Show Racism the Red Card had the pleasure of holding a fringe meeting at Napo’s 102nd AGM which took place in Scarborough.
It was a pleasure to be invited to speak at Napo’s AGM, the delegate members of Napo were welcoming, positive and in total solidarity with the aims and objectives of SRtRC
Laura Pidcock, SRtRC Education Team Manager
During this difficult time in Napo’s history, SRtRC were extremely pleased to attend our first Napo AGM. Napo’s General Secretary, Ian Lawrence spoke about the tough times Napo is currently experiencing, “Our members in Probation find themselves in a desperate struggle against the Condem Coalition’s disastrous change programme known as Transforming Rehabilitation… Napo members have shown their resolve and determination to defend their profession.”
He went on to say,”The AGM has an excellent line up of speakers… I wish you all an enjoyable, constructive, but most of all a unifying conference.”
The SRtRC fringe meeting on 9th October, which hosted around 50 delegates, discussed contemporary racism along with the rise and appeal of UKIP and also covered solutions and suggestions of how to tackle racism in modern society. The speakers at the fringe meeting also talked about political and societal underrepresentation of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in society.
Gary Bennett, former Sunderland player and SRtRC patron, contributed by giving a harrowing personal testimony of his life when he moved to the North East and lived in Sunderland. He talked of countless experiences of racism which made a huge impact upon him and yet inspired him to take positive action.
Gary Bennett extended his appreciation of Napo and the fringe attendees, “I was privileged to speak and overwhelmed with response and reaction to my speech.”
Laura Pidcock, SRtRC Education team Manager summed up her experience at the Napo AGM by saying, “It was a pleasure to be invited to speak at Napo’s AGM, the delegate members of Napo were welcoming, positive and in total solidarity with the aims and objectives of SRtRC. The attendance of Ian Lawrence at the SRtRC fringe meeting was symbolic of his commitment to equality as a whole. We extend our sincere thanks to Napo and Napo’s members. Many thanks also to Dave Adams, Vice Chair of Napo, for chairing our fringe meeting and creating a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere”
Napo is a trade union, professional association and campaigning organisation for probation and family court staff, read more about their ethos and work here.