Our Forth Valley service recently held their first ever virtual forum. Usually held together in person, this year’s event looked very different. Our team had to think outside of the box to ensure that the show could go on!

We’re happy to report that the forum went without a hitch and that our get-together was a huge success. There was an opportunity to share stories of lockdown across the service, explore how we supported one another, talk about what we learned, and celebrate our many achievements as both individuals and as a group.

The forum began with Paul reciting The Dash, a poem by Linda Ellis to remember those we have lost over recent months.

Each service manager then introduced their team and the people supported, updating everybody on the projects they have accomplished whilst staying at home.

  • Michelle showed us her lockdown creations and art skills. 
  • Andrew gave us a tour of his wall display filled with the most amazing Marvel paintings.
  • Carol surprised us all with a sneak peek of her sensory shed, which is on track to be completed soon. 

The whole forum was blown away by how well everyone had coped to overcome lockdown obstacles, while making the most of new opportunities, and having some fun along the way. 

Successes were showcased via a short video, causing a few happy tears amongst the group.

Finally, one of the service managers led a virtual sing-along to end what had been a happy and positive gathering. 

Angela Martin, local service manager, said: “I am truly, truly proud to be part of such a creative and diverse service.

“From people supported to staff - you are all my heroes.”