Youth Officer Report- BCM Jan-2016

Matt Bellamy – Youth Officer Report- BCM Jan-2016

 

Introduction

 

Not much has happened since November regarding the Youth side of the union.

 

Facebook “Secret” Youth Officer Group

 

Jo Thair and Simon Sapper have created an invite only closed group on Facebook purely for ‘Youth Officers’. Not much happens on the group but recently they did hold a Q&A session with Dave Ward following his commitment to focus on the Youth of the union. Dave has committed to a shadowing and mentor scheme which is set to be rolled out to branches in the coming months. Dave ideally wants young activists and officers to work along side senior reps in branches so that when they leave or retire a new activist is trained enough to take there place.

 

What I have done regarding members since October

 

Since taking on the role of ‘Youth Officer’ I am keen to get youth membership levels back up. I emailed all unit reps back in November requesting their staff in post list, however so far (at the time of this report) out of the whole PE region I have only had replies from Orton Southgate, Werrington, Wisbech and Downham Market. I understand that some units were going through election at the time of my request. My major concerns are that King’s Lynn and Huntingdon are showing very low youth members. The highest number of members under 30 are at the Peterborough Offices, Spalding, Boston and Wisbech.

 

In the meantime in an effort to try and keep current members, I have set up a quarterly newsletter by email. I email around 100 members an update of anything that I think may effect them or be relevant. A copy of my most recent email is below so you can see the type of subjects included, so far I have only had one member opt out of these emails.If anyone wants to be added to my mailing list, then please let me know.

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Dear CWU Member,

 

Below is a special December Christmas edition newsletter, if you find the time to have a read through that would be great.

 

Christmas

Christmas pressure in Royal Mail is well underway now and it won’t be too long before it’s over and done with for another year, so hang in there.

This years Christmas bonus for Royal Mail employees will be paid on Friday 18th December and should be £100 plus a £100 incentive payment if eligible (pro-rata for part time members).

Christmas time can be a bad time of the year for some of us, especially those who are missing lost loved ones, some support and advice can be found here. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/bereavement/Pages/bereavement.aspx

 

THINK! DON’T DRINK & DRIVE

It’s that time of year again, the Xmas party is in full swing, that one drink has turned into two and you’ve got to drive home. But just remember, that person who crosses the road in front of you has someone waiting for them at home. Even if you feel fine, chances are your actually over the limit! And with Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire & Norfolk Police all participating in road blocks and random breath tests throughout December, it’s really not worth the risk!  It doesn’t matter how much that taxi costs, you’ll be safe knowing that when you wake up you still have a licence and your job and everybody is safe. This goes for the morning after as well.

 

Christmas & Debt

Everyone knows that Christmas is not the most cheapest of months and it’s important to mind your spending. Being too excessive when using a credit card or current account can seriously effect your chances of credit or finance, especially if your unable to pay it back in time. A missed payment on a loan, bill or phone contract will stay on your credit file for 12 months, and all lenders can see this. I know we all want to buy that perfect present but simple things like a ‘scratchcard’ or a shopping voucher can really go far. https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en

 

Car Insurance The government has recently increased the ‘Insurance Premium Tax’ (IPT) from 6% to 9.5% hitting young drivers the hardest.

 

Help to buy ISA’s

The government has introduced a ‘Help to Buy ISA’ scheme for First time buyers, the scheme (which most banks offer) allows you to put aside a certain amount of money each month and the government pay you a bonus for the amount saved. It’s worth looking into, if your looking for your first mortgage. Be advised that there is certain eligibility criteria to fill as well as the t&c’s, these can be found by clicking on the following links.  http://www.helptobuy.gov.uk/help-to-buy-isa/how-does-it-work … http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/savings/help-to-buy-ISA

National Postal Workers Day 

Monday 14th December is National Postal Workers Day (part of The Peoples Post campaign) this pinpoint initiative has been launched by the CWU and you will receive correspondence from HQ this week explaining this campaign in more detail.

Conclusion

I would like to wish all our members a great Christmas and a healthy and prosperous new year 2016!

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Objectives and Aims for 2016

 

l  Conduct a full Youth membership mapping exercise

l  Make unit visits to the offices with very low Youth membership levels

l  Express interest to attend General Conference in Bournemouth

l  Expand my membership contact list as some members email addresses are incorrect on the national database. This will require direct communication with the member or their representative

l  Attend the next National Youth Education Event

l  Enrol on the Mental Health Awareness Weekend at Alvescot.

l  Express interest for the 2016 CWU LGBT Conference

l  Attend and report back from Regional Youth Committee Meetings

This list is by no means exhaustive.

 

Sadly, I will not be able to attend this years Branch Youth Officer Forum in Newcastle as I am on holiday.

 

 

 

Thanks

I would like to use this opportunity to formally thank all members, reps and the branch committee for their continued support over the last few months, especially in the LGBT Advisory Committee ballot, sadly I only lost by 700 votes but I had a great deal of support from large branches thanks to our branch contacts and Youth Officers I have met at CWU organised events.

 

 

Any questions regarding this report please contact me by the details below…

 

 

 

 

Matt Bellamy

 

Youth Officer

mattbellamy.cwu@outlook.com