Since May we have been exploring options for AGM and the June NEC agreed to explore the feasibility of holding AGM as a virtual event this year. It was felt that even if some sort of physical conference were possible in October, it would undoubtedly mean restricting attendance to allow for safe social distancing and this would be totally against the spirit of Napo’s constitution – that all members should be able to ‘attend’. It would also entail too many risks and, given the profile of Napo’s membership as key frontline workers and the fact that some members will have enhanced vulnerabilities, would severely impact on inclusivity.
A decision has now been taken therefore to cancel the physical event in Eastbourne and instead run AGM remotely. The dates will remain the same but the AGM will now be for two full days, Thursday 8th and Friday 9th October, rather than two days split over three days as there will be no need to allow for travel time for members.
The AGM Team are pleased to announce that we believe we have a platform that will provide an accessible and professional virtual event which covers ALL the elements of our usual AGM – conducting formal business and voting on motions but also including professional debates, fringe meetings and a virtual exhibition area. We are even looking at a social event for the Friday evening.
We look forward to welcoming members to this virtual event in October, in the meantime please keep in contact your local branch as we will provide them with updates as planning progresses.