Get Set Go Gambia for five AFG Support Workers
A two week study tour to develop mental health experiences
Alternative Futures Group (AFG) have developed a mutually beneficial partnership with Mobee, (a Gambian based charity), to provide an exciting and potentially life changing learning and development opportunity for staff over the next two years.
In July 2013, the exciting announcement was made to AFG’s workforce offering an opportunity to develop new skills and techniques and apply them in practice, in a small community within The Gambia. Working with the Gambian charity, the AFG ambassadors will develop their experiences to help people with health and wellbeing matters.
To provide a flavour of the Gambia staff were invited to participate in ‘Taste of Gambia’ sessions, held at Oak Lodge Independent Hospital and Lion Court, head office in Prescot, to provide a taste of the lifestyle and culture in The Gambia.
Janet Stanton, Senior Manager Talent and Succession Planning and lead on the project said: “Following the Taster sessions, a panel met in September with the extremely hard task of identifying the initial five Ambassadors.
“Five Support Workers from AFG have now been identified to participate in the programme of personal development, offering this life time opportunity in The Gambia. Neil Campbell, AFG’s Chief Executive gave each of them the good news at a surprise visit in October. AFG are working in partnership with Mobee to provide creative and innovative learning opportunities for our staff which involves a two week study tour to The Gambia in November 2013, followed by five further study tours scheduled over the next two years. Our Ambassadors will fully experience the day to day living and culture of life in a local community in the Gambia.”
Janet continued: “There is no doubt that this is a life changing personal development opportunity for AFG staff. This project provides a first rate opportunity for both organisations to work together and raise awareness of mental health issues in The Gambia and to share best practice.”
On 29th October 2013, the five identified Support Workers will meet at AFG’s head office Lion Court in Prescot.
Janet said: “There has been a real buzz across the organisation as although the Ambassadors have been identified, we’ve not yet revealed ‘our five Ambassadors’ to all staff. Of course, there have been whispers, but we are really looking forward to announcing to all before the first study tour in November.
Prior to the study tour, the AFG Chief Executive, Neil Campbell will be meeting the Government Ministers responsible for mental health services in The Gambia.
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