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Mayflower Theatre hosts Growth and Assurance Directorate of Aster Group

We were delighted to recently host the Growth and Assurance Directorate of Aster Group in our conferencing facilities for an away day focusing on charities, community, and volunteering.

Aster Group is a major housing association that provides quality, affordable homes to thousands of people across the south of England and London. The not-for-dividend business includes two registered charities – the Aster Foundation and Enham Trust. We were specifically chosen as the venue to host their away day due to our own status as a registered charity and community-focused enterprise.

Michael Ockwell, Chief Executive and Creative Director, and Patrick O’Sullivan, Head of Participation, delivered keynotes providing insight into Mayflower’s charitable objectives and profit-for-purpose philosophy, aiming to inspire the delegates.

It was amazing to attend Mayflower Theatre for our away day earlier in the year.  The venue is absolutely beautiful, and it was fascinating to learn exactly what goes into the running of the theatre and to see both behind the scenes and then a show on the stage.  We received keynote speeches from both Michael Ockwell and Patrick O’Sullivan, who provided us with useful insight into the workings of the charity and how it functions to serve the venue and the community.  I wouldn’t hesitate to return to Mayflower Theatre for another away day in the future.

Jordan Lister, Director of Growth and Strategic Information, Aster Group

The away day also included a backstage tour, putting the theatre’s historical venue centre stage. The group was treated to insights on how Mayflower Theatre stages touring productions and an exclusive look behind the scenes. The away day culminated with Aster watching a matinee performance of The Wizard of Oz.

Our venues offer flexible meetings, conferencing, and event spaces, accommodating from a small meeting to 449 delegates in a purpose-built studio with AV and support, ensuring there is something to suit all types of businesses.

Our spaces are great for organisations seeking creative and inspiring locations, with catering packages, keynote speakers, tours, workshops, and show visits all available as add-ons. Organisations choosing a Mayflower venue for their business meetings and events are not only getting great facilities in a truly unique setting, but they are also directly supporting the charitable mission of the trust.

It was great to host Aster Group for their away day.  It was a privilege to act as a keynote speaker, discussing Mayflower’s charitable objectives and social mission, outlining how our community programmes are wholly funded through income generated from ticket sales and venue hire.  It was really positive to see similarities between our company and Aster Group; we look forward to welcoming them back in the future.

Michael Ockwell, Chief Executive & Creative Director, Mayflower Theatre