Edit to add – both resolutions were passed by the NFWI
This year there are two resolutions to be voted on separately – this means that one, both or neither could be passed at the NFWI AGM in June. There will be time during May’s meeting to discuss then vote on each separately.
Amanda Foley attended the LFWI Resolutions meeting on 19th April on our behalf in order to find out more about each resolution. Both resolutions were discussed and the following issues were raised.
Avoid food waste, address food poverty
‘The WI calls on all supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste, thereby passing surplus food on to charities thus helping to address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK.’
Representatives from ‘The Real Junk Food Project’ (http://therealjunkfoodproject.org/) presented and helped discuss this resolution.
- Will supermarkets sign up if it is only voluntary?
- Health and safety concerns were discussed, but these do seem to be covered.
- Waste from individual homes is a huge problem – could this be a different angle for a resolution, i.e. to re-educate everyone.
- Supermarkets often reject products before we see them – need to address that as well.
- There was concern that due to the wording this was not the right resolution for what is needed.
- Can the government do more to address food poverty?
Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia
‘We call upon HM Government and the NHS to provide facilities to enable carers to stay with people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia that have been admitted into hospital.’
Kathleen Storton from the Alzheimer’s Society spoke on this resolution. There was a great deal of discussion from WI members on this resolution, most of it positive.
- Family members know a lot more than strangers, so it would improve care and could benefit other patients by reducing disturbance from distressed dementia sufferers.
- There is already ‘John’s Campaign’ http://johnscampaign.org.uk/#/ which is supported in many hospitals, including the Royal Lancaster Infirmary which is already very good. If the resolution is passed, Lancaster Roses WI could find out more from the hospital.
- It was noted that this is not a criticism of the NHS or its staff and that nurses have stated that they would appreciate help in better caring for dementia sufferers.
- This resolution would tie in nicely with the Prime Minister’s ‘Dementia Challenge’ https://engage.dh.gov.uk/dementiachallenge/custom_layout/homepage/.
- Funding issues were discussed, although money has already been ring-fenced by the government.
- Could such a resolution place further burden on carers, with perceived pressure that they would have to care for dementia sufferers in hospital?
- Dementia disproportionately affects more women as they are more likely to get dementia than men and women are more likely to be carers for dementia sufferers, so this is an appropriate cause for the WI.
There is information available on the WI website https://www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns/resolutions-and-mandates/2016-annual-meeting-resolutions with plenty of associated resources, as well as information in April’s edition of WI Life Magazine listing some of the Pros and Cons of each resolution. We would encourage all members to read up on this before the meeting so that we can get through the business in timely fashion.