Autumn Big Weekend 2018!
We had an amazing time in Southampton at our Autumn Big Weekend!
The conference included presentations from each of our branches about their projects that took place over summer 2018 and their plans for the coming year.
Members attended role networking and branch planning - a great opportunity for everyone to meet each other, learn from others’ experiences and plan the year’s work.
We held two sets of “Training Tracks”, where attendees could choose which workshop they went to: from Intervention Development to Leadership and Teamwork, Treasury to Advanced Training in Global Mental Health.
Our Keynote speech was delivered by Professor Sabu S Padmadas Associate Dean (International) and Professor or Demography and Global Health at Southampton University. His highly engaging and interesting speech explored his time involved in research concerning China’s One Child Policy, and involved some incredible graphics to show demographic data.
Our National Global Health Lead Chaitra ran an interesting Global Health Workshop on the impact of conflict on health.
The National Committee Plenary run by National Coordinator Sarah Hopkins-Weaver focused on how SKIP member’s could contribute to activities that would help the charity to develop and grow, whilst the Trustee Plenary by Trustee Chair Natalie Cook explored how SKIP could reduce its impact on the environment.
During the Branch Brainy Bits our members learnt from the branches themselves on topics that can be trickier to navigate in SKIP, with SKIP UCL giving us advice on research potential NGO’s to collaborate with, SKIP Glasgow explaining their experiences during sustainable Withdrawal of a SKIP project, and SKIP St George’s delivering Hints and Tips for recruiting and motivating a committee during rocky times.
Our National Publicity Coordinator Elle launched the new SKIP YouTube channel by creating a short, fun video or a marshmallow-based, SKIP-related game!
On the Saturday evening, we all had a fantastic meal and put our general knowledge to the test in a pub quiz! Of course, fancy dress completed the night, with each branch dressing as an animal from their project country!
Everyone had a fantastic time and we look forward to seeing our members at the Spring Big Weekend in Glasgow!