Thursday, 23 July 2015

Member Conference 10th October

We have been talking this year about the changes in National Office and too often that has felt like giving bad news. This year the format of events surrounding the AGM changed. Instead of having the networking event bolted on this year sees the first member conference being launched on 10th October at the University of Warwick and this feels like a really positive step forward.

This is something that I have been very keen to see to build better and more productive relationships and connections between our staff in National Office and our members. So here is some information and I hope that we will see many of you there.

This is the link to register your attendance:

There will also be information in the edition of Cycle coming out this week.

In summary (overall and then summarising each strand of workshops):
Cycling as a spectator sport and as sport to take part in has won over many more hearts in recent years, with some of our greatest British cyclists becoming household names too. So what could all of this mean for CTC? How could we benefit from this surge in public support for cycling? Is there a way that we could harness this admiration for the good of cycling? Can we turn would-be-cyclists into always-cyclists? Does this public support make for fewer barriers to cycling?
Our members’ conference is designed to answer these questions and more. We will explore how CTC could benefit most from this bicycle boom - We will showcase our successes and share our challenges with you. We also hope to inspire and equip you with new ways to support CTC’s work at a local level.
We are running six workshops as part of our members' conference. These are all designed to share best practice examples from local groups, members and volunteers, and to equip you with the resources and knowhow to take forwards great support and promotion of CTC in your area. Three will be held during the morning session and three during the afternoon session. As the sessions run at the same time, you can only select one morning workshop and one afternoon workshop.
In our Campaigns Workshops, we will be introducing you to the tools and methods you could use to make positive changes happen for cycling. Whether that's securing greater funding investment in infrastructure, improving and standardising the design standards used by local authorities when they create new cycling spaces, or taking action on cases of injustice through the courts, we will be showcasing our success stories and showing how to take positive steps locally in support for cycling.
In our workshops on making cycling accessible and welcoming to all, we will be joined by some of our colleagues who have taken part in either delivering or benefitting from our inclusive cycling projects. They will be telling us about the positive impact of our work on them and on their local communities. We will also be setting out some simple ways for you to make cycling accessible to all in your area.
In our workshops on promoting cycling in your local area, we will be talking about some of the great successes our local cycling groups and affiliate groups have experienced in recent months in recruiting new members to join them on their rides, and on their positive efforts to raise the profile of cycling and CTC in the local media. We will also be sharing some new resources and 'how to' guides to show you the simple steps to take to create a new CTC group.

Jaki Lowe
East Midlands Councillor and Trustee

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