The inspiration for Frazzled Cafe came from our founder and patron Ruby Wax’s experiences during her best-selling book and theatre tours. Ruby encountered thousands of people looking to connect and share their stories and whenever she asked her audiences if they wanted a chance to speak, they always did.
Ruby sensed the real need for a place where people could connect with peer-to-peer support to help cope with the overwhelming stresses of modern life and this is what motivated her to create Frazzled Cafe.
Frazzled Cafe meetings provide a ‘talk-in’ place where people who are feeling frazzled can meet fortnightly to talk and share their personal stories in a safe, anonymous and non-judgmental environment – a place where it’s ok, to not be ok.
In line with government guidance we have placed our ‘in person’ meetings held in Marks and Spencer and other partner venues on hold. In their place we will be offering online virtual meetings typically lasting 60 minutes. These will take the format of both larger group forums (up to 50 people) hosted by Ruby Wax, and smaller regular meetings hosted by trained Frazzled Cafe Facilitators that mirror our existing model with a maximum of 12 attendees to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to contribute, if they want to.
Frazzled Cafe meetings are not about therapy or offering solutions. They provide a safe and confidential space where people can simply speak openly without worrying about judgement amongst a group of peers who understand how it feels to be frazzled. What is said in the meetings stays in the meetings and there is never a need to answer “fine” if asked “how are you?”