On the 26th January 2018 NSDT welcomed a number of guests to celebrate 25 years of North Smethwick Development Trust within the Community. We were thrilled to be joined by a number of organisations, who we have worked with over the years up to now as …
On the 26th January 2018 NSDT welcomed a number of guests to celebrate 25 years of North Smethwick Development Trust within the Community. We were thrilled to be joined by a number of organisations, who we have worked with over the years up to now as well as previous staff members, Directors, Volunteers and Community Members.
We were joined by Dave Heeley, an inspirational man who led a vibrant and entertaining after dinner speech about his experiences and the challenges he has over come to be come the only blind man to run 7 marathons in 7 days over 7 continents. He spoke about the need for communities to come together and face up to the challenges placed in the modern day.
We was also joined by the Swain Family who came to recognise the impact that Mike Swain had within the North Smethwick Community. We were also delighted to dedicate our Training Room in his honour on the evening.
Margaret Swain, Sister of Mike said “Thank you and the Trustees of the North Smethwick Development Trust for inviting so many of the Swain family to be a part of your 25 year celebrations. It was a wonderful evening and clearly enjoyed by everyone.
For his siblings it was very interesting to hear more of what Mike actually did. When you asked him the reply was usually along the lines of “I’m a community worker” and precious little more and we have learned an awful lot more through ASAN and now NSDT! Although starting something is, of course, very important but keeping it going and growing it is the real measure its success. The Trustees, your predecessors, and now you and your team, and the local community all deserve tremendous congratulations for what has been achieved in 25 years and for the potential developments you have planned.”
Jenn Harrison, CEO stated, “it was a great event that celebrated the coming together of local people to recognised all the good within the North Smethwick Community. It is a real team effort in not only arranging the Gala but also in delivering services and activities that support local people and business in their day to day lives and operations. We are acutely aware of the challenges faced within peoples live and are ready for the next stage in the Trust’s ability to support them and help make North Smethwick a vibrant, safe and enjoyable place to live, work and spend their free time”.