A Welcome event was held at In Tech Planetarium and Science Centre in Winchester yesterday afternoon for all of the Care, Support and Home Improvemet Agency customers in the Hampshire area. This was an opportunity for the customers to meet Family Mosaic Group Operations Director Yvonne Arrowsmith, Head of Service for Hampshire Steve Curtis and Ann-Maree Purnell, Social Inclusion Officer.

Yvonne spoke to the customers in the Planetarium about the opportunities in Family Mosaic that they could be involved in and about the ‘Get Connected’ and ‘Greening Communities’ projects.  She also outlined how to apply to the Social Inclusion budget to fund other projects and activities that would focus on Citizenship.

The customers then had the opportunity to ask Yvonne questions followed by a presentation from Steve Curtis  on how the customers are able to get involved in the future Regional Forums.

The customers were then treated to a short animation film about a rocket being launched to Mars accompanied by Rocket Man Elton John which was projected onto the dome of the planetarium. One customer remarked that it was brilliant and wanted to see it again!

It was time for refreshments and we ate home made cakes and drank all the tea, coffee and juice we could manage but this was also a great opportunity for all the customers to come and have a chat with Yvonne, Steve and Ann-Maree. There were some really great suggestions for future gardening projects and some suggestions how we could use IT equipment like Web Cam chats with staff who manage rural areas as well as an Art group in North Hampshire.

The customers were then able to access the Science Centre where they could wander round and try out the inter active experiments for themselves.