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The Big Get Together certainly lived up to its name

Created on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
by Steve Atkin

Last Thursday’s Big Get Together at the Quad was one of the biggest events we’ve organised at Derwent Living in recent times. As I squeezed around the packed out cinema and arts centre taking photos, I got a feeling that people were coming together. Customers were making new friends, talking with Derwent Living colleagues and meeting representatives from our partner organisations. There was a real buzz around the place and it was quite satisfying to see all of the planning work we had done pay off.Nearly 150 customers attended the event. Another 30 watched a live web broadcast, something which we hadn’t done before but which allowed us to reach customers who weren’t able to be there on the night. In case you’re wondering the broadcast is still available and can be found here in true watch again iPlayer style.

We produced a four minute feature especially for the event entitled ‘Six points of view’. The film, which was shown on the big screen, documented six residents’ experiences of Derwent Living and highlighted their views and opinions. I can’t thank those who agreed to be filmed enough for giving us their time and letting us into their homes and sharing their stories. Hopefully we managed to get their messages across – initial feedback certainly suggests we did.

You can see the film on our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/derwentliving or watch the embedded version below.

I want to thank everyone for coming last week and hope that you enjoyed being there as much as we enjoyed planning and delivering it. If you couldn’t come along, we look forward to hopefully seeing you next year. Which brings me to a question – what would you like to see from next years AGM? What would you change and what would you like to see more of? We also welcome any comments or feedback you have – please feel free to leave a comment.

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