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Meeting of Patcham Labour Party and AGM

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Dear member,

Please find attached the agenda for the next branch meeting of Patcham Labour Party. The meeting will be the AGM of our branch and will include the re-election of delegates to the General Committee of Pavillion Constituency as well as branch officers.

If you would like to be considered for the former, please send me an email with your name asap.

Thank you and best wishes,

Fern Corns

Patcham branch secretary

GC delegate


Agenda for Patcham Labour party Branch meeting AGM Thursday 27th April

1. Apologies

2. Minutes from last meeting

3. Election of branch officers

4. Nomination of delegates

5. Officers' reports

6. Speakers for future meetings.

7. AOB

8. Date of next meeting May 25th.

NB If there is time Sue will talk about the work of RISE (domestic abuse charity) in Brighton.



Patcham Branch LP Meeting 30th March 2017

Minutes

1. Present: Jon Hoyle, Joe Hoyle, Jill Spedding, Stu Richardson, Rachel Oates, Macran Ramdeo, Christine Moody, Joan Oram, Denyse Green, Prue Baker, Stan Baker, D. Greening, D. Green, R. Hill, D. Hill, Tony Meadows, Anne Meadows, Peter Hicks, Sue Hadfield.

1) Apologies from: Tony Leonard; Fern Corns and Judith Lawson.

2) Sue Hadfield (acting Chair) gave a brief report on the last GC (PCLP) meeting and distributed a copy of the minutes for members to read. She reported that briefings being run before or after GC meetings are open to all members (but not the actual meetings). There are concerns that with such a large membership in Pavilion, accommodation is a potential problem.

3) SH pointed out that the next branch meeting will be the AGM. She hoped the business side of the meeting would not take long and offered to give a talk on her recent 'Domestic Abuse - Women's Aid - RISE - 'Ask Me' training course. This was accepted. Other ideas for meetings were that Lloyd Russell-Moyle should return to talk about BREXIT. This would be a follow up to an excellent, previous talk.

4) A brief discussion took place concerning the favoured day for meetings - should they alternate between Wednesdays and Thursdays? A vote decided to keep Thursday as the day for meetings.

Main Business

SH welcomed speakers Cathy Bunker and Andy Winter. CB had just completed her MA Thesis 'Hidden Homeless Women' and her research found some shocking evidence. Concentrating on Women and Homelessness, Violence and Women and the Emotional Effects she found; life expectancy of women living rough is low, c.45 years (roughly 6 years sleeping rough); for every one women visible in the street, 4 are 'hidden'; 68% of women sleeping rough have experience physical or sexual violence. CB then described the strategies homeless women employ e.g. 'sofa-surfing', sleeping during the day e.g. restaurant toilets, and the use of alcohol and drugs. Andy Winter (head of the Brighton Housing Trust) called it a 'groundbreaking' piece of research and CB expressed her hopes for publication.

AW pointed out how since 2010 the numbers of rough sleepers in Brighton had doubled. He outlined how people come to be on the streets - ex-Military, family breakdown, domestic violence, mental health problems and the issue of short-term tenancies.. The average rent in Brighton for a 1-bedroom flat is £971. housing benefit is only up £612. AW described the work of the 'First Base Day Centre'.

What is to be done? Both speakers said:

1) Pressurize local and national politicians. Write letters rather than e-mails.

2) Support local organisations directly. They constantly need a stream of funding to keep services going. (Arguments for/against giving money directly to the homeless on the streets were discussed). For example, the BHT is having a 'cycle-challenge' fund raiser at the Velodrome in Preston Park on 25th June, 2017.

3) Acknowledge people who are on the streets. Smile at them, talk to them. Many have low self-esteem and courtesies help them feel 'human'.

AOB

SH announced that Helen Clift, LP member and a driving force behind the establishment of the Old Boat Corner Community Centre has sadly died. Our commiserations go to her family.

DONM

27th April 2017. Officers will be elected. Current GC delegates will be re-elected. If they wish to continue please inform the acting Secretary, Fern Corns.

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