Alder Hey Children’s Charity at The Automatic

13 December 2012

The Automatic™, LJMU’s creative facilitation environment, recently welcomed Alder Hey Children's Charity for a one day team development and planning workshop.

Staff and Board members were guided through a series of exercises designed to encourage effective communication, the pooling of ideas and the creation of a shared vision for the future.

Alder Hey Children's Charity supports the work of Alder Hey Hospital.  Looking after over 270,000 children and their families each year, four times as many as Great Ormond Street Hospital,  Alder Hey is the third largest children's hospital in Europe. As well as providing a busy accident and emergency service Alder Hey is a specialist hospital with a national and international reputation as a Centre of Excellence for children with cancer, heart, spinal and brain disease.

In 2013, a £230m investment programme will see a new hospital built opposite the current hospital site in Springfield Park. This creates many new opportunities and challenges for the Charity which, with a new Director at the helm, is eager to explore ways in which to maximise support moving forward.

Image of Alder Hey Children's Charity logoUsing a variety of techniques for which The Automatic™ is renowned, including LEGO™, the World Café and Zoom, LJMU facilitators drew out the delegate's views on the context in which the charity is operating and the development of a robust strategy.

The Distiller™, The Automatic's unique group engagement technology, was utilised in order to allow delegates to contribute thoughts anonymously and 'drill down' to identify key issues and priorities.

To find out more about The Automatic™ contact Kirsty Barr on: 07968 422451 or email:

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