With all this going on I haven’t had a great deal of time to review the workings of our union. My initial thoughts are that there are a lot of good people, officers and officials, doing a lot of good work on all our behalfs. That said, my initial observations are that some of that work needs to be a little more coordinated, a smidgen more directed and a pinch more efficient. I will pass on my thoughts and suggestions before handing over to Yvonne Pattison and Chris Winters at the AGM.But then there's this from Tania Bassett:-
She also told delegates: ‘Napo members also work with those in the community that are being hardest hit by this coalition’s Dickensian approach to welfare. ‘The befriending funds that Probation has historically used to help clients in an emergency are now being used to help them pay for basics such as electricity. Probation offices up and down the country have a food box in the reception where staff can donate each week to help supplement the local food banks on which many of our clients rely’.Whilst it's undoubtedly true that many probation offices have boxes for donations of food by staff, weren't 'Befriending Funds' dispensed with years ago, along with pool tables, cups of tea and 'advise, assist and befriend'?