Student Conference Success
On Friday 17th December 2010 the Student Occupational Therapy Society (SOTS) ended the semester in style by hosting a conference focused on ‘Transforming Occupational Therapy for a Greener Future.’ The event was attended by occupational therapy students and professionals from across the region and represented the successful culmination of many months of planning and hard work. Various members of the SOTS volunteered their time to ensure that all aspects of the event ran smoothly. This included hosting workshops; making gifts for speakers; preparing delegate packs; organising catering for the day; approaching companies for sponsorship; stewarding and running stalls at the marketplace.
The day included inspirational speeches from two keynote speakers, a range of practical and discussion based workshops and a bustling marketplace with representatives from businesses linked to occupational therapy. Feedback from those who attended was very positive, indicating that the conference was both informative and motivating. Delegates specified that they found it interesting and useful to learn about innovative occupational therapy practice in the region. A popular workshop presentation focusing on the transition from student to practitioner was also praised by attendees as being ‘worthwhile,’ ‘relevant’ and ‘reassuring’.
The conference provided a valuable learning opportunity and a unique addition to CVs for all volunteers involved with organising and executing the event. Skills learned and contacts gained by volunteers are likely to prove very useful in enhancing future employment opportunities. The SOTS are keen to continue their involvement with similar projects in the future.
Treasurer, University of Cumbria Student Occupational Therapy Society
Photos (attached). Permission was obtained from all conference attendants to take their photos throughout the day. Delegates were informed that these photos may be used in printed or online publications.
Picture1 caption: Carla Bharathi, an MSc student, tries out a bicycle adapted for people with physical disabilities (provided by Watchtree Wheelers)
Picture2 caption: Jenny Heath, newly qualified occupational therapist (far right) leads a workshop about the transition from student to practitioner.
Picture3 caption: Conference attendees proudly show off their bears made in the ‘Memory Bears’ workshop.