Committee workshop and best practice sharing

On Monday, 28 September 2009, we hosted a one-day Volunteer Workshop and Best Practice day for the Honorary Chairmen, Secretaries and Treasurers of all its UK-based Interest Groups. This event provided an opportunity for the leaders of SCI's Committees to meet one another, build relationships between their respective Groups and share their common issues and interests through interactive best practice discussions.

The first such event was held in 2008, and feedback collated from those who attended last year was overwhelmingly positive. Committee members felt it was 'a really useful day, but also motivational (and) encouraging'. Over 80% of those who attended felt that they had gained significant benefit from attending. This year's event is designed to build on this success and promises to be equally informative, interactive and motivational. The day will start with a brief overview of how the Society has changed structurally, and how this has affected the activities of various departments that have an interface with our Committees, including membership, conferences, web and awards. The launch of SCI's new website will be just one of the new tools that will be introduced.

The workshop sessions for the Chairmen, Secretaries and Treasurers will follow, enabling our attendees to discuss this overview in greater depth within smaller groups, so that they can touch specifically on the areas that relate to their roles within their respective Committees.

Discussions took place in the afternoon around topics such as:

  • Events in a recession
  • Using online forums to generate event ideas and bring in volunteers
  • How to make the best of your SCI service.

Should you have any questions, want to get involved or just wish to find out more, please email us at

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