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Napo, like all trade unions is only as strong as its members. Therefore, it is important that we encourage as many members as possible to get involved in the structures of Napo and the work the union does for members.

Napo is a member led union. AGM is the supreme policy making body, and unlike other unions all members are entitled to attend and discuss the current issues facing the union. It is our members who form our policy and it is also our members who help put that policy into practice between AGMs.

Each week we will cover a particular aspect of the work of Napo’s committees. This week we will look at Napo’s Campaigning Committee.

What is the Campaigning Committee responsible for?

Campaigning Committee takes responsibility for leading and working on campaigns and for Napo’s work as a pressure group in the fields of criminal justice, social policy and family law.

Main issues covered include Napo’s resources and workload campaigning, criminal justice legislation, law reform, sentencing practice, prison conditions, employment of ex-offenders, children’s issues, housing policy, immigration policy, mental health and contact with a wide range of affiliates.

Generally, this committee picks up resolutions from AGM that call for Napo to campaign on issues of concern to members and takes them forward; but the Committee can also identify issues and initiate campaigns between AGMs.

Napo is a campaigning union and an essential part of our work is to secure the best outcomes for members and service users in all areas. We are seeking new members to be part of Campaigning Committee who are passionate and happy to actively work with other committee members to promote and protect our profession and services. Much of our work is undertaken remotely with teleconferencing and electronic contact and so can be done from any location. Be part of the change you want to see, join Campaigning Committee! Tina Williams, National Vice-Chair and Campaigning Committee Link Officer

How do I join Campainging Committee?

The committee has 8 places. To become a member you must be nominated by your Napo branch. Once nominated, your branch is required to complete and counter-sign a branch nomination form. Your nomination is then put forward to the first meeting of the National Executive Committee who will ratify your nomination. However, if there are more nominations than places, the NEC will decide who gets selected by taking a vote. 50% of the places are reserved for women, to ensure that we achieve gender balance on the committee.

Who runs the nomination process?

The nomination process is administered and co-ordinated nationally by Napo Head Office.

Is there a term limit on how long you can be a Campaigning Committee member?

Yes. A member can only serve a maximum of five consecutive years on this committee.

Where do I get further information?

You can further information about this role by contacting Ranjit Singh at rsingh@napo.org.uk or Tina Williams twilliams@napo.org.uk

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