in with anything they don’t want to.
  • Hugs and touches can be great, but not everybody wants them. Don’t invade personal space unless you are invited to. A useful phrase is ‘Would you like a hug?’.
  • Polyday is not a fetish club or a sex club; please keep any behaviour legal, and generally within the bounds of what’s acceptable in public.
  • If you’re getting unwanted attention from someone, you can tell the desk or workshop facilitator, and we will politely tell them to stop. We’re happy to do so even if you haven’t asked them to stop since that’s not always easy to do.
Privacy
  • We love photographs, but please only photograph, film, or record people with their express consent, and say if and where any recording or photograph will be used.
  • Keep what is said in workshops confidential. If you discuss a workshop, whether in conversation, in a blog entry, or elsewhere, don’t identify any participants without their permission.
  • When discussing attenders more generally, please use the name on their name badge.
  • Please respect the privacy of others generally.
Press
  • People from the media can attend Polyday by purchasing a ticket and requesting a “Press Badge” that they must wear at all times.
  • No filming, recording or photographing can take place during workshops. Participants can only be filmed, photographed or interviewed if they are adults and give express consent.

 

If you have any problems, questions or comments, or notice anything that concerns you, please talk to the staff on the registration desk.

Should we find it necessary to ask a Polyday attender to leave for the safety or wellbeing of others, no refund will be offered.

MEET, DISCUSS AND CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY OF THE NON-MONOGAMOUS COMMUNITY

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