About

The Champernowne Trust, a mental health and educational charity, now a charitable company limited by guarantee, was founded in 1969 by the late Irene Champernowne.  It was established to promote emotional health through Jungian Psychotherapy and the Creative Arts, building on the pioneering work developed at Withymead, the therapeutic community she ran in Devon during the 1940s and 50s.

The current trustees are - Pam Stirling (Chair), Tom Lindsay (Secretary), Robert Vowles( Treasurer),  Sue Bulmer, Philippa Campbell, Michael Vizard, Jane Mayers, Michael Gavin, Lindsey Harris, Tamsin Edwards, Dr David Cook, Kelly Jayne, Paula Robertson

The  Champernowne Trust  has two primary objectives.

The Trust's first objective is the provision of assistance to people in need of psychotherapy but whose financial resources are limited.

The Trust has a selected panel of therapists, who have agreed to work for set fees, through whom the scheme operates.  Normally help is provided by the Trust paying part of fee for each session.  These payments are made as a gift to the patient. After therapy people are invited to make a donation equivalent to the gift they have received.  These donations can then be used to help others.

At present the resources available for this aspect of our work are fully committed, with no prospect of immediate vacancies.

The second objective is the sponsorship of special courses and events for therapists and others in the helping professions. These courses provide opportunities to explore creative and innovative aspects of Jungian psychotherapy.

The week-long Annual Summer Course,  sponsored and underwritten by the Champernowne Trust, was held every year since 1972 until 2012.  The programme has included: formal lectures, arts workshops and discussions, contributing to an exploration of practical, creative and inspirational applications of Jungian psychology in personal and professional life.  The course encourages personal and professional development by linking creative and psychological aspects of change.  It is based on the premise that problem solving and innovation, whether in the arts, sciences or therapy, demands the cultivation of insight, enterprise and imagination.

The Course has a broadly Jungian/archetypal ethos, but without dogmatism or evangelism.

In 2012 the Trustees decided that after forty-one years of running the Summer Course there needed to be a break in 2013. The decision was in part an economic one: how could the Trust continue to provide the course in a financially viable way whilst staying true to its original educational terms of reference? The Trustees established an Education Review Group to make a decision on the future of the course. 

The Review Group reported in the summer/autumn of 2013 and the Trustees have accepted its recommendations.  For now the pattern has become one of biennial five-day Summer Courses, as held in 2014 and 2016.  The Trustees are exploring other ways of meeting the continuing need for its courses within its available means.   At present a Summer Course is planned for 2018.

 The Champernowne Trust   A charitable company limited by guarantee                                 Charity No.  1165034     Company No.  9437756