On Saturday 22nd October, we held our Clan Gathering & AGM at Birnam Arts Centre. This was our first “all-in” event together since the pandemic and was an opportune time to reconnect with one another.
Our guest speakers were Dr Gráinne O’Brien and Dr Sarah Kennedy who spoke on well-being and self-care and offered some practical exercises on mindfulness.
At the AGM, our Chair Bill Wright gave his Chair’s Report and then our Treasurer, John Dearden, took us through the Annual Accounts. We said goodbye to Graeme Malloch as a trustee and welcomed new trustees to the Board: Katie Mackie, Kazeem Alabi and Thomas Lorenz. For a full list of Haemophilia Scotland trustees, please click here.
Following lunch, we had group discussions on themes such as mental health, physiotherapy and the role of the patient organisation. These group discussions were a chance for people to share their experiences, learn from one another and to offer feedback so we can work towards ensuring people affected by a bleeding disorder in Scotland receive the support they need.
There were lots of opportunities to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Thank you to everyone who attended.