When we started our company, we set out to be a high-quality supplier of team events to the corporate market. This, of course, covers a diverse range of commercial businesses – both large and small – that have teambuilding and training budgets to motivate and develop their staff. Every now and then, we like to work with, and support, charitable organisations.
You may have read my earlier article about our work with Sense and, in the past, we have provided activities for OSCAR, Teenage Cancer Trust and British Red Cross, to name a few. This is always rewarding for us, and it is a privilege to be associated with organisations that help so many people far worse off than ourselves.
Some months ago, we received a call from Save the Children. Save the Children works in 120 countries, saving children’s lives, fighting for their rights and helping them fulfil their potential. Save the Children planned to hold a conference for all its UK-based departments, aimed at sharing the organisation’s vision and bringing staff together to meet and interact with each other.
Save the Children’s organiser had heard of drumming within a conference situation and thought it could be a powerful way to end the day and build connections between the many people that do not regularly work together. As we knew that drumming would be a perfect team activity to meet these objectives we of course said, “Yes!”
The date of the event was perfectly placed and timed. It was to be held at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. Just by chance, I had a meeting in Bristol the day before and two team activities close by on following day. So, for me began a mini world tour of beautiful Wiltshire and the South West!
As soon as I arrived, I knew it was going to be a most agreeable day. The security and other venue staff at the stadium went beyond the call of duty and were wonderfully friendly and helpful. I cannot stress how much this makes a difference to any session. Their help in moving bollards, getting access, moving drums and arranging parking allowed me, as facilitator, to concentrate on the real job in hand.
To create a surprise upon a surprise, we arranged for a group of pre-selected volunteers from the conference to meet us five minutes before the session truly began, so that they could learn an amazing drumming introduction.
So, when the delegates walked into the room, they were astonished to see both a sea of drums and their colleagues performing a special drumming welcome for them!
We had a very spirited and emotionally charged session, which was lots of fun and had many interactive team moments.
Every single person contributed to becoming one united drumming orchestra in just 90 minutes.
Everyone was so welcoming and appreciative of us delivering this unexpected activity.
A big thank you to Save the Children for inviting us to its conference. We wish Save the Children continued success with the amazing work it does. In the current challenging economic environment, it’s really important that everyone continues to support children across the world. Each year, more than eight million children are still dying before they reach their fifth birthday. We can all make a difference.
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