Also we are having a party!!!! wha hooo!
Its to celebrate the HMSA's 20th Anniversary. it will be on the Saturday night. All suggestions welcome, no one has to dress up if they dont want too and if you do ...well go for it!
Remember this is your weekend, so have some input! It was so lovely last time because many of you chose to organise additional activties and stalls etc...I really hope we can have the same again.
The theme for the conference will be 'Moving Forward and Staying Positive'....that will be all aimed at me then!
We are also running a three time tables options, not sure if my nerves will take it and I will probably need several bicardis to get over it! Will definitely not be vain and wear heels ...in fact it may be a bare foot job!
But the plan is to have our talks from the Medical Advisors and medical professionals who work closely with the HMSA, many have already confirmed...the talks will be new ones!.... And to have workshops, so you can try new activities as well....and the children will have their own timetable which they can get involved in, including linking in with myself and David Phillips, the Youth Team Leader, to say what they want from their weekend.
There will be a group leader meeting scheduled for the Sunday afternoon, so it would be great if as many group leaders as possible would come along.
We are also (due to popular demand) holding an AGM, technically due to our constitution we dont have to but this is what you all want and we believe in transparency...now being completely honest we woudl like to devote a huge chunk of time but that is impossible so we are only going for an hour or so...but if anyone who is a member would like to submit items for the agenda then that would be fantastic...Bristol group are you listening as it was you guys who suggested this! and we like to prove that we do listen to you all! We have some really, really exciting news to share with you at the first AGM, which will probably be the first evening.
Of course we will have staff and trustees around so questions can be raised at any time and not just at the residential.
Because of the current economic climate, a deposit will secure your place at teh residential. It will be non-refundable though. We have also agreed to allow delegates to pay in installments up to 4 weeks before the actual residential takes place. Details will be posted in due course.
We can only take approx 135 people staying overnight...there is usually day delegate places available. However, you must be a HMSA member to receive priority booking, so please check that your membership is in date and will be for that period of time.
Please remember that there is a limited amount of disable friendly rooms, so if you know that you are going to really, really need one please book early. I know that many of us dont know about our mobility or if it will be a problem until practically the day we get there but if you know you could manage then it would be easier to book an ordinary room...obviously you need to tell us if you cant get up the older part of residential place.
Again same as last time, if a group of you are coming along I will do my best to put you all together but please dont leave it to the last minute to tell me.
I am starting to feel so excited already..wait is that excitement or stress and anxiety! If anyone would like to volunteer to help at the weekend please let me know.
PS We will be updating our photo library at the weekend and also making a new DVD
HMSA SENIOR MEDICAL LIAISON OFFICER/ ADMINISTRATOR
Retired RMN, HEDS, Fibro,
eldest son, HEDS, dyspraxia, IBS, ADHD, ASD
middle son, HEDS,
youngest daughter HEDS, dyslexia