12 May 2021
Gwent branch chair Steve Thorpe says the Police Federation’s upcoming Election Cafés are not to be missed by members thinking of becoming Federation workplace representatives.
The cafés are an informal online event for members, particularly from under-represented groups, who are thinking of becoming a rep when the election process starts on 1 July.
They aim to help members find out more about the role and to showcase how reps and self-organised groups are vital in supporting the Federation’s 130,000 members across England and Wales.
Steve said: “Any members who are thinking of standing to become a rep at the upcoming elections should not miss the Election Cafés, they will be really useful.
“There’s a real variety of speakers lined up, with experiences and expertise from across the Federation, who will give an insight into everything that goes into being a rep.”
He added: “If members think they can represent and support their colleagues, I would encourage them to put themselves forward for election. Being a rep provides an opportunity to really grow your skillset, to learn more about key areas of policing and to help your colleagues when they really need some support or advice.
“There really is nothing more satisfying than helping a colleague in whatever way, with a piece of advice or through a lengthy investigation. It can be really rewarding.”
The Election Cafés take place on:
Tuesday 18 May from 10am to 11.30am
Tuesday 25 May 25 from 2pm to 3.30pm and
Tuesday 1 June from 6pm to 7.30pm.
The busy agenda starts with welcomes from John Apter, the national Federation chair, and vice-chair Ché Donald.
There are tasters from Belinda Goodwin, National wellbeing lead and women’s group secretary, and Zac Mader, Police Association strategic leads secretary and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and BAME belief secretary.
In the main session of the Election Café, Peggy Lamont, national Federation equality lead, will talk about the importance of officers putting themselves forward to become Fed reps.
There will also be inputs from leaders from the Federation’s self-organised groups.
The events end with a Q & A and a recap of what’s been shared and learned.