Motions Passed at Annual Gathering 2011

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  • Developing Volunteers

This Annual Conference instructs General Council

· To provide support to groups and districts by ensuring that we can call on as many people as possible to support the work they are doing

· To help leaders by implementing the volunteer policy agreed by General Council at their meeting in November 2010

· To provide a structure that will enable groups and districts to have CRB checks (and other similar checks as required) for volunteers.

  • Enable 5 year membership for DFs

This Annual Conference recognises that large numbers of memberships lapse between the ages of 16 and 20, a time of change in many peoples lives. Therefore this Annual Conference resolves to allow 16 to 20 year olds to buy 5 year memberships which will not only keep them in the Woodcraft Folk but decrease administrative costs and improve cash flow.

  • Group Registration fees

This Annual Conference resolves to change the group membership system from January 2012. The base group registration fee will be lowered from £125 to £50 for Woodchip, Elfin, Pioneer and Venturer groups, with an additional £5 fee per child or young person in the group. Each child registered will receive a membership badge.

  • Venturer and District Fellow representation

This Annual Conference believes that we are a democratic youth organisation and that as such young people should be encouraged and supported to participate as much as possible. This Annual Conference strongly urges that the group delegate for Venturer and DF groups should be of the age range that they are representing.

  • Making a Branch Structure a legal reality

This Annual Conference notes:

· Annual Conference 2010 instructed that the necessary constitutional amendments to ensure the Branch structure of Woodcraft Folk is made legally sustainable be brought to this Conference in 2011

· subsequent legal advice to General Council is that this aim is best achieved by incorporation into a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee

· the process of drawing up the necessary legal documents to incorporate is a complex one, and has not yet been completed.

This Annual Conference therefore instructs General Council to bring suitable new Constitution documents for approval to Annual Conference in 2012.

  • Campaign on visa regulations

This Annual Conference instructs General Council to facilitate the organisation of a campaign, by any interested Members, Groups and Districts of the Woodcraft Folk, to change the regulations which allow the UK Border Agency to refuse visas to members of delegations who wish to attend events, such as International Camps, run by Woodcraft Folk and other similar charitable organisations.

  • Free Education for All

This Annual Conference notes the way in which children and young people have come together to speak out against the outrageous rises in tuition fees for university students, the scrapping of the Education Maintenance Allowance, the covert marketisation of our schools, and the cuts in services to the population. This Annual Conference reaffirms its commitment to free education for all, and also commits itself to supporting the most needy through schemes such as Education Maintenance Allowance.

This Annual Conference sends a message of support to all those fighting to defend education and services for all, congratulates the Woodcraft Folk for standing alongside young people who choose to protest against these measures, and calls upon the General Council to continue to provide the excellent support to our members who wish to have their voices heard, including as appropriate and possible: transport, food, safe accommodation and anything else deemed helpful.

  • Consultation on support for campaigning

This Annual Conference notes:

· The magnificent protests by students and other young people about changes in education funding

· The highly successful involvement of Woodcraft Folk at both local and national levels in support of these young people

· That this has revealed that Woodcraft Folk is, effectively, the only progressive young people’s movement in the UK

· That this both offers opportunities and creates responsibilities for our movement

This Annual Conference instructs General Council to engage as a matter of urgency in a wide-ranging consultation throughout the movement as to how best to take this opportunity forward, to circulate ideas and to produce proposals for concrete actions.

  • Remove requirement to send Convening Notice by post

This Annual Conference resolves to amend: Constitution U (Notices) (1)

(1) Any notice required to be served on any member of the Woodcraft Folk shall be in writing and shall be served by the General Secretary or the General Council on any member either personally or by sending it through the post in a prepaid letter addressed to such member at his or her last known address in the United Kingdom, and any letter so sent shall be deemed to have been received within 10 days of posting.

To read:

(1) Any notice required to be served on any member of the Woodcraft Folk shall be in writing and shall be served by the General Secretary or the General Council. Notices maybe served:

i. personally; or

ii. by post in a prepaid letter to a UK address supplied by the member; or

iii. by electronic form to an e-mail address supplied by the member;

Notice shall be deemed to be received immediately when noticed is served personally or by electronic form or within 10 days of posting.

  • Emergency Motion: Sexism

This Annual Conference notes the leaflet distributed regarding alleged sexism in Woodcraft Folk and that we live in a sexist society and that this impacts on our movement and all our members. This Annual Conference considers this is totally counter to the Aims, Principles and Programme of the Woodcraft Folk.

This Annual Conference congratulates the DFs who have engaged in activities to counter this phenomenon. Whilst this Annual Conference is unable to confirm or deny these allegations, this Conference continues to be committed to:

  1. equality of access to Woodcraft Folk by all

  2. challenging all forms of discrimination

  3. supporting all people who suffer discrimination

This Annual Conference instructs General Council to:

  1. look at this issue

  2. publicise and put in place guidance for members on how to get support when facing discrimination

  3. initiate a programme of educational activities to promote gender equality