CHA Staff Conference 2013

Adapting to Change, Caledonia's 2013 Staff Conference

Date Posted: 3rd of July 2013

The large team of staff from Caledonia Housing Association participated at the 2013 Staff Conference, which took place 19-20 June.


There were overall 180 participants from across Perth & Kinross, Dundee, Fife, Angus and the Highlands. Caledonia’s Annual Staff Conference provides a unique opportunity to share key messages with the entire workforce, whilst also affording the chance to raise motivation, provide personal development and for staff to get to know one another better. The conference took place in the West Park Conference Centre, Dundee.


The key theme of this year’s conference was Adapting to Change, which related to the many recent changes within the housing arena, how we can change the we work and how we deal with changing circumstances – within work and outwith work.

Garry Savage, Business Services Director opened the day with a quick outline of the achievements over the past year and informed staff of the corporate objectives for the year ahead.

Following this, Creative Team Events kicked off the conference with a lively icebreaker session – Boomwhackers! Their coloured tubes which emit a distinctive sound when struck with a hand quickly turned the room of individual delegates into a coherent musical orchestra, basking in a sea of colour.

Next on stage, Naomi Breeze performed her cleverly written play on Welfare Reform, The Cost. The play informed the audience and helped raise awareness about Welfare Reform, what it is and how it effects many people – possibly even you.

The mornings key speaker, Jackie Dolan, Principle Trainer of NNTC, spoke on the subject of Personal Safety and Lone Working. Jackie delivered an amusing awareness session on the risks of personal safety whilst working alone, keeping yourself safe when out and about and working in other people’s homes, which was highly relevant to our staff working within a housing association.

Choice based workshop sessions were delivered just before lunch break, which focussed on specific areas affecting the organisation – Welfare Reform, The Scottish Social Housing Charter, Healthy Working Lives and Dealing with Dementia.

Following lunch, it was then over to Tree of Knowledge’s Colin McLeod, who delivered a highly entertaining interactive workshop, Fun @ Work. Supported by current and relevant science, covering topics such as creativity, motivation and communication, this session used the vehicle of having fun (and lots of laughter) to motivate, focus and empower colleagues to help boost self-confidence and ultimately produce a happier workplace with greater productivity.

Following another few breakout sessions, the day was finally wrapped up by Colin McLeod from Tree of Knowledge who kept delegates positive, focused and energised to the end of the day.

A big thank you to all of our speakers on the day who made it an overall positive and inspiring staff conference.

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