ALW had a very successful AGM on 24 Sept 2011 at Community Base. 14 therapists were present, enjoying catching up with one another or, if new to ALW, getting to know others. Our Treasurer presented the financial report and we voted in two of our previous trustees, and since then have added a new trustee to our dedicated team.

We shared our successes from the last year, discussed the values and pitfalls of recent projects as well as visions as to how we would like ALW to move forward. ALW at present receives a lot of mentoring support from NovaScarman Trust as well as the Working Together Project and is definitely on the cusp of new dimensions.

Our brainstorming session was very rewarding as it highlighted what therapists really appreciate about ALW and where and how they want to work within our team. Here’s what they said they appreciate the most:

  • ALW is a platform to raise awareness of therapies and therapists
  • The support and supervision that ALW offers to therapists
  • ALW gives access to treatments to those who are really in need and cannot afford them otherwise
  • Being part of a community of therapists as well as a larger community of people who are in need of what we offer
  • The opportunity to learn from each other and receive feedback
  • Working as a team rather than an individual
  • The collective identity and the professional credibility that comes with this
  • The variety of work available through the community projects and the challenge of working with clients who are challenging in terms of their health needs
  • Satisfaction of being part of a project that makes a real difference to people

The wish list of the kind of work that therapists wanted to venture out to do included:

  • Work at the Children’s Hospital
  • Mothers and babies
  • pregnancy
  • Work with respiratory problems
  • Depression
  • Mental Health
  • Stress
  • Community Centres
  • 4-6 month projects
  • one-day pamper days
  • old people’s homes
  • projects with men
  • voices in exile/asylum seekers
  • victims of torture/trauma
  • war victims

It looks like there will be exciting and challenging times ahead!

The day was rounded off with a relaxing and uplifting session of Biodanza gifted to us by Helen Mills, and a delicious lunch in the lovely company of a lovely bunch of people.

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One Comment

  1. Helen Natasha Moore
    Posted October 21, 2011 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    I am sad to have missed this. I shall try not to be spending a month in London during our next AGM …

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