AGM 2015 – 15-17 October, Eastbourne

AGM 1The 2015 AGM is taking place from 15 to 17 October in the Devonshire Park Centre, Eastbourne. Online registration is now open – or download a registration form and preliminary programme below.

2015 AGM Registration Form

The 2015 AGM will celebrate the role of Napo as a professional association as well as a trade union; as the upholder of professional values and standards in the face of divisions, cuts and the encroachment of the market forces in both Probation and the Family Courts. All the sessions will reflect this, with the Friday morning Probation and Family Court sessions focussing on professional practice – delivering and  defending professional standards. Meanwhile the full programme of fringe meetings on the Thursday and Friday evenings and Friday lunchtime will provide space for specific areas, interests and concerns.

Confirmed speakers so far for the Probation Professional Session, which will focus on work with victims and safeguarding, on the Friday morning are NUT General Secretary, Christine Blower; Sonia Crozier, NPS Deputy Director; Bridget Robb, Chief Executive of BASW; and  Keir Starmer MP, former head of the Crown Prosecution Service and member of the Labour Victim’s Taskforce.

The Family Court Section will also hold a professional session on Friday morning and the FCS AGM takes place from 11.00am to 1.30pm on Thursday 15 October before the start of the full Napo AGM.

AGM Business

As usual the AGM will discuss and vote on a wide range of motions from members and branches. Motions to be considered by the AGM may be submitted by the NEC, a national committee, a Probation branch, the Family Court Section, the PSO Forum or any two full or professional associate members of Napo. Constitutional amendments may be submitted only by the NEC. Motions and constitutional amendments should be submitted on the form provided which is available from Annoesjka Valent (avalent@napo.org.uk – 020 7223 4887) at the Napo office. Motions and constitutional amendments must reach the General Secretary no later than 12 noon on Thursday 20 August. Amendments to motions and amendments to constitutional amendments must reach the General Secretary by 12 noon on Thursday 1 October. Details of motions and constitutional amendments received will be circulated to members at the end of August.

Friends and Family

Members are welcome to bring guests (though there will be a registration charge of £45 (early bird rate – before 25 September). Guests are welcome to attend all conference sessions, except closed sessions, fringe events and the evening entertainment.

There will be a free crèche available for members wishing to bring children with them. The crèche, which is provided by the excellent Nipperbout Events Childcare, will be open throughout the duration of AGM business including lunchtime and the evening fringe meetings. We will be catering for children from 0 to 16; the crèche staff will be happy to supervise any homework assignments for school age children, but there will also be lots of fun activities and outings. Members wishing to take advantage of the free crèche need to register for a place when they register to attend AGM and BEFORE 25 September.

Cuba Solidarity
Thursday evening entertainment this year is being hosted by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors – so get ready of hot Latin rhythms, salsa dancers and free rum cocktails. We are also delighted to have the Cuban Ambassador, HE Teresita Vicente, with us at AGM. Teresita will be addressing conference on the Thursday afternoon and joining us for the evening extravaganza.
There will also be a live band on the Friday evening. Both events take place in the atmospheric Floral Hall in the Eastbourne Winter Gardens from 8pm to 1.00pm. So don’t forget to pack your party gear.

Registration is now open
Registration fees have been frozen at the 2012 rate of £45 (£25 unemployed and retired members). You should however register by 25 September to take advantage of this early bird rate.  After this registration for all classes of member and guest will be £65.
Register online at http://www.napo.org.uk or download a registration form and return if with a cheque. You can request a paper registration form from kfalcon@napo.org.uk or ring 020 7223 4887.

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