Spouse Community Aarhus - 2017, What A Year!
We’ve come a long way since answering a call from International Community to revitalise a ‘spouse project’ in early 2017! Since coming together in late February to establish a board, and hosting our first Monthly Coffee Morning in March, we have held 34 events engaging around 500 participants; workshops spanning social and professional networking, creativity and movement, sight-seeing across Aarhus - all the while enjoying lots of coffee, wine, microbrews and delicious international cuisines!
In September we expanded our board to include a Marketing Team with a particular focus on strengthening our outreach to newcomers, and potential partnering businesses, along with retaining and celebrating our current membership base. We also engaged active Spouse Community members in ‘teams’ working alongside our board members in project-based roles.
October saw Spouse Community establish an ongoing partnership with FO-Aarhus, a hub for cultural and social activities in Aarhus. Through this collaboration we have secured a regular space to present engaging events, workshops and activities run by our members. We aim to offer our members a platform to showcase their professional skills and passions, and we are delighted that FO-Aarhus has embraced this opportunity to support us with the provision of their well-articulated facilities.
Our Monthly Coffee Mornings, aimed at bringing together newcomers and existing members, have also evolved into an opportunity for our members to share their talents and skills with performances and live art taking place in the beautiful Dome of Visions.
What’s Next: upcoming projects and initiativesIn addition to continuing our rich program of events, we have a number of new and exciting initiatives set to launch in early 2018 – and we can’t wait to share them with you!
These inaugural projects include the roll-out of the 'What Is A Spouse? Campaign' which highlights the diversity and experiences of spouses living in Aarhus through an ongoing series of stimulating interviews and personal stories.
Our Inspirational Network will showcase professional success stories and skills sharing across a monthly program of panel discussions and motivational talks that connect job seekers with fellow spouses who have found professional success in Aarhus. This motivating networking program is designed to inspire and incite, while also equip members seeking employment or looking for projects to dedicate their skills to with guidance and know-how from like-minded professionals.
Spouse Community has welcomed two board members who will be focusing on expanding the breadth of our community to work on Charitable Initiatives in 2018. This will include projects aimed at fundraising for charity and non-profit partners. We have a passionate membership base who are keen to positively impact the lives of the disadvantaged or at-risk within our community, and we’ll keep you updated on how you can get involved.
Thank YOU!We are a growing community and couldn’t have achieved all we have without the support of our members and our members companies. We are grateful for the ongoing support and we look forward to working closely with you next year.
We wish you all a very merry festive season and look forward to seeing you in 2018!
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