Action for Sustainable Living, the Manchester-based charity that well… the-clue-is-in-the-name, held a “thanks and aren’t our volunteers really cool” event (1) tonight. It was at Platt Chapel , and in covering it we are in no way influenced by the free plonk and free food and general good vibe.
After time for mingling, the evening started with a brief (2) intro, then another intro and then a series of “Pecha Kucha” presentations. Via this, the audience of just under 100 got to learn more about various interesting sounding projects, not least Didsbury Dinners (who have already arm-twisted us into running a story about their work, which continues this Sunday, 22nd, if you’re free) and the Fallowfield Secret Garden Project, which is doing a big community thing in late May. (Just to be confusing, the chap leading on it is one letter removed in name from MCFly wonder-cartoonist Marc Roberts).
After some awards to lots of “Local Project Managers” the Manchester Community Choir then led into the networking break with some pretty amazing singing (I’m basically tone-deaf, and even I could tell it was fab).
Free grub and free plonk (3) and good music; no wonder many AfSL staff had a spring in their step and big smiles on their faces. Couldn’t be any other reason, could there?
In other unrelated news, there may be a job opportunity at AfSL soonish. We’ll let you know.
(1) The event was not billed as a “forum“, so guess what – no gratuitous and “negative” kicking from MCFly. It’s almost as if we only get annoyed when groups do the ol’ “bait-and-switch” of advertising one thing and delivering another.
(2) Insert arch Dororthy Parker gag here.
(3) MCFly may have accidentally liberated a cheap bottle of white. Just sayin’. (Marc is teetotal, but Arwa – boff – she drinks like a fish…) Update: Duly returned to rightful owner, unopened.