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2017: Annual Meeting Resolutions

At the NFWI Annual Meeting in Liverpool on 7 June 2017 delegates voted to pass two resolutions, which will both now form the basis of new NFWI campaigns.

The NFWI will be putting together campaign action packs for both of these new campaigns that will include background to the campaign, as well as ideas for how members can get involved. If you would like a copy of either of the action packs, or more information please contact the Public Affairs Department.

Plastic soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans

Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans.

Ashley Green WI, Buckinghamshire Federation

The resolution was passed with 98.9% of the vote.

Votes cast in favour: 6132. Votes cast against: 157

Delegates voted to pass the above resolution which calls on the UK Government and industry to take action to address the problem of microplastic contamination of our oceans by supporting and developing innovative solutions. Microplastic fibres are released from synthetic clothing every time it is washed. As they are so small they aren't caught by filtration equipment and can end up in our oceans where they are ingested by marine wildlife.

Alleviating loneliness

This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local communities to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate support and assistance.  

North Cave WI, East Yorkshire Federation

The resolution was passed with 69.3% of the vote.

Votes cast in favour: 4334. Votes cast against: 1919

Delegates voted in support of this year’s NFWI resolution to ‘alleviate loneliness’. The resolution seeks to ensure that people who are lonely, or at risk of loneliness, are identified at the earliest possible opportunity to enable them to access the appropriate support and assistance. It calls on every WI and the NFWI to work in partnership with health and social care providers and their local communities to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness to help achieve this.

To find out more about both resolutions you can download:

Detailed resolution briefing notes

- Plastic Soup

- Alleviating Loneliness

PowerPoint presentations  

- Plastic Soup

- Alleviating Loneliness

Quizzes to test your knowledge

- Interactive online versions of both quizzes

- Paper copies of both quizzes

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