An inspiring event jam-packed with ideas, solutions and future plans brought Swanton managers together for the first time since the pandemic.
September’s Swanton Manager’s Workshop was held at The Village Hotel in Nottingham across two days and included a delicious three-course lunch and a host of activities.
Speakers from the senior team, including CEO Andrew Dalton, EDQE Gary Thompson, L&D Manager Kat Walsh and COO Tom Pick talked about Swanton’s journey and how our dedicated teams across the UK live out the company ethos.
Regional Director Dhiraj Rijhwani unveiled the new Swanton website and gave a tour of the host of new features.
Later, groups were invited to break-out sessions where they shared experiences and solutions and discussed ways to further improve the lives of the people we support.
Then it was time for some fun and games as the managers let their hair down with a quiz that got very competitive.
Administrator Viktoria Watts said it was a fantastic opportunity to spend time with colleagues in a relaxed environment.
Viktoria said: “It’s been a long time since we were able to host an event with all our managers and well worth the wait.
“Everyone really enjoyed themselves, and we all got so much value from sharing our ideas, experiences and practices.
“The quiz was a highlight and got very competitive. Estates Director Tom Wilson and his table took home the win, but it was a hard-fought competition.”
The games also included an Interesting Facts brainteaser where people had to decipher which Swanton colleague each anecdote was about.
One of the highlights of the fun-packed game was discovering that CEO Andrew used to be a model when he was five years old.
No event is complete without good catering, and the managers enjoyed a three-course dinner and sweet treats from a Sweet-a-fayre ice cream cart.
The food fuelled more competitive pursuits as people participated in giant Connect 4 and Jenga matches and a host of pub games.
Viktoria added: “The atmosphere was terrific, and it felt good to have fun together.
“Swanton is a family, and creating those bonds comes from working and playing hard together.
“We’re looking forward to putting all our plans into practice and making Swanton services even better places to work and live.”