AGM 2014 – it was certainly different.

Shropshire Disability Network-Annual General Meeting 2014-it was certainly different.

We held our AGM on Thursday 18th September 2014 & it was certainly different to those held in the past. So wha2014-09-18 17.12.15 (2)t could be so different after all AGM’s are AGM’s- full of reports, run of the mill stuff and so boring to many people that they don’t attend unless they have a vested interest in taking up a key role or have another reason for attending!

Well Shropshire Disability Network made this years AGM something to remember by doing all the necessary business but with a difference. Not only did we welcome one “keynote” speaker namely Sue Bott CBE-Disability Rights UK but we invited SID (Shropshire Inclusive Dance) to do a presentation & show a short film about what they do.

Different it certainly was. “Inspiring” yes but really not the right word to convey what they did and they did us proud. What a shame so many missed it. Really the best description was in a tweet by an SDN member “Live performance from brilliant SID, A conversation in Dance between able and disabled folk” It was just that, as you can see from the photographs.  Thank You SID & thank you to Jim Hawkins for taking these photographs for us.

Then there was Sue Bott CBE with her Guide Dog Faith who journeyed from London back to her home town of Shrewsbury to give a talk about her career path and how She came to be working for Disability Rights UK. Sue brought much humour into her talk and we thank her, for speaking our language, showing great understanding for those with a disability & how they are being affected by the changes by Welfare Reforms. (more on Sue’s talk coming soon)

So you missed this one, now you don’t miss our next meeting on Thursday 11th December 2014 10.30 am for 11 am start end by 1pm at the Education Centre, AFC Telford, Watling St, Wellington, Telford TF1 2TU (Guests welcome) Guest speakers will be Debbie Gibbon Carers Service Manager from Carers Contact Centre at Telford & Kate Ballinger Manager at  Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin. Christmas Raffle. Tea/Coffee, Cake & biscuits and who knows what other surprises. So we think you should note this in your diary now & join us at this meeting.

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