By Bronwen Hewitt
(Published in the February 2014 issue of Annuntiatus)
In July of last year, I attended the IASE Biennial International Conference in Vancouver along with one of my Trustees, Judith Waterfield. It was my first time as a delegate and I was impressed by the dynamic and grassroots approach of the association. I met many inspirational people and enjoyed sharing the work of my organization, the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust or ‘Hannahs, as it is now known. Vancouver was such a wonderful venue!
Prior to attending the conference, I had been asked to represent IASE in the role of a National Chair for the UK for IASE and I had accepted this opportunity. Whilst talking to a group of conference attendees, we decided that there were potential exciting opportunities that should be explored further, such as:
• Excellent contacts for the future;
• Potential for joint research;
• Opportunities to conduct conferences and/or workshops highlighting projects and/or activities in the UK;
• Opportunities to share advice and support with centers in Malawi and Tanzania and other volunteer projects for our therapists.
In December, as a result of these connections and in my role as a National Chair I welcomed a group to my organization, the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust or “Hannahs”, located in Devon, England. This covered workshops and networking with a variety of professionals, a reception with the University of Plymouth, meeting with the Chief Executive of the National Association of Special Education (NASS) in London and a backstage tour of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hosted by one of its stars, Nigel Planer. We, of course, took the opportunity to introduce our guests to a little sightseeing!