ASDIC Conference

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https://www.asdic.org.uk Hi folks a little write up from the ASDIC Conference in Leeds. We are of course registered with Directory - Association of Service Drop-In Centres (asdic.org.uk) via the VirtualHub, and will soon be registered our Wednesfield drop-in with them. The conference was held at the Upcoming Events – https://royalarmouries.org/ which was spectacular. During a couple of days, we heard from, and able to talk to so many exciting people, representing many facets of the third sector. Lots of unique stories from the many hubs across the country, as well as the support organisations which make up the Armed Forces Community. We saw a few familiar faces but many that we chatted to about our own unique organisation we new to us. The atmosphere was electric, and the program provided by ASDIC for fast and full allowing many guest speakers to talk about their own unique organisation. As an organisation I believe that Bill and I put on a very good show for what was our first charity trip to a military conference, both in business suites for the two days and Bill’s marked up Renault close by on show, and our cards and leaflets readily given out. Over the two days we have made many new friends and contacts all listening to our brief story with interest and enthusiasm. I will of course over the next few days be following up following the many business cards that I have collected from a wide range of organisations. There was plenty of good advice from the many speakers and I am happy to say that as an organisation we are on track for expansion and increase of service users. Wednesday ending in the evening on the fourth floor of the museum listing to the Sheffield Piped Band and some wine, etc.It was an overnight stay and in the evening we made our way out of town to the https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en-gb.html where we had a couple of very comfortable rooms, and some great food in the evening and morning before leaving. Being a public house, the atmosphere was good and the people very friendly. Eve from the Welfare Team popped over and saw Bill and I in the evening and had food and a good chat. I would recommend the Miners Arms to anyone staying in Leeds and we will book there again. In the morning we parked up in front of the main hotel everyone used and there were plenty of moan and groans about the food including their breakfast. Not us of course! Its well worth visiting the museum which is spectacular. As for the conference and another intense set of presentations each being 15 minutes, before ending at 1400ish on the Thursday. My thanks go out to the team of ASDIC for an invite to their conference in Leeds, and that you are a real advocate for the drop-ins and other military organisations you represent. Finally homeward bound on the motorway a couple of the ASDIC team came alongside the car seeing its spectacular Forces Online markings and gave us the thumbs us being heading away. Thanks Bill for you support and planning skills to get us to Leeds to give what I think was a very good account of Forces Online, and also the people in the organisation manning the hub in my absence and those working to keep it all ticking and the many supporters and friends we have.

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