Event aims to inspire people to invest time in the health of their community

‘Investing in the health of your community'. That is this year's theme of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's annual members meeting. It is being held on the 17th September 2014 at Rheged near Penrith.

Two key speakers will inspire members with their powerful stories of how they have made a difference to the health of their communities from their doorsteps. They are the Millom Action Group and ‘Food Train', a project in Scotland that provides services delivered by volunteers to older people

The official business of the Annual General Meeting will include the opportunity to ask our Board of Directors and Governors about the work of the Trust during 2013/14 and also their plans for the future. Following this our members will be invited to make a pledge to do something on their doorstep that can make the difference to the health of their community.

An interactive exhibition showcasing our services and those of our partners will include a performance from the Cumbrian winners of the school Rock Challenge and the NHS choir. The exhibition will cover four zones, each representing our core values - Kindness, Fairness, Ambition and Spirit.

Kath Hughes, Acting Head of Communications at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said, “Our annual members meeting is always very well attended and a key event for anyone interested to find out more about us and our plans for the future. Based on feedback from previous years, we have decided to hold the event later into the evening so that people who aren't able to attend during working hours have the opportunity to attend. It's a packed programme this year and we think there is something for everyone - we would be happy for people just to pop in for a couple of hours to find out more about us.”

Mike Taylor, Chair said, “The role of our members is very important to us. As a Foundation Trust, (FT), we have more flexibility and freedom in our decision making processes than over a non FT. That however requires us to be accountable for our decisions and actions to the people of Cumbria through our Governors and Members. It is, therefore essential that we give our members every chance to ask questions of us and understand what we do and this AGM is critical in that process.”

To find out more or to book onto the event go to www.cumbriapartnership.nhs.uk, or contact the communications helpdesk on 01228 603890.

The AGM is from 12pm until 7pm with the official business at 1.30pm