Annual Convention & AGM – 2021
It is with great sadness that have decided not to go ahead with a physical ‘in-person’ annual convention this year.
We have been wrestling with the decision for some time, holding on to hope that we could meet up again this year. We canvassed opinions and discussed internally what we should do.
In the end, the only sensible approach is to not go ahead with the convention at Warwick. As always, your safety and wellbeing is the most important priority for us; and when we sit down and ask ourselves “can we keep everyone safe?” the best answer we have is “we think so but we are not sure” – and that isn’t certain enough for us to risk anyone’s health.
We hope you all understand, and we know that some of you will be disappointed – we certainly are!
In the meantime, we wish you all the best and cannot wait to see you all again, in person, next year!
Virtual Annual Convention 2020
Annual Convention & AGM – 2019
Annual Convention & AGM – 2018
The 2018 convention was attended by many parents, children and professionals, and throughout the day on Saturday, we had a vast array of eminent speakers, including Prof Karen Temple, Prof Deborah Mackay, Dr Emma Wakeling, Dr Assunta Albanese, Dr Lee Hudson, Dr Trevor Cole, Dr Kate Tatton Brown, Dr Megan Freeth, Dr Chloe Lane, Dr Alice Welham.
We are very fortunate to have some of the best healthcare professionals, endocrinologists and geneticists in the world and they give up their valuable time to come to our annual convention.
“I always come away with more knowledge than I came with”
Many of the professionals spend the whole day with us and talk to parents on an individual basis, offering their expertise in a very informal and relaxed setting. They all thoroughly enjoy their day with us and quite often learn as much from our members as our members learn from them.
We had a record amount of children attending this year and the youth group continues to grow in popularity, with many of the young people making new friends as well as enjoying meeting up with old friends.
At the end of a very hectic day, it was time to relax, have a drink and enjoy the company of others who understand what you are or have been through. There is nothing like the support of another parent, when you tell them about your struggles and they say, “that’s exactly what happened to us!” We are already planning our next convention, and as always, it will be great to see all our CGF friends again, as well as greeting new ones.
“Very well organised and very beneficial to our family”
Although the convention is for members of the CGF, we welcome new members from anywhere in the world and at last year’s convention, we welcomed members overseas again. What remains clear is that patient support groups and the help and advice patients receive from these groups, as well as other parents, cannot be underestimated. The same is true of healthcare professionals, who are increasingly relying on patient support groups to help their patients, which can only be considered as great progress for us all.