Resolutions & Campaigns

Sybil Graham, Resolutions Adviser

 

 

 FINAL 2017 NFWI RESOLUTIONS RESULTS

 

Resolution title

Selections
Alleviating Loneliness 23218
Plastic soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans 21208
Supporting women’s refuges 15672
Equal access for all who need specialised maternal mental health services 12985
FGM: More Awareness for More Action 11968
Provision of appropriate welfare and safe spaces for women and children in refugee camps 6336
Total 91387

The following two resolutions will be debated in June at the NFWI Annual Meeting in Liverpool

[See below the dates of the two Cheshire resolution meetingsin April!]

Alleviating loneliness

This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local community to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate assistance and support.

Plastic soup: keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans

Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of our oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans.

Total number of selections submitted by NFWI members in previous years

2010 54,128
2011 32,440
2012 80,069
2013 59,666
2014 77,071
2015 86,102
2016 98,522
2017 91,387

CHESHIRE FEDERATION SHORTLIST SELECTION RESULTS 2017

Title of resolution Selection (X)
Alleviating loneliness 494
FGM: More awareness for more action 287
Equal access for  all who need specialised maternal mental health services 308
Provision of appropriate welfare and safe spaces for women and children in refugee camps 153
Supporting women’s refuges 350
Plastic soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans 406
TOTAL NUMBER OF SELECTIONS 1998

 

23% of the 2017 CFWI Membership of 8,750

completed a Resolution Selection Slip

                               Last year 2016   1,675

                                                  2015   1,398

                                                  2014      935

                                                  2013      536

Thank you to all members who took part in the Selection Process!

 

NFWI 2017 RESOLUTION SHORTLIST

  1. Alleviating loneliness

This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local community to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate assistance and support.

  1. FGM: More Awareness for More Action

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been illegal in the UK for over 30 years and the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 made it illegal to aid, abet or procure the carrying out of FGM abroad. However, there have been no successful prosecutions of those involved. The NFWI calls on the government to improve efforts to measure and disclose the prevalence of FGM in the UK and to take further action to help secure more successful prosecutions of those involved in this abusive practice and thereby advance the health of women who have suffered or may be at risk of suffering FGM.

  1. Equal access for all who need specialised maternal mental health services

There is presently an acute shortage of quality specialised maternal mental health services, meaning that many vulnerable women, their babies, and families face a postcode lottery of perinatal mental health support. The NFWI calls on NHS commissioners to prioritise the development of specialised perinatal mental health support services so that pregnant and postnatal women, their babies, and families are able to access the support they need.

  1. Provision of appropriate welfare and safe spaces for women and children in refugee camps

Millions of women and children are fleeing conflict and disaster around the world, finding themselves at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation in refugee camps. This meeting calls on all WI members and the NFWI to raise awareness of the risks facing women and children refugees and push for action to ensure they have access to safe places to eat and sleep, to get the care they need and space to learn and play.

  1. Supporting women’s refuges

Many women and children rely on refuges to escape violence and abusive relationships, but in recent years refuges have faced significant cuts to their services. The NFWI calls upon the Government to safeguard refuges and increase service provision in areas without adequate support.

  1. Plastic Soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans

Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans. 

        

CFWI APRIL RESOLUTION MEETINGS 2017

Two resolution meetings were held in Cheshire in April to learn more about the topics chosen for this year’s NFWI Resolutions to be debated at the NFWI Annual Meeting in Liverpool on Wednesday 7th June 2017.

The first CFWI meeting was held on Monday evening the 24th April from 7.30pm until 9.30pm at New Life Church, West Road, Congleton, CW12 4EY.

The second meeting took place on Tuesday afternoon the 25th April from 2pm until 4pm at WI House, 11 White Friars, Chester, CH1 1NZ.

All members were warmly invited to attend one of these meetings.

Expert speakers on the chosen resolutions were invited to attend both meetings at which refreshments were available. Many members came to join the debate and all NFWI Annual Meeting delegates  were fully informed of arrangements for the annual WI resolution meetings in May and this year’s NFWI Annual Meeting in Liverpool.

Full resolution briefings are available online from www.theWI.org.uk or from www.cheshirewi.org.uk

Sybil Graham, Resolutions Adviser.

01244 679636  sybilgraham@talktalk.net

 

2016  NFWI MANDATES

The following TWO MANDATES were adopted by delegates at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Brighton:

Avoid food waste, address food poverty

The WI calls on all supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste, thereby passing surplus food on to charities thus helping to address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK.

Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia

We call upon HM Government and the NHS to provide facilities to enable carers to stay with people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia that have been admitted into hospital.

Notes are  still available on the WI Moodle and on the NFWI website

 

Wilmslow WIs response to the 2016 Dementia Resolution

2016 CHESHIRE MANDATE

Cheshire Resolution / Mandate Discussed at Winsford Annual Council Meeting on March 1st 2016

Submitted by Norley WI

We call upon HM Government to provide facilities in hospitals to enable carers to stay with Alzheimer and dementia sufferers, who have been admitted for an acute, unrelated condition.

Title: Appropriate care in hospitals for patients with dementia.

Resolution Wording:

We call upon HM Government to provide facilities in hospitals to enable carers to stay with Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers, who have been admitted for an acute, unrelated condition.

