On the 4th July 2017, we hosted our very own Imagine Independence Day – an opportunity to celebrate our 40th birthday and to say a massive thank you to our staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication.
Fun team challenges, laughter, games, speeches, awards and a free raffle with excellent prizes made for one wonderful day to evening event.
A celebration close to our hearts, we pulled out all the stops and delivered a memorable event which involved our staff from various locations in the UK. A live video stream enabled our 3 main locations (Liverpool, London and Carlisle) to be linked up via cameras and gigantic screens so that the fun and laughter was shared up and down the country.
The different services went above and beyond to express who they are and what they do creating wild and wonderful team shields and stalls (and even a Super Hero!). This created a bustling market-like atmosphere helped along with lots of laughs from the wacky Team Challenges we devised, involving balloons, newspapers, hula hoops and footballs
The day was a chance for staff to mix and mingle and get to know each other, to find out about different services and gain a greater understanding of their role within the charity – celebrating Imagine’s achievements as one collective unit.
After a fun filled afternoon and a break for a delicious buffet our CEO, Iain Brodie-Browne began the Awards Presentation, presenting a number of awards honouring staff and volunteers for their hard work and contribution to our service.
Iain also spoke about the vision for Imagine’s future after the recent consultation and along with Trustee, Geraldine Poole, delivered a speech which encapsulated memories and achievements of Imagine’s past and told the story of where it all began.
The evening concluded with a wonderful performance from the ”iChoir” (with London staff joining in very enthusiastically!) and the raffle, which sent some very happy staff home with fantastic prizes.
We would like to use this opportunity to thank everyone who came on the 4th July, we certainly celebrated in style!!
It was great to see such a high level of involvement from each team on the day and in the lead up to the event. This was a team effort and we greatly appreciate all the staff’s involvement and dedication towards making this work – especially on top of your already demanding jobs.
This is the first of many wonderful events to come! Happy 40th Imagine!
We would also like to thank all the venues, who were extremely accommodating on the day and provided excellent facilities. Additionally, the AV company (Totally Musical Solutions) who set up the live stream and enabled all 3 locations to get involved in the celebrations together. Finally, we would like to thank all local businesses who kindly donated prizes for the raffle.