York Pop Up Public Living Room

Camerados in York are opening a Pop-Up Public Living Room in Spark on 7th & 8th July. A space to be more human, with no agenda or fixing.

A Pop-Up Camerados Public Living Room is opening in Spark on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th of July. Part of a network of Public Living Rooms across the country, open to everyone and set up by local people who are part of the Camerados movement. Camerados believe that we can get through tough times better, by looking out for each other in a more human way. 


This Living Room came about as part of the Systems Changers Programme which is facilitated in York by the Multiple Complex Needs Network. This programme has been keen to break down the barriers of ‘us’ and ‘them’, treat one another as equal humans, all with individual needs but also the ability to provide something to others. 


Hilary Conroy from the Systems Changers Programme says:

“We wanted to create somewhere for everyone to get together, where there were no lanyards or referrals, just people in a room, connecting. And then we came across Camerados and we knew we had found a wider connection to like-minded people all over the world!” 


Public Living Rooms are human spaces for folk to be alongside each other during the good times and the tough. They are places to meet new people, have a chat and a cuppa with no agendas and no fixing. 


Camerados is a growing movement of people from Baltimore to Blackpool who look out for each other in person and online. Anyone can be a camerado, it’s a behaviour thing. Being a camerado is about how you live on a daily basis and it’s based on six principles that help folk be alongside each other and get through tough times.


Camerados founder, Maff Potts believes that, “The public realm is divided into two types of places: places that sell you stuff and places that fix you. What if there was an agenda-free, no outcomes place where you had permission to be rubbish? It’s amazing what happens when you come in without the intention of trying to fix people. People often have the answers themselves.” 


The first Public Living Room was set up in Sheffield in 2016. Since then folk have been setting them up in their communities across the UK and the world. From hospitals to universities, from prisons to libraries and community centres to cafes. Over this time, thousands of people have benefitted from connecting and looking out for each other.   


Notes to editor


  • Camerados Press enquiries: Mabel Smith –  mabel@camerados.org 
  • For more about Camerados visit: www.camerados.org 
  • The Camerados movement was founded by Maff Potts in 2015. Maff spent 20 years as CEO of a number of charities and housing associations and rewrote the UK government’s policy for homeless centres. He now believes that real social change comes from social movements. Maff is available for interviews, contact: office@camerados.org  
  • Maff’s bio, photos, stories from the movement and a potted history of Camerados are available here
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