The presentation slides from 11 Mar at Hemingford Abbots can be downloaded from the links below. The single slide showing some significantly incorrect figures which had been circulated to attendees beforehand (and which was included in the presentation only to point out the error) has been removed.
The last posting, the report of the trustees’ meeting on 21 January, referred to a series of regional meetings being held. There have now been three, in Bristol, Gloucester and Derby, and the next one is near Cambridge, on March 11. Representatives of nine panels are expected to attend. Decisions about the central issue being discussed, the future funding of Remap, will not be made until all the meetings are complete, but one thing that is emerging clearly is the strong feeling that members place the highest importance on better communications with head office to give them more understanding of what the trustees and central staff are doing.
We are therefore planning to put a bulletin on this electronic newsletter every week to give members an overview of what is going on, along with detail where we can. If any member would like to know more about any item do please contact us, by ringing 0845 1300 456 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Firstly, I am sure everyone would like to congratulate Dave Eate, the West Kent volunteer who is raising money for Remap by doing a sponsored stand. Dave’s objective was to stand for one minute – a considerable undertaking for him, given the disabilities he is left with after being paralysed from the armpits down in a car accident 3 years ago. The feat was achieved on 23 February, and Dave exceeded his target by standing for one minute and forty seconds – a brilliant achievement. You can visit Dave’s webpage at http://www.justgiving.com/david-eate. A film crew from K College, which is producing a fundraising DVD for Remap, was present to capture Dave’s achievement.
Plans to revive closed panels are high on the list of trustee aspirations for Remap, and Maurice Elliot, the chairman of the Derby panel and potential new trustee, is spearheading the creation of a new panel to replace the long-closed one in Sheffield. Moving offshore, there are moves afoot in Guernsey to create a Remap panel, which could be separate but part of the extended family, as Scotland and the Isle of Man are, or could be a full Remap member. Both options are being considered by the people in Guernsey responsible for this initiative.
Article in IMechE magazine
Trustee Fred Maillardet has recently been successful in getting an excellent article about Remap into Professional Engineering, published by IMechE, the mechanical engineers’ institute. Fred is getting a stream of enthusiastic responses from readers saying they want to be involved, and we know of one panel that has already signed up a new member on the strength of it. The IET, the elctrical engineers’ equivalent of IMechE, is also very interested in working with Remap and an article is to appear shortly in their magazine. They want both to get new volunteers for us from among their membership and obtain help from panels for people with disabilities looked after by their benevolent fund .
On the administrative front, the panel returns have now been sent out. If you have not received one, please contact Jill Harkett. The need to have them returned at the earliest possible opportunity is even more pressing this year, given that we now have to report to Companies House as well as the Charity Commission.
As a reminder, the AGM is being held this year at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull on 25 June. Like last year, we intend to hold a panel chairmen’s meeting after the AGM to discuss important Remap matters. Please let us know as soon as possible if you will be attending, and if you do this by email, please copy it to firstname.lastname@example.org whoever is the main recipient of your email. This reduces the chance of information about attendees slipping through the net.