Larchfield Community

A Good Day at the Regional Forum

A Good Day at the Regional Forum

There were also two guest speakers during the day. First was a presentation by Andrew Newton from the Special Olympics Delivery Network. Andrew explained how those in the communities could become involved win a wide range of sports with a pathway from local through to international level. Andrew told us that participation in the Special Olympics is not just about sport; it integrates health, well-being, education and social inclusion. There was a lot of enthusiasm from the audience who were keen to be involved either directly in a sport or in a voluntary capacity and a follow up meeting later in the month was confirmed.

The second speaker was Annabel Arkness, the new fundraising lead for all nine communities under the CVT banner. Annabel explained the important role fundraising has in achieving the aspirations of all the communities to improve activities, workshops and amenities such as kitchen upgrades, workshop expansions and extra support. The audience then split into their communities to discuss to discuss ideas for future fundraising campaigns.


The Botton Learn to Lead team were wonderful hosts, they had organised a really interesting day and kept us well fed and watered too! Despite all the hard mental work there was plenty of time over lunch to meet up with old friends and meet new people. What came across clearly is a strong desire for more social interaction between the three northern communities and a challenge was thrown down by Botton for an intercommunity celebration next year - watch this space!

If you would like to know more about the Learn to Lead initiative which is about the people we support having a much more active role in decision making in the communities, then click on the 'initiatives' button on the drop down menu at the top left hand corner of the page.