Annual Members' Meeting (AMM) 2009

AMM 2009: Richard Page and guest at a stall

All of our members are invited to our Annual Members' Meeting (AMM). Health and wellbeing was the theme for the 2009 AMM, Award Ceremony and Exhibition, and around 500 of our members turned up to have a go at a range of fun activities which aim to improve mental health and physical wellbeing.

The event was held in the Indigo2 Arena at the O2 in Greenwich on Wednesday 30 September. The full programme included lots of activities that people of all ages and abilities could join in with, including a movement choir – a combination of dance and movement – paper weaving, sculpting with wax, music jamming sessions, drama and extreme drawing using six foot pencils. These were put on by The Conservatoire, a Blackheath based arts organisation.

The formal part of the meeting was opened by Oxleas’ Chair Dave Mellish who welcomed everyone. This was followed by some great live music from Indigo, a band from Oxleas’ Crayford Day Centre who performed one of their own songs. ‘Do you know?’ is a song about self respect and was written by singer Cherry Tanner.

Chief Executive, Stephen Firn, then gave a report about last year at the trust and summarised the trust’s priorities for this year. Then Director of Finance, Richard Page, outlined his financial review. The Membership and Council of Governors’ Report was jointly delivered by Dave Mellish and Vice Chair of the Council of Governors, Rosie Shrimpton.

Dave Mellish thanked Dr Peter Jarrett for his service as Medical Director. Peter then gave a presentation which summarised his 13 years as Medical Director at the trust (a post he has stood down from).

The highlight of the meeting was the recognition awards presentations to staff and service users that have made outstanding contributions to the work of the trust over the last year. The meeting concluded with more live music from the Conservatoire Trio.

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