Committee Roles

Chair

  • Act as the main spokesperson for the Branch to members, the public and the press
  • Work in close collaboration with the Branch Organisers and other committee members to inform and deliver branch strategy.
  • Attend key local organiser meetings
  • Chair branch meetings
  • Identify and help mentor key active members
  • Sit on the Central Union Executive Committee as a FCW Branch representative with voting rights.
    • Attend monthly meeting
    • Represent the views of of the branch and members to the EC
    • Report summary of meeting back to Branch Committee

Vice Chair

  • Act as the spokesperson for the Branch to members, the public and the press in coordination with the Chair
  • Work in close collaboration with the Chair, Branch Organisers and other committee members to inform and deliver branch strategy
  • Attend key local organiser meetings
  • Lead branch campaign and lobbying subcommittee and activities
  • Chair branch meetings where ther Chair is unable to attend
  • Identify and help mentor key active members

Secretary

  • Ensure all branch business is performed according to union rules and branch constitution.
  • Coordinate Branch Meetings
    • Sending meeting reminders & calls for motions/papers
    • Setting and circulating agenda & papers
    • Circulating meeting link 
    • Ensure minutes are taken
    • Circulating minutes
  • Sit on the Central Union Executive Committee as a FCW Branch representative with voting rights.
    • Attend monthly meeting
    • Represent the views of of the branch and members to the EC
    • Report summary of meeting back to Branch Committee

Treasurer

  • Manage day to day finance of the branch, processing payments as necessary and appropriate.
  • Coordinating with and updating central Union Treasurer as required.  
  • Provide an ongoing overview and forecast  of branch finances, including raising concerns in a timely manner, to ensure the branch remains operational and sustainable at all times.
  • Deliver monthly balance sheet to committee
  • Provide annual budget plan for branch in line with branch strategy

Co-Comms Officer:

  • Work in close collaboration with the Chair, Branch Organisers and PR team to inform and deliver a branch media & comms strategy
  • Share access to branch social media accounts – actively post and engage with members on social media and share, respond and engage with press and social media around UK foster care issues as appropriate.
  • Work with branch coordinators and PR team to identify and take action on press opportunities.
  • Engage with coordinators, caseworker, organisers and members to create a bank of foster care spokespersons available for press interview / comment.

Diversity Officer (Women, LGBQT, Disabled, Neuro-Diverse) 

  • To oversee a subcommittee formed of members representing diverse and/or less represented groupings within the membership. 
  • To Act as the first point of contact and lead on issues at branch level relating specifically to issues raised by the subcommittee 
  • Actively engage with and support the national Women’s Officer on union-wide issues, projects and campaigns relating to this area.

BAME Officer 

  • Act as the first point of contact and lead on issues at branch level relating specifically to Black, Asian and minority ethnic members
  • Actively engage with and support the national BAME Officer on union-wide issues, projects and campaigns relating to these areas.
  • Sit on the Central Union Executive Committee as a FCW Branch representative with voting rights.
    • Attend monthly meetings
    • Represent the views of of the branch and members to the EC
    • Report summary of meeting back to Branch Committee

Member Development Officer

  • Provide welcome calls to new members to educate them on the union and branch and identify personal areas of interest and/or skills
  • Share access to foster support email – identify casework queries, make contact in the case of urgent enquiry / allegations and collect additional information if required. pass cases on to Case worker. 
  • Call cancelled members to ensure there has not been an error, collect feedback on why they have cancelled and reactivate if possible.
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