Owing to current affairs, the circles are being held online via Zoom.
Please download the app and register by visiting the Connect With Us page and completing and submitting the form.
Please be sure to include which circle you would like to attend and the date.
We run a trio of monthly community Livity Circles which are discussion groups aimed at black men and women.
Each circle has a slightly different purpose but the format is the same; a short meditation, introductions, group generated topical discussion and a closing meditation.
Each circle provides an opportunity to share our knowledge, wisdom and experiences, learn from each other, laugh together, network socially and professionally, connect as a community, heal personally and collectively, meet new people or get to know people in our network and gain insight and perspective.
The circles are ticketed to encourage people to commit, track attendance, minimise money handling on both parts and support black business. Please visit www.jus-tickets.com and search 'circle' or click on the dates in the Upcoming Circle section.
A discussion group for black women to share, learn, laugh relate, network and connect in a welcoming and non judgemental space. The circle provides an opportunity for women to share positive feminine energy and cultivate sisterhood.
A discussion group for black men to define manhood, hold each other accountable and cultivate brotherhood through constructive, topical discussion. The circle provides an opportunity for men to express themselves freely.
A discussion group for black men and women to bridge the gap between the sexes and cultivate community. The circle provides an opportunity for us to learn about each other from each other and dispel some of the mistruths we hold about each other.
Sistar Circle - 1st September2020
Brother Circle - 8th September 2020
Brother & Sistar Circle - 15th September 2020
Parenting Circle - 22nd September 2020
Mingle Circle - 29th September 2020
(The Mingle Circle is a ticket only event GET TICKETS)
"It was like therapy, I needed that"
"I left with new found confidence"
"I didn't feel judged. I learned so much, including how to deal with negative aspects of my personality"
"Great place to talk, meet friends and have a laugh"
"I'm coming back for the happy vibes"
"Fun, thought provoking and relevant"
"Its about fellowship and encouragement"
"Positive and fluent discussion. I was able to express thoughts I had this week"
"A place to have open conversations about every and anything"
"Come and experience it for yourself"
"It is healthy for people to speak on social subjects. Very good and insightful"
"Come and support the circle to give and learn something"
"A place to ask questions and talk freely"
"A place to discuss thoughts and ideas"
"Come and share with an open mind"
"Worth the trip. Glad I came"
Why did you start the circles?
With the saying "Be the change you want to see" resounding in my head, I decided to start running discussion groups. The Livity Circles provide an opportunity for open and constructive discussion in a non judgemental and welcoming space
Many women do not have positive relationships with other women in their family and can be very nonchalant about not having or wanting female friends and so, the platform is there to nurture positive feminine interaction and cultivate sisterhood.
It is often said that men don't talk and they don't have or express (their) feelings. Also, manhood is often defined by women; mothers , sisters, wives. I felt men needed a safe space to express themselves, explore and define manhood, hold each other accountable and cultivate brotherhood.
The Brother & Sistar Circle was started in an attempt to bridge the gap between the sexes. Men and women can sometimes speak very negatively or untruthfully about each other. For our community to thrive, it is essential that we are united and treating each other respectfully whether mother and son, husband and wife, father and daughter, co-parents, colleagues, neighbours, friends or otherwise.
How often are the circles?
There are three circles and each one is held once a month (with a few exceptions).
The Sistar Circle is the FIRST Tuesday of the month
The Brother Circle is the SECOND Tuesday of the month
The Brother & Sistar Circle is the THIRD Tuesday of the month
Where are the circles and what time are they?
The community circles for black men and women are held at
132A Brixton Hill
6pm - 8:30pm
Can I bring my child(ren)?
At the moment we cannot accommodate children owing to the space and the potential distraction from the discussion but it is something we are looking into.
What topics do you discuss?
The topics are group generated and chosen at random on the day. Topics can be a word, statement, question, dilemma, current affair or any other conversation starter. Topics are anonymous unless you claim them.
What if I cant make it on time or every month?
You can join us up until around 7:30pm but please be respectful if you do arrive late. There is no obligation to attend every month though, its always nice when people do come back.
Can I bring someone?
Of course! You are invited to bring a friend or relative for support, company and to add another perspective to the discussion. You may be surprised what you learn about each other.
Why does a woman facilitate the Brother Circle?
Initially I intended to find a man to take over but that has not (yet) happened. Following the success of the Sistar Circle and based on what I know about men in my network and the wider community it was more important to get the circle started. I do not join in the discussion and so far, feedback has been that I do not take away from the male experience.
Can under 18s attend?
15 - 17 year olds are welcome with a chaperone and at their parents' discretion. We advise that chaperone/parents debrief their young person and continue an open dialogue about what they may have heard?