NHS Conference Freshener

Conference refresher activity for 400 people at an NHS conference. Based on our highly popular Art Factory team building session.

The NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Commissioning Support Unit approached us to support their conference at Aintree Racecourse in Cheshire. They wanted a 60 minute activity that would fully engage their 400 guests.

Finding the Purpose

We spoke with the client to establish what they wanted to achieve with this activity. They had three main desires:

  1. Refresh & recharge: They wanted to engage and freshen guests after they’d been passively listening to conference presentations.
  2. Fun & creative: They wanted the activity to be fun and creative to provide a true break from the rest of the conference.
  3. Reinforce messaging: The activity should enforce the conference messaging.

Tailoring the Solution

One activity stood out to us as meeting all 3 criteria perfectly – the Art Factory. This activity can be moulded to suit almost any timescale, audience size or message.

Since it involves creating artwork, it’s naturally fun and creative. It provides active rest by engaging the brain in a novel way, which has the effect of renewing attention spans and engagement. And artwork can be themed to underscore core points form the wider event.

Delivering the Conference Freshener

Our facilitators split the 400 guests into 40 teams. Each team was tasked with creating artwork that underlined key messages from the NHS conference. Guests delighted in getting the paints out and creating giant masterpieces on their canvasses.

Themes from the conference included teamwork, partnership and communication. Some teams chose to write and decorate these words, while others chose to represent them metaphorically. One of our favourite representations of ‘teamwork’ was a series of connected hand prints, another a winding road that characters were travelling down together.

Successful Outcome

All guests were fully engaged with the artwork activity. They had fun and enjoyed exercising their creative sides! And the NHS had 40 pieces of unique art, createrd by their own team, to underscore the key messages of the day. Some fo these were taken away to be hung on office walls as a lasting reminder of the event.

Our client felt the activity was a perfect break from the conference presentations. They said:

“The session was a huge success – thank you!” NHS Commissioning Support Unit Team

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The session was a huge success – thank you!

NHS Spokesperson - Art Factory Team Building

A great set of events to help keep spirits up and teams connected during lockdown. Especially appreciated the flexible and creative approach. Many thanks.
Adele Cox
Excellent fun and fully engaged activity, completely loved it ???? Thank you so much.
Himabindu Vutukuri
I thought the event was excellent - informal, fun & very engaging!
B. A. Nimmo
I really enjoyed the exercise and was honestly quite surprised at just how engaged with the activity I became.
Richard White
Enjoyable virtual event. I liked the theme and imaginative art class to make it a fun group event.
Conor Morris
A very entertaining experience... we had to make decisions and work together. And we also got a sense of achievement - I can’t draw and produced 2 decent superheroes. An excellent activity.
Elizabeth Donachie
A great event which made was a lot of fun! At first I was nervous to try the task but by the end I wanted to do more!
Lisa Redpath
Enjoyable event and well run, enjoyed our 3 hours with EML.
David Rodman
Good afternoon of activities and being in the winning team topped the day, thank you for the prize.
Adrienne Cousins
Many thanks to Neil and Ruth for leading our virtual team building exercise... Many laughs were had while scrambling to collect the twenty items...!!! The Murder Mystery was my favourite and my team winning was the icing on the cake. The Haka showed how uncoordinated we are but the laughs ...just proves what an enjoyable experience we all had.
Suzanne Mitchell, Beckton, Dickinson & Co
Our team really enjoyed the event - they are already asking when we can do another!
Karen Wilson, Zhero
The EML virtual team building event was well organised and entertaining. Tasks were interactive and challenging in a fun and relaxed environment.
Brandon Lee Maharaj
It was fun and I loved the energy this brought out of us as a team.
Clinton De Klerk
Great and fun team-building event. Enjoyed!!!
Christopher Dahwa
Perfect. From initial enquiry to event day. I’m really pleased with the session. We had a short meeting pre activities and then 4 fun team games. The event staff were really helpful and professional all the way through.
EML delivered a great virtual training afternoon for our new Graduates, Undergraduates & Apprentices. Everyone found it to be a fun and engaging afternoon.
Victoria Goodwin
Super fun virtual event, the team are friendly and entertaining. Thank you so much Neil and Jon.
Thank you EML for a great virtual team building Christmas party. Everyone had a great time and this virtual option created a great opportunity to stay in touch with our colleagues and have some Christmas fun. I've received lovely feedback from staff - they really appreciated the event.
Sue Quick
Thanks for organising and facilitating our online Christmas social. I've had some great feedback from the participants and it was lovely to do something together even though we couldn't meet face to face.
Michelle Hammersley
Great fun, thank you.
Simon Elkins
Well organised and good fun - many thanks to EML Team.
Mark Roberts
Great fun, engaging and well organised :o)
Belinda Mitchell
Thank you so much for organising a very interesting and fun event... it gave staff an opportunity to work together in different ways and helped to develop our team skills. I'd recommend similar online events to other organisations.
Isla Boadle
Great fun had by all. Both inclusive and engaging. We will be looking to use EML again next year.
John Williams, ECCTIS

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