The results have now been collated and the NFWI Board of Trustees has agreed the final resolutions that will be taken to the Annual Meeting. The following two shortlisted resolutions will now be put to a vote of delegates at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Liverpool:
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 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.
Final briefing notes and further resources to help you and your WIs debate these resolutions will follow in the March mailing. They will also be made available at the end of February on the WI Moodle and the NFWI website.
Members now have the opportunity to educate themselves and debate these issues. All WIs get one vote for each resolution, and need to vote FOR or AGAINST each resolution.
This means that WIs can vote FOR both resolutions if they support them both, or AGAINST both if they support neither – WIs should NOT vote for one resolution over the other, but need to look at both resolutions independently and vote FOR or AGAINST each of them. If both resolutions achieve a majority of votes FOR, then the NFWI will pass both resolutions, and the NFWI will campaign on BOTH issues.