Resolutions & Campaigns

Alia el Asmar Resolutions Adviser


Don’t forget to return the results of your vote!  You can do this by posting in your slips to WI House or by emailing the results to  Results should be in by the end of January 2019.
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Here are the 6 resolutions which have made the short-list this October 2018:

  1. Improving Plant Biosecurity in the UK  In recent years, trees and plants in the United Kingdom have come under threat from diseases introduced from imported and infected plants. The NFWI calls on the Government to implement a mandatory plant certification scheme to assure the public that the plants they buy and the soil and containers in which they are sold have been screened and are infection free.
  2. Trees – Improving the Natural Landscape  To improve air quality, mitigate climate change, reduce flooding and erosion, and visually enhance the environments where we live, work and visit, the NFWI calls on WI members to take action and plant trees, protect trees and woodland, enjoy the opportunities for nature in their local environment – and inspire others to do the same. The NFWI also calls on the Government at both national and local levels to make a strenuous effort (and legislate where necessary) to increase the number of trees planted.
  3. Pelvic Floor Education  Incontinence and prolapse are common conditions experienced by many women, especially after childbirth and the menopause. The NFWI calls upon the government to provide increased pelvic floor education and treatment of related conditions, and to ensure parity of access to services across the UK.
  4. Suffering in Silence; end the Taboo around Menstrual Health  The taboo around menstrual health, coupled with a lack of awareness, means that many women and girls are living with painful yet treatable menstrual conditions for years. The NFWI calls on the Government, schools and health service providers to improve menstrual health education and gynaecological services, thereby increasing early diagnosis and prompt treatment of any problems.
  5. A Call Against the Decline in Local Bus Services  Over the last decade there has been a massive decline in the number of bus services, particularly of those in rural and semi-rural areas. In order to alleviate loneliness, improve health and wellbeing, as well as promoting sustainable development, the NFWI calls on the Government and local authorities to increase subsidies and work in partnership with bus companies and community transport operators to enable an adequate provision of services.
  6. Don’t Fear the Smear  Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives a year, yet attendance is currently at its lowest for a decade. The NFWI urges WI members to attend routine screening, to take action to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening and address barriers to attendance to help eradicate cervical cancer.


Information About Submitting a future Resolution

(Click on the link above for all the information you need to enable you to submit a resolution) Contact the office if you need any further information Tel: 01244 347462  email:

Alia El Asmar, Resolutions Adviser



At the Annual Meeting in Cardiff, the Resolution concerning Mental Health Matters was voted in by a majority of 98%


                                   2018 Resolutions            Selections
1 Positive body image in a digital age 5215
2 Stop FGM 27,640
3 Raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK 20,299
4 Mental health matters 42,327
5 Healthier Mouth, Healthier Body 5560
Total selections received 101,041

Mental Health Matters was ahead of the second placed resolution by over 14,000 selections.

The NFWI Board of Trustees reviewed the results and agreed that ONE resolution Mental Health Matters would go forward to the Annual Meeting in June in Cardiff.

This year’s more votes were cast since the individual selection process was introduced. There were over 100,000.


                                         FEBRUARY 2018

Title of resolution Selection (X)
Positive body image in a digital age          150
Stop female genital mutilation           721
Raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK           536
Mental health matters        1,043
Healthier Mouth, Healthier Body           110

Approximately 28% of the CFWI membership returned a vote

562 additional votes were received this year

Votes received in previous years

2010       420

2011       528

2012       720

2013       536

2014       935

2015     1,398

2016     1,675

2017     1,998

Sincere thanks to all members who took part in the Selection Process

Mental Health Matters
Mental health matters as much as physical health. The NFWI urges all WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health, and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues, and to lobby government for better support for mental illness.

Proposer’s position The proposer is concerned that mental illness can affect any sector of society, but there is still a stigma around talking about this illness. The proposer wishes to see the WI work to reduce the stigma around mental health by learning about the issue and discussing it openly in local communities.

What is the scale of the problem? Each year, around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem and almost all (9 out of 10) will face discrimination and stigma including from friends, family and at work. This can worsen someone’s mental health problems and delay or impede their getting help and treatment, and their recovery.

The Mental Health Foundation estimates that around 1 in 10 children and young people are affected by a mental health condition such as depression, self-harm and eating disorders.

However, 75% of people with mental health conditions do not have access to the care they need.  Research also suggests that access to services and waiting times can vary significantly depending on where you live.

