Our National Lottery Community Fund-Wales funded M.E/C.F.S training day was 3 weeks ago and, now that the dust has settled, we can safely say that it was a resounding success! It was 3 years in the making after our plans for face-to-face training were shelved during the first 3 years of the pandemic but when we did it…it was excellent and very well received.
Firstly, thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to help make the day as good as it could be: Kat Gower (Volunteer/guest speaker), Peter Gillard (ME Sig representative/guest speaker), Shauna Chambers (guest speaker), Megan Nelson and Margaux Contant videographers – Aura Ads who very generously gave us their staff for the day to film a pro-bono video for us (see above), Jonathan Cane, a BA Photography student from Cardiff Metropolitan University who was our event photographer, and Ian Thomas who drove us to Cardiff and was our ‘welcomer’ as learners arrived.
We must give a huge shout out to Anna Carter-Windle, of AL Training Solutions, for delivering our training for us. As we have said many times before, our business model is online because we have M.E/C.F.S ourselves and do not have the energy to deliver regular face-to-face training. Anna did an excellent job of converting our online courses into face-to-face format.
It was an absolute pleasure to meet so many new professional people and it was delight to see so many engaged with this subject and our training.
We literally could not have done it without National Lottery Community Fund-Wales funding.
Feedback from learners
“Brilliant resources and fantastic training. Interactive, bringing lived experience to life, evidence based and inclusive. If people have access to the online version I thoroughly recommend”
“Thanks for a great training day.”
“I really enjoyed the M.E./C.F.S. training day”
“I found the training day really informative yesterday and it was really useful to meet in person with people who have an interest in ME/CFS”
“The training was most helpful.”
“Thank you for the training day it was really useful”
“Thank you again for a wonderful day of information and support.”
We thoroughly recommend the venue – The Temple of Peace and Health, Cardiff, to any business or organisation looking to hold a professional event, the staff who helped us to organise the event were friendly and efficient, and reception staff were extremely helpful on the day. It is also a very impressive venue! We started looking for somewhere a little bit different when we went venue-hunting and very quickly came across this gem. It ticks all of our boxes with it being a charity in its own right and the organisation ‘giving back’ to the Welsh community.
Cardiff catering company Earthly Vegan are amazing! One of the hot topics of the day was the food, every single person who attended said it was delicious. Vegan food for all. Set up and removal was all fuss-free and well organised too. Definitely recommend.
This was a pilot to see if it was achievable for us – where next?!
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