Hospitality & Tourism

‘Coffee morning with a difference’: Nigel to host So Talk wellbeing sessions at Rockwater Branksome

Nigel Kilpatrick, host of So Talk at Rockwater Branksome.

By Daniel Face [email protected]

Published: June 13, 2024 | Updated: 13th June 2024

Nigel Kilpatrick has been named the new host of So Talk – a weekly free-to-attend series of mental health and wellbeing sessions at Rockwater Branksome.

Rockwater logo“I like to describe So Talk as a coffee morning with a difference”, said Nigel.

“It’s an hour in a non-judgmental environment where people have the opportunity to meet and talk about whatever they wish to people who will listen and are open-minded.”

A dedicated charity volunteer, Nigel’s 30-year career has seen him launch tech companies in both the US and UK, lead global teams for major software firms, and provide coaching and mentoring for hundreds of aspiring business leaders.

He’s since founded Compassion in Business, an organisation dedicated to promoting and teaching compassionate leadership, removing toxic work cultures, and providing mental health solutions and frameworks for employees.

Rockwater, Poole

Nigel’s also worked as a listening volunteer for the Samaritans, as well as providing support to the Bournemouth Food Bank and serving as a business mentor at Enterprise Nation.

“I’m honoured to join Rockwater in Branksome and lead the Monday So Talk sessions”, he added.

“Good mental health and wellbeing are crucial aspects of our lives, and through So Talk I’m committed to listening and, if needed, signposting individuals so they can navigate challenges.

“I believe it’s rare to find a business like Rockwater committed to providing wellbeing support such as this in the communities it serves, and I look forward to working with the Rockwater Branksome community to contribute to the ongoing success of So Talk.”

So Talk will continue to offer a free weekly safe space for people to talk, reconnect and listen with Nigel at the helm.

Sophie Corbett launched So Talk four years ago and has been running sessions at Rockwater Hove venue ever since.

“Rockwater is excited to welcome Nigel to the team”, she said.

“I’ve known Nigel for 30 years and was thrilled when he agreed to facilitate So Talk at Branksome.

“His expertise and passion for mental health and wellbeing align perfectly with our aim to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for our community.

“The So Talk initiative in Hove has already welcomed more than 200 people, and this is why we wanted to introduce the concept to our second venue in Branksome.

“The initiative offers a welcoming space for those feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or in need of new friends.

“It’s the perfect place to recharge and make meaningful connections.

“People can engage in uplifting conversations, listen, and share inspiration.

“No themes, no agendas, just authentic connections and genuine camaraderie.”

So Talk is open to everyone and takes place every Monday from 10am to 11am on the Roof Terrace at Rockwater Branksome.

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