Create your own Starting Over Show
SOS Starting Over Show events allow people who are stuck – to get unstuck
Starting Over Shows® are quarterly events which help people bounce back from relationship break ups and life crises. On the day, we create a safe haven in which visitors can take professional advice to build the confidence and skills needed to go it alone, whether they are going through divorce and break up, facing redundancy, retirement or any other major life change.
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Recent History in the making
The story begins in 2009 when Suzy Miller put on the first ever UK ‘divorce fair’, having borrowed the idea from the ‘world’s first divorce fair’ in Austria. But this event was to have a very different focus from the ‘divorce fairs’ springing up in other parts of Europe. SOS stood for Starting Over Show – an event about Starting Over from divorce in a holistic and empowering way.
The Starting Over Show encouraged a non-adversarial approach to divorce, and no private detectives or DNA testers were allowed to exhibit.
With almost half of all marriages ending in divorce in the UK, Suzy saw that there was no integrated support for those thousands of people going through a life crises that impacts not only on their lives, but also on their children, the wider family and in the workplace (the average cost of stress-related employee absence to UK companies is £600 per employee per year – and divorce is a major cause of stress).
What caught the imagination of the national and international press for that first Starting Over Show event in Brighton was the lively atmosphere, the emphasis on mediation and collaborative law to keep people out of court, and the variety of wellbeing professionals and start-up business opportunities.
The following Wednesday, the entire ‘Pause For Thought’ on the Radio 2 Wogan show by the Reverend Morley focused on the Reverend’s visit to the event, and even Wogan commented that the show was “a good idea”.
Since that first event in 2009, the Starting Over Shows have evolved quickly from a ‘divorce fair’ into a genuine local resource, also empowering visitors who are going through other major life changes such as redundancy or bereavement.
In the following year of 2010 Starting Over Show was collaborating with the Ministry Of Justice in promoting non-adversarial divorce, and helping gain significant media coverage for the Government’s push for couples to use divorce mediation in the Spring of 2011.
The code for free tickets to the London and Brighton events was offered to staff by the following: Worthing Council, Greater London Authority, Sussex Police, The Fire Brigades’ Union, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Cannon UK, BT and Rentokil.
More recent SOS events in Surrey were supported by many key local public institutions and resource providers. It is unlikely that any other local event has had flyers accessible via the Guildford Courts, GP surgeries, public libraries, Citizen’s Advice Bureaus and local charities – all for an event created by a private individual with no charitable or private funding.
Not to mention the sharing of the good news about SOS by the vicars of Surrey, thanks to the support from the Church of England’s Reverend John Gooding through interviews in local radio and press, and his article published in the Surrey diocesan newspaper.“I would encourage churches wanting to widen and deepen their support for people facing relational breakdowns to take a good look at the SOS website for Starting Over Show and to put the next date in the diary…”
The Reverend John Gooding in his diocesan newspaper
The events usually take place on a Thursday evening after work, in a friendly local venue.
If you believe that a quarterly Starting Over Show event, local to you, will benefit all those people starting over from divorce, redundancy, bereavement and life’s other tough stuff, then register by sending me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the short contact form below……