HCA FORUM 2019
Celebrating a fantastic win for HCA East Anglian Branch
The East Anglia Branch were surprised and delighted to have been selected as the Chairman’s Choice in recognition for the progress made during the last year by the hard work from the Committee and branch members, it has been a true team effort.
Over the years the Branch has held regular meetings but attendance was generally overwhelmed with suppliers and professional operators showing little support or enthusiasm. Clearly, the Branch was not engaging with Full Members in a meaningful manner.
Being aware of this decline, the Branch committee, drawing in help from Members and suppliers, organised a study day. This event proved to be a big success with over 80 attending, most of whom were operators and healthcare professionals. For the committee and Branch in general, this was an encouraging message.
As a result of this success, in addition to Branch meetings, a ‘Work Shop’ was organised related to waste management. Another success, with high attendance. We also learned that a half day ‘Work Shop’ was preferable to a full study day.
The real mark of progress was in November when the AGM, usually supported by no more than about 10, was this year at 26, a huge improvement.
Listening to Full Members, the coming year's calendar includes a real mix of topics, from engaging with catering colleges, tackling the plastic revolution, inviting patients to discuss their eating experience and a dietetic presentation. Of course, we will be taking time out to socialise at Newmarket Races and our Christmas event is already booked.
On winning the Chairman’s Choice the Committee have been overwhelmed with congratulatory emails from our members, which is an encouraging endorsement we are fulfilling the member's requirements.
The committee will continue to meet regularly every 4 to 6 weeks to monitor progress. 2019 will be a year of progress, improving communication, particularly by sharing agendas and events with our neighbouring HCA Branches. All are welcome.
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