One of the exciting and challenging aspects of this project is that all team members are based in different locations round England, so meeting up as a team requires planning and a lot of travel time. However yesterday we held our first virtual team meeting, using Google Hangout to get 9 people together for 45 minutes – we could all see and hear each other on-screen, have a cup of tea while we chatted, and no-one had to move a step from their offices. We’re all part-time, with different working days and patterns throughout the week, so it can be difficult to get the whole team together at any one time. However yesterday, despite initial technical hiccups, we managed a meeting to ask questions, exchange views and move us forward in setting up Maintenance Co-ops in 5 regions. Here’s to our next virtual cup of tea next month.