Argyle Community Trust staff from across Devon and Cornwall came together at Bicton College in Exmouth for their first staff two-day conference between Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 September.

The conference was an opportunity to reflect on the excellent work of the Trust in their communities as well as helping to inspire community staff as they plan their next schemes in their local areas.

The staff were welcomed by video message from Chairman of Plymouth Argyle Football Club, Simon Hallett, before handing over to Head of Community Mark Lovell, who both spoke about the important part the Trust play in delivering life-changing community projects, reaching nearly 68,000 people every year and investing in initiatives.

Trust staff heard from a range of speakers as well as being involved in workshops throughout the two days.

The idea for the event came from a staff who wanted the opportunity to learn more about one another’s provisions and develop their skills, Head of Education and Safeguarding said: “The fact that our staff recognise and identify the benefits of professional development is indicative of the Trust’s ethos in which we are continually striving to improve.

“These two days offer staff the opportunity to not only develop their skills but also to create stronger links across all departments and regions that we cover.”

A total of 50 attended the event including NCS Programme Manager Todd Hanrahan who said: “It’s been really informative to be able to gain a deeper understanding about other people’s departments, their achievements, challenges and future aims.

We’ve discovered that we have many similarities and being here together has allowed us to share ideas and work together on how to build upon our successes.”

Mayflower 400 Engagement Officer Alice Young agreed: “The event has been really beneficial for learning new skills that I can take into my own remit as well as have the time to work with people who are often based in another region from me. I feel inspired and have lots of ideas to take back with me.”

Argyle Community Trust also reflected on a successful year that included the opening of their £2.4 million facility Manadon Sports and Community Hub, and shared some of the innovative and impactful work they have delivered.

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