Woodget Memorial Lecture

What's good for Swindon is good for business

Business and community leaders came together last night to discuss how to support young people and communities in Swindon, sponsored by Intel.  The evening was ably hosted by Will Glennon from BBC Points West and kicked off with a thought-provoking presentation from Sir Al Aynsley-Green, former President of the BMA and Children's Commissioner for England.  This was followed by a panel discussion between Rosemary Macdonald, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Community Foundation, Jane Evans, TEDx speaker on childhood trauma and anxiety and James Phipps, CEO of Excalibur Communications who kindly provided the venue for the debate.

The theme of the evening was around the importance of early intervention and support in chldhood, to enable children to acheive and aspire to their best potential.  Businesses were encouraged to invest in their local communities both for the increased employee satisfaction rates that they experienced as well as the benefits of investment in the future workforce for local industry.  

'We can all do one percent more,' said James Phipps and the challenge from the main speaker Sir Al to the audience was to commit to making at least one positive change following the evening.

To find out more about how Wiltshire Community Foundation could support your business to make a real difference to your community please contact Jon Yates jon.yates@wiltshirecf.org.uk or Jo Brady joanne.brady@wiltshirecf.org.uk on 01380 729284.


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