This year was really challenging, we saw first wave of cuts and changes hit the sector. It was a hard year for many but heartening to be part of a sector that pulls together when times are tough. I saw that at our winter gathering, where practitioners pooled their knowledge of changes so we could collectively better understand the impact on the sector. Members generously shared advocacy tips, partnership ideas and creative ways to out-fox the tide of shortages. This meeting helped generate the intellectual framework for the DHG conference – making sure we tackled head on the big issues of the day.
In the same vein, we felt it important to have our say in the government’s public consultation on the implementation of the Equality Act, in particular the specific duties. While DHG is not a lobbying group per se, the process was useful in terms of the group getting to grips with the new law and how it might affect our respective organisations.
The highlight of the year had to be our fabulous training session on audience monitoring. A perfect combination of Audiences London injection of well researched data and best practice with facilitation of sharing our collective knowledge and options on the topic. It was a great example of the DHG identifying a training need and working together to meet it. This year’s BIG THANK YOU has to go to Daniel and Helen.