Friendly Spider Programme - Schedule and Quotes

Quotes from participants on the Friendly Spider Programme:

  • “It has really changed my life” – Lisa B, 2014
  • “I am telling EVERYONE I meet about the amazing change in my life and have highly recommended it to some arachnophobes that I know” – Alice C, 2014
  • “one of the best things I have ever done!” - Gail B., 2009
  • “…I am free of the phobia and tarantulas fascinate me now” - Jardine K., 2009 (attended FSP 1993)
  • “From the moment I stepped through the doors, I felt I was in a very supportive environment.” - Sylvia R., 2009
  • “It was the most inspiring, amazing day and the staff and volunteers were so patient, kind and understanding.” - Gillian R., 2008
  • “The outcome for me was beyond my wildest hopes.” - Conrad W., 2008
  • “…I was freed from 27 years of phobia in one afternoon!” - Lynsey A., 2009 (attended FSP 2008)
  • “…it’s the best £110 I’ve spent in a long time.” - Jo G., 2009 (attended FSP 2007)
  • “My husband says, you've transformed our lives” - Judith H., 2009 (attended FSP 2007)

Schedule of Events for the Friendly Spider Programme:

  • 2.30-2.50 pm - Arrival of participants. Zoological Society of London Meeting Rooms.
  • 3.00 pm - What are we afraid of? How phobias become stuck in our subconscious mind. Group discussion with John Clifford.
  • 3.50 pm - Everything you ever wanted to know about spiders but were afraid to ask. Lecture and Q & A session presented by Dave Clarke of the Invertebrate Conservation Unit.
  • 4.30 pm - Break. Beverages and biscuits served in the lobby.
  • 4.50 pm - Group Hypnosis.
  • 5.30 pm - Visit to the BUGS! exhibit, to see spiders on display.
  • 5.45-6.30pm - Meeting with British spiders, training in catch-up and presentation of Certificate of Completion.
    + Optional chance to meet Polly and friends, the Mexican red kneed spiders.
  • 6.30-7.00 pm - Programme finishes.