February has been one of the toughest months to choose a winner to be crowned ‘Society of the Month’ with so many societies doing amazing work.
The winner for February is the Speech Society. As well as supporting the members following exams and holding their fourth bake sale of the year for Newcastle cleft fund, they have also done a lot in the community.
Their biggest event included a daytime workshop for children and young adults with communication needs, they all used computers to talk – AAC (augmentative and alternative communication). They worked through the day with a group of local comedians, learning about improvisation comedy and having a chance to get confident at shouting out answers.
It was also an opportunity for the young people and their families to get to know each other, as they came from all over the North East. The day event and evening was advertised to over 200 local Speech therapists, who helped us to recruit AAC users.
In the evening the improve comedy group, Spontaneous Wrecks preformed. The event was held in conjunction with 1voice – a charity that supports AAC users and their families. The evening event had over 50 attendees. Along with a raffle and ticket sales £450 was raised.
In the near future, the society will be going to a local college to speak to the users about what they would like from future events. As well as this they are now working on their next event, completing an informative video to raise awareness of swallowing disorders. This is a European campaign and will take place on the 6th March.
The two runners up are…
RAG had one of their busiest months yet with over 250 of its members being involved in a variety of activities, with the most successful events being Take Me Out, RAG does Bingo and their annual ball. In February alone, £2500 was raised for 7 different charities and 250 hours of volunteering completed in the local community.
Pakistan Society for the Qawwali, a night of devotional musical tradition of Muslim Sufi mystics that dates back to the late 13th century. The night succeeded in its aim of promoting a softer image of Pakistan and promoting dialogue, cooperation and tolerance among different cultural groups with media coverage from across the globe.