On Thursday 29th October we held our second membership event at the West Bromwich Albion Football Club. 150 members, staff and exhibitors attended the day which proved to be a huge success. The day was not only the Trust’s second membership event, but it was also targeted for young people – to engage and educate them about our services. There was a ‘healthy’ balance between entertainment and information, including dance mats, a smoothie-making bike, interactive workshop, dancers and talks on self harm, bullying and knife crime.
A range of our services were there on the day including Early Intervention, Substance Misuse, CAMHS and Make A Difference group, as well as other organisations including Rethink, Time to Change, YMCA, West Midlands Police and Sandwell Leisure Trust.
We received various comments from members and exhibitors including:
“Everything worked well, it was a very successful day”
“A great day out, educating and fun!”
“More media awareness of mental health and what support is available”
“Very helpful and informative”
“The event was very well organised and delivered with a range of activities and performances that were both entertaining and informative”
Gail Parry, PPI Manager, who organised the event with Penny Coxon, PPI Officer and Judith Brown, PPI Assistant, said: “We were really pleased with the positive feedback we have received from our members and those displaying.”
The PPI team’s highlight was watching a mother and her three sons, who were recently signed up as members, have a great day made all the better by one of the sons winning the raffle and taking home a football signed by the West Bromwich Albion team.
Thank you to all of those who attended and made the day a great success!