Club Kilburn in Manchester got together last week for their first face to face club day since the start of the pandemic. As well as having a very long overdue chance to socialise together and eat BBQ food, we also each spent the morning working up an appetite with local charities. We split into smaller teams to volunteer for Sue Ryder, the Booth Centre, Garden House, Mustard Tree and Burnage Foodbank.
So what are Club Days?
At AND, each club holds quarterly offsite ‘club days’ - these days help our ANDis get updates on what's happening at AND, give something back to the community, catch up and let our hair down a bit.
And why are they important?
Club days are just one of the ways that we invest in the relationships between our ANDis. Creating happy engaged teams is a fundamental part of our DNA, and giving everyone space to form bonds and support each other is a key step in doing that.
These relationships underpin our club model and mean that when we start work with a new client, the majority of the ANDis already know each other, or have worked together before. This dramatically cuts the time it takes for new teams to establish ways of working and become fully productive.
What about people who didn’t feel comfortable?
Not all of our ANDis have felt 100% comfortable meeting up in public yet. We’re cool with that and no less committed to helping them form bonds and stay connected. We arranged a day along similar themes - collaborating on our social mission in the morning and then having some fun in the afternoon.
Zoom might not be quite the same for informal interactions but it allows us to respect each other's feelings.
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