The current situation in the UK In 2011, the Government set out a strategy to improve mental health and wellbeing, ‘No Health Without Mental Health’. This was shortly followed by a strategy for mental health and wellbeing in Wales.
In April 2013, the Health and Social Care Act 2012 came into force, enshrining the strategy for England into law and introducing an explicit recognition of
the Secretary of State for Health’s duty towards both physical and mental health.

This Act placed a legislative requirement on the health service to address the disparity between mental and physical health through a concept known as parity of esteem. Parity of esteem recognises that mental health impacts on physical health, and vice versa, and therefore they should both be treated together and equally. A key aspect of implementing this parity is an equal distribution of resources, as well as equal consideration given both aspects of health when commissioning services.

Mental health services were given a boost in the 2015 coalition government budget when the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced he had secured £1.25bn to enable the NHS to treat more than 100,000 young people by 2020.  The announcement built on Clegg’s 2014 announcement of the first waiting-time standards for mental health treatment and £120m funding for service improvements designed to put  a stop to ‘discrimination against mental health’.

In July 2017, the Health Secretary announced plans to create 21,000 new posts in mental health services in order to treat an extra 1 million patients by 2021. However, the NHS Confederation and Royal College of Nursing have raised concerns over whether there is enough time and funding to deliver this. Campaigners have also warned that local authorities are not spending enough of their public health budgets on mental health services. On average, this is less than 1% according to figures obtained by Mind.
The Government has also revealed plans to improve the public’s understanding of mental health. In October, it was announced that Public Health England will lead a £15 million programme to train around one million people in basic mental health awareness and first aid. The online campaign will be launched in 2018 and run until 2021.
A number of local and national campaigns have also been launched aimed at breaking down the stigma associated with mental health and encouraging people to talk about their experiences. These include Time to Change and Heads Together.
A full campaign would be developed by the NFWI if the resolution is passed, taking into account developments since then. But to help inform your discussions, here are some ways the WI could consider working on this issue.
At local and regional levels, members could take action within their Institutes by creating opportunities to talk about mental health and the barriers that
exist to accessing local support services. Members could also call on their local authority to prioritise the provision of adequate mental health services.
Nationally, alongside other organisations, the NFWI could put pressure on the government to ensure that all people with mental health problems have access to the support they need, regardless of where they live.

Since then, the Government has continued to take action to tackle the stigma associated with mental health and improve the provision of mental health services. In January 2016, the Prime Minister announced investment of £290 million in specialist care for new mums, £247 million in mental health services in hospital emergency departments and £400 million in community-based services.
This was followed by the announcement in January 2017 of a package of measures, targeted at schools, the work place and local communities, to ensure that children and young people receive the support they need for mental health conditions. These included:
• offering all secondary schools in the country mental health first aid training; • reviewing children and adolescent mental health services, led by the Care Quality Commission; • publishing a green paper on children and young people’s mental health; • partnering with employers to improve mental health support in the workplace; •  building on the availability of community-based support services for mental health; and • expanding digital services for mental health.

                                                 Arguments for the resolution

• Many mental health problems are hidden, especially with women around child birth. A WI campaign could help to extend the reach of mental health awareness and encourage more people to seek help.
• Action to tackle the stigma associated with mental health can be taken by anyone. It can be as simple as listening to a friend without judging.

Arguments against the resolution

• There has been a continued focus on mental health amongst policymakers and the health sector, with a number of recent announcements aimed at further improving access to treatment.
• There are already a number of national campaigns focused on this subject – is there more the WI could add?

How to cast your vote WIs should consider how you wish your delegate to vote at the Annual Meeting in Cardiff on 6th June. All WIs get one vote for the resolution – for or against. WIs can also choose to give discretion to your delegate to decide how to vote after hearing the presentations and debate at the Annual Meeting.

Further information
Mind: E: T: 020 8519 2122
Mental Health Foundation: T: 020 7803 1100
Rethink Mental Illness: T: 0121 522 7007
Note – these groups are working on this issue, but may not be able to provide speakers for meetings.
If you would like to find a local speaker you could try contacting:

• Local mental health charities, try your local authority website which may include a list of charities and support groups.

• Your local health services, they may be able to provide a speaker on mental health.

Information About Submitting a future Resolution

(Click on the link above for all the information you need to enable you to submit a resolution) Contact the office if you need any further information Tel: 01244 347462  email:

 Alia El Asmar, Resolutions Adviser

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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 or phoning 020 7371 9300 ext. 213. Kind regards, Lisa Plotkin



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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