Women for Independence would like to invite all interested women to attend our National Council on 1st October. We would like to extend a particular welcome to women who voted No in the 2014 Independence Referendum but might now consider supporting independence.
National Council is free to attend, but a collection will be held.
Please note that the hall holds a maximum of sixty.
TRAVELLING TO THE VENUE; A train leaves Edinburgh at 0956, arriving at Gala at 1046. Note that the venue is also accessible for the bus station. There is a Pay & Display car park close to the venue.
CATERING; The area around the venue is well served with shops/cafes, or else bring a packed lunch. Local WFI women will try to make coffees, teas, cakes available.
DISABILITY; There is ramped entrance to the side of the building for wheelchair users. Unfortunately this venue does not have a hearing loop installed. Please let us know if this will impact upon your ability to take part. While this is a women-only event, disabled women who have a male PA are welcome to bring him. If you are bringing a PA please book two tickets. If you have any additional needs or questions concerning access, please get in touch and we will do all that we can to facilitate your participation.
CHAIR; Suzanne McLaughlin, WFI National Committee
AGENDA; This agenda is provisional and subject to further change.
11.15 WELCOME TO GALA - Joan Rowley
Joan is a retired Principal Teacher for Additional Support Needs. She has lived in the Scottish Borders for 17 years and was involved in the inception of WFI Borders. She been involved in politics, international solidarity and the struggle for social justice since she was a teenager.and is an active member of the SSP and RISE.
11.20 IMPACT OF BREXIT - Heather Anderson, Farmers for Yes
11.35 ARE WE READY FOR A SECOND INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM? - Rosemary Hunter, National Committee
11.50 - OPEN MIC SESSION - BREXIT & SCOTLAND
All welcome to make a contribution to the discussion, responding to the guest speakers or making additional points and suggestions.
12.30 BREAK FOR LUNCH
13.15 - CHOICE OF DISCUSSION GROUP
Lesley Orr and Sandra Mills from WFI National Committee
b) SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM
Kerry Gentleman of WFI Borders, Zara Kitson and Sue Lyons from WFI National Committee
c) Human Rights are Woman's Rights; How Human Rights Make a Difference to our Lives and Why We Must Protect Them
Marsha Scott and Maggie Mellon from WFI National Committee
14.15 Feedback from Discussion groups
15.00 CLOSING REMARKS & FINANCIAL APPEAL - Maggie Lennon, WFI National Committee
Galashiels TD1 1SP
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