Monday 21st December 2015
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Winter 2015
The first National Macmillan Alumni Congress was held in Manchester on 10 September, and started in true Macmillan fashion with a slice of cake to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Macmillan professionals.
Once down to business, the call to action for the former Macmillan postholders was made clear: to help the public gain a better understanding of what Macmillan does. Alumni members were then welcomed by a video message from CEO Lynda Thomas in which she emphasised a desire to see members working together with people who are ‘like you and different from you’.
Keynote speakers included two Alumni Patrons: Heather Tierney-Moore, CEO of the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Bridget Johnston, Professor of Palliative and Supportive Care at the Sue Ryder Centre, Nottingham University. Charles Campion-Smith, Linda Atter and Jan Morrison spoke about their activities so far as Alumni members and the benefits they have experienced.
Alumni members also had the opportunity to participate in workshops covering topics such as coaching skills, making an impact, being a Macmillan Ambassador, speaking about Macmillan, volunteering and using volunteers.
Feedback from the event showed 100% of attendees gained a wider understanding of different projects happening across Macmillan, and 100% felt they took away useful tools and information that they could use. A great launch for the Macmillan Alumni.
‘The thought that went into the event definitely paid off.’ A delegate
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