It is a matter of great urgency that this vital provision is made available for the following reasons: 

When people with Alzheimer’s /dementia are admitted to hospital for an acute, unrelated condition, they are admitted to a general ward, an assessment ward in most cases, where there is no real provision for their carer.

For these people, admission into a busy, noisy environment, without their carer, can be catastrophic and the trauma caused can be irreparable. In many cases, the dementia patient is never able to return home again.

The premature deterioration of these patients can place additional financial strain on the NHS purse. With an increasing ageing population and an expected increase in these incurable conditions, any proposals resulting in cost savings should be seriously considered.

The objective of this resolution is to make HM Government fully aware of the urgent need to allocate funding for the provision of special units in hospitals.These units should be specifically designed around the specific needs of dementia sufferers and their carers and would enable the carers to stay with

them at all times. Nurses and all other staff involved should be trained in dementia care and all equipment required for investigations should be readily available on site.

The benefits of such proposals would be as follows;

Delegates from each WI voted on behalf of their members.

Sybil Graham, Resolutions Adviser
01244 679636
sybilgraham@talktalk.net

PAST NFWI RESOLUTIONS

SOS for Honeybees 2009

Country of Origin Labelling [COOL] 2010

The Closure of Local libraries 2011
Employment of More Midwives 2012
Organ Donation 2014
Organ Donation

Organ Donation

 

Time to Talk About Organ Donation

As  you are aware, the NFWI 2014 resolution Time to Talk About Organ Donation aims to see WI members lead a nationwide conversation about organ donation in their homes, communities, and workplaces. This resolution was the WI’s fourth resolution about organ donation, reflecting how important this issue continues to be to our members and their families.

Following eighteen months of national campaigning activity, the NFWI is embarking on a partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and Manchester City Council to increase the percentage of people in the Greater Manchester region signed up to the NHS National Organ Donor Register and to get people talking about their organ donation decision with their friends and family.

There is great scope for WI members in the region to lead the way by joining up with this local initiative.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could help spread the word to all the WIs in Cheshire Federation and ask any members to register their interest in getting involved by either emailing l.plotkin@nfwi.org.uk or phoning 020 7371 9300 ext. 213.

Kind regards,

Lisa Plotkin

CFWI MANDATE 2015

MOBILITY SCOOTERS

DEBATED AND APPROVED AT THE ANNUAL COUNCIL MEETING IN WINSFORD  MARCH 2015

Hartford WI

Third Party Insurance for Motorised Mobility Scooter Drivers

All Cheshire Federation WI members should strongly advise family, friends and neighbours using mobility scooters to make sure that they themselves are properly insured and that they seek third party insurance in case of accidents involving others and their property.

The Problem

Currently, drivers of motorised mobility scooters are exempt from the Road Traffic Act and cannot be prosecuted, as there is no legislation that requires a driver of a motorised scooter to have any formal training in the use of a motorised scooter and no requirement to take any form of test to provide evidence of competence, even though some scooter drivers have never driven a car or ridden a motorbike.

There are an estimated 300,000 mobility scooters in use in Britain, but there is no requirement by law that the driver of a motorised scooter needs to prove competence or to hold third party insurance, even though vehicles can travel up to 4mph on pavements and some at 8mph on roadways.

No real research has been done in the UK into the frequency of accidents to the driver of these scooters or to the general public. In Australia, data has shown that there have been 62 deaths since 2000 and hundreds hospitalised with serious head wounds or other injuries. In the UK, anecdotal evidence describes injury to other people, small children being dragged along by scooters, having got tangled up in the wheels and damage to property. Sadly, bad scooter drivers undermine the reputation of mobility scooters as a valued means of transport and those who use them responsibly.

Some reputable companies selling these scooters will offer training, but many do not. The Secretary of State has said that he has no plans to introduce a requirement for training or insurance at the moment, but pressure is mounting and a committee of MPs is looking into safety implications. Norfolk Police have put a Safe Scooter Campaign into practice.

A combination of affordability and an ageing population has led to a significant increase in the number of these scooters on our roads and pavements and this will continue to rise. The number of able-bodied people purchasing and using these scooters is rising too, as it is cheaper to purchase a mobility scooter than a car.

Objectives

To ensure the safety of motorised mobility scooter drivers, road vehicle drivers and their passengers and vulnerable pedestrians, whilst achieving a balance between protecting the safety of individuals and the rights of responsible and competent mobility scooter users.

To raise awareness of the need to ensure that motorised mobility vehicles are fit for purpose and that appropriate training is available to all drivers of these vehicles.

To raise awareness of the need for third party insurance for the protection of others. Not all scooter drivers take out insurance to cover their own personal safety and that of others, the value of their own vehicle and public property.

To raise awareness that not all motorised mobility scooters are fit for purpose and that they can be dangerous. Some scooters have the speed adjusted above the legal requirement.

To raise awareness that there is an increasing number of able-bodied (often young) people using mobility scooters, who are not dependent on them to maintain independence and access to support and services.

Partnerships

HM Government/DVLA

Fish Insurance

Shopmobility/Age UK/Able World

BBC (Documentary – The Trouble with Motorised Scooters – BBC1 shown on 18th June 2014

Times Article – 24th May 2014

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