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Engage4Life @ Stratford Manor

In August Engage4Life ran two one-week conferences at the Stratford Manor for 160 young adults. Chloe Nordigian of the Stratford Manor Events Team explains how they made sure this event was a success:

Engage4Life deliver the National Citizen Service, a Government Flagship youth engagement programme. Promoted as a once in a lifetime opportunity for participants aged 15 - 17, the scheme allows them to develop their confidence, learn new skills, forge new friendships and make a positive difference in their communities.

 

What event space did they need at Stratford Manor?

Engage4Life required large conference space with syndicates. In the main conference room they ran workshops and in the syndicates they ran bespoke events of 'music klub', 'smoothie making' and 'film making'. We even sectioned off an area of the car park for driving lessons.. At the end of each evening the groups got back together in the conference space to present all they had done during the day.

What did we do especially for them?

We created bespoke menus for themed dinners each night including Italian, Mexican and American. On the last day we held a celebratory BBQ. The hotel bedrooms were adapted to accommodate this group, including buying additional beds. Our team also organised fruit baskets to be delivered to the conference rooms for the group's smoothie-making activity. and even set up a 'tuck shop' at our bar so the young adults could buy sweets, soft drinks and snacks.

What were the challenges?

It was important for us to balance the needs of this group of young aduts with maintaining a professional corporate hotel for all other guests. We managed this by building a close relationship with the Engage4Life staff to ensure good communication and to avoid any issues between the group and the other hotel guests

Dan Coleman, Programme Manager at Engage4Life also commented on how the residential courses had performed:

"We've been working closely now with QHotels for 3 years as a residential venue. They have played a key role in creating an excellent experience for the young people, not just providing an aspirational environment within their 4 star Spa Hotels, but also with their staff going above and beyond to meet every need, even delivering workshops on their specialist areas. We look forward to growing our relationship going forward."

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