Amazing Experience at GSK Development Training

Team at the Awards

Tawanda Manjoro, Finance and Admin Manager, and Julie Law, Third Age Befriending Manager, have just returned from the GSK Impact Awards and Development Programme in London, part of our prize as a recipient of a GSK Impact Award for 2016.

Julie says:
“The training and all surrounding events took place in and around Cavendish Square in London amidst beautiful buildings and parks and the King’s Fund building itself was a delight. The entire programme for the 3 days was full to overflowing, but was undoubtedly the best training, seminars, and networking opportunities we have ever had the luxury of experiencing.

We were working with 18 colleagues from the 9 other winning organisations, all of who were as thrilled, anxious and keen to learn as Tawanda and I. Everyone was warm, approachable and keen to look at the way each of the organisations work within their area.

The main Programme was led by Dr David Traynor, Lisa Weaks and Allison Trimble, the Impact Awards Development Programme Directors. They facilitated our group discussions and reflective practice and introduced the incredible array of speakers who would be delivering the clinic sessions. The clinic sessions were, without exception, the most stimulating, accessible and relevant workshops any of us had previously experienced.

It is almost impossible to pick out any particular session, from the wonderful Chris Lawrence-Pietroni’s talk on “Framing and Reframing” to the exuberant Rob Salmon’s “Positioning your Organisation using Social Media”, every hour spent was a veritable goldmine of useful information. The other clinics included Evaluation Clinics, Financial Management and the very wonderful “Developing Authority and Personal impact”, led by Amanda Wilsher, who used drama to look at each person’s presentation style and let us have a lot of fun.

Whilst each day was long and arduous, the whole team at GSK and The King’s Fund worked tirelessly to allow us to take full advantage of all the collective brains, knowledge and experience that they had brought together for us to take full advantage of. And we are eternally grateful to the wonderfully efficient Mandy McKinnon for her superb organising and ensuring we were excellently catered for.

The Award Ceremony itself was outstanding. Organised and facilitated by the wonderful Katie Pinnock of GSK, it took place in the London Science Museum, which was closed to the public and opened just for the Ceremony. Around 400 guests for the evening included captains of Industry, heads of Funding bodies such as Comic Relief, politicians from Westminster and so many people of influence that they are too many and varied to list. GSK had designed a special Impact Award cocktail and the champagne was flowing. Our own David McClements and Jenny Lim joined us for the evening. To see the individual films showing FDAMH and the other organisations in the Imax Cinema in the Science Museum was wonderful, though slightly disconcerting to see an image of your own face writ 20ft high. I have to say that they showed FDAMH well, and our lovely building looked as welcoming and friendly as it is in real life! (You can view the film here.

Tawanda and I, and indeed all at FDAMH are hugely grateful for this wonderful experience and we are working on an organisational “to do list” as we speak.

Heartfelt thanks to GSK and The King’s Fund, especially Dr David Traynor , Mandy McKinnon and Allison Trimble, for making this one of the most useful and enjoyable experiences we have been lucky enough to been given.”

17/05/2016 at 10:42 am