12 May 2021
The Police Federation of England and Wales is hosting a series of Election Cafés for members to find out more about becoming a Police Federation workplace representative.
“It’s not to be missed if you are thinking of standing to be a rep at our upcoming elections,” said Dyfed Powys branch secretary Roger Webb, “You can find out all about the role and how vital reps and our self-organised groups are in supporting members. They are certain to be really engaging and informative sessions.”
The online Election Cafés are aimed at members, particularly from under-represented groups, who are thinking of becoming a rep.
They will be informal events to help members find out more about the role and to showcase how reps and self-organised groups support the Federation’s 130,000 members across England and Wales.
Roger added: “I would encourage anyone who wants to be a rep to attend one of these sessions. Being a rep gives you the chance to represent your colleagues and people you know and help them in what can be difficult situations.
“And when you help an officer in need with a quick piece of advice or on a more lengthy matter, it is very 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, June 1 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 Federation 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 cafés end with a Q & A, a recap of what’s been shared and learned, and an explanation of the next steps to becoming a Fed rep.