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Our 26th Annual General Meeting was our most successful one yet! 49 attendees gathered to start a conversation about our mission, hear our latest achievements and celebrate our work!

Highlights included the appointment of a new chief executive, as well as the celebration of our volunteers.

We were honoured with the presence of the Worcester Deputy Mayor – Councillor Steve Mackay, well as Headway UK’s Dave Maggs. Great to meet you and to have you!

Mary receiving her nomination

Mary receiving her nomination

During his speech, the Councillor said: “I immediately realised  the necessity of such an organisation, when so little is forthcoming from elsewhere. We only discover what help’s available to us when we, or someone very close to us actually need it. And it is at that time when someone or some group are able to provide that support. There aren’t many families around that aren’t in some way, affected by mental health issues being acquired or trauma, and when you feel that startling fear that 3000 1000 in Worcestershire are subjected to brain injury each year. ”

“I was genuinely surprised to find out how you promote your expertise to GPs and social services – those who I supposed already knew about you.”

“I believe that bodies such as Councils should be able to promote worthwhile charities as far as possible. Please rest assured –  whenever I am able, I will endorse Headway, as well as explaining it’s purpose as well as I can.”

Mel Akers (left), Kathryn Davis (centre), Alan Purchon (right)

Mel Akers (left), Kathryn Davis (centre), Alan Purchon (right)

Our volunteers Sue Dawn and Jenny Shore received the “volunteer of the year” award and Mary Gleaves, long-term volunteer and current trustee and Chairperson of Headway Worcestershire was informed of her nomination for the Headway UK Volunteer Award.

Lisa Fuller, who has been with us for 14 years, was awarded with the “Long Service Award“.

The biggest announcement of the evening was Mel Aker’s retirement followed by Kathryn Davis‘ step up into the new role of the Chief Executive. She was happy to give a short (but sweet) speech, and even got the chance to familiarise herself with long-term supporters, ex CEO Alan Purchon being one of them. We interviewed Kathryn later on during the week.

Sandra Hulme and Chis Tye, who have been part of the Board, have resigned from their position as Trustees during thi year. Sandra, who was present at the meeting, was presented with an outstanding achievement award in recognition of her long service to the charity. Thank you Sandra for all the fantastic support offered to Headway Worcestershire over the years.

Lisa Fuller with her Long Service Award

Lisa Fuller with her Long Service Award

Val Hurst, Catherine Mansell and Len Marshall had been co-opted as Trustees during the year and their appointments were proposed and officially appointed during the event. We look forward to their guidance and combined knowledge they are going to bring to the table in our mission.

Our new membership scheme was also launched, a scheme aiming to allow supporters to engage with the charity more, through receiving news, Headway items as well as being the first ones to find out about events and ways of involvement. The form can be found here.

Thank you all for joining us at our AGM. We hope you all had a great time and that we were able to showcase all the good work we have done over the last year.

Hazel

Our cook Hazel Davis worked had to prepare a fantastic buffet enjoyed by all. Thank you for all your effort and keep up the good (and delicious) work! P.S. Keep an eye out for her Christmas Meals!

Volunteer Jenny accepting her award

Volunteer Jenny accepting her award

Volunteer Sue Dawn receiving her diploma

Volunteer Sue Dawn receiving her diploma

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