Our RCM branches - bigger and better than ever!

By Nick Child, Senior Organiser (Networks) on 01 February 2019 RCM Branches

2018 was a busy year for our 200 RCM Branches, who have collectively celebrated #IDM2018, #NHS70 and #MSWWeek2018, while supporting new student midwives recruitment, holding maternity unit trolley dashes, study days and social events, as well as engaging with maternity teams across the UK.

RCM branches did all of this while also supporting our members collectively and individually every day. We are also growing the number of affiliations between branches and midwifery societies, which is helping us to reach out to student midwives and to get them involved in their local branch when they qualify.

We held hundreds of events over 2018 and ended the year with our highest-ever-recorded membership of over 48,000 members, with large increases in MSW and Student Midwife membership categories.

To say this it was a successful year would be an understatement. All of this could not have been achieved without the commitment and support of all our branch officers, stewards, health & safety reps, MSW advocates, learning reps, members and supporters.

We thank you all for everything you do, and also want branches to share their successes and great ideas with their peers at one of our upcoming RCM Activists' Conferences this June and November.

You can nominate your branch to present its success stories through a Pecha Kucha, where five selected branches at each conference will have six minutes to present.

Examples of successful activities include:

  • embedding Caring For You
  • successful working in your team
  • working collectively with other trade unions, as a staff-side chair or lead
  • securing funds for learning
  • holding a successful training/study day or event, or
  • a member recruitment campaign

Submission is via a brief PowerPoint presentation of no more than five slides with the names of those presenting on the day. Email your submission to activists@rcm.org.uk.

The Activists' Conferences will be held on the following dates:

  • 27 June at Kempton Racecourse (abstract deadline is 19 April with applicants notified by 3 May)
  • 12 November at Doncaster Racecourse (abstract deadline is 6 September with applicants notified by 4 October)

The winning presentation at each conference as decided by your peers will receive £100 in branch funds.

Here's hoping that 2019 will be even more successful! Be sure to speak to your RCM national/regional officer or organiser for any support you may need with your upcoming branch activities. We are here to help.

We have lots of useful resources to help you promote and raise the profile of your branch activities, including our revised and updated Branch Governance Handbook which are available on our Branch Resources page. Please note, only RCM Branch teams have access to this page.

Does your RCM branch have a success story to share? Have you managed to overcome a challenge or made a difference with your local RCM members? Please get in touch with your RCM organiser or contact us via email nick.child@rcm.org.uk.

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