The Legion’s Five Year Strategy
The Royal British Legion’s Director General has announced the launch new five year strategy. The strategy sets out the purpose and aims of the Legion.
Our aim must be to help ensure that those we serve can find the range and quality of support they need, when they need it. We must also ensure the enduring responsibility of Remembrance is understood and embraced across our nation and the torch of Remembrance is passed from generation to generation.
The new 5 year “Gateway” Strategy follows very simply from that purpose and those aims. The first step in that strategy is the creation of Veteran’s Gateway. The Legion is the leading partner in that consortium which, through collaboration with other charities and partners, will provide a first port of call for all veterans to find the support they need, from whoever is best placed to provide it.
To support this new strategy there are four priorities:
- Those we support – delivering the support they need through the Gateway Strategy
- Taking 2018 and the centenary commemorations as an extraordinary opportunity to engage our nation in Remembrance and to reaffirm its enduring importance
- Working with and supporting our Membership
- Developing our operational excellence, that is building an efficient and effective organisation that gives great service both to those we support and the organisation itself With the help of trustees and staff the Director General has created a new Executive Board structure to directly drive the new strategy and deliver on these priorities. Three new Directorates have been established.
• Director of Membership & Volunteering
• Director of Strategy, Policy and Campaigning
• Director of Information, Systems and Data Management.
Director for Membership & Volunteering will help us give proper focus and support to both our members and our volunteers. Whilst sometimes members and volunteers are the same they can also be different – but both are part of that national network and both are vital to our work and who we are.
Membership Update - October 2016 Renewals & Lapsing Process
To date over 188,000 members have renewed from the October 2016 renewals period. 26,800 members have yet to renew. A number of payments are still being processed, as a result the Membership Council have agreed a provisional schedule for lapsing members:
- 13-16 February - the lapsing notifications are sent
- Members will be notified that their membership expired on 31 Dec 2016
- They will be asked to pay over the phone using a credit/debit card, or pay by PayPoint using the bar code printed on the letter.
- They will have until 1 March to make the payment
- Those members still outstanding will be lapsed from the central database on 10 March.
If you have any questions about the actions above, please contact your Membership Support Officer.
Membership Documents in the Public Domain
Following a series of enquiries it has been agreed that the Membership Documents Area will not be password restricted. Members will now be able to access policy documents and forms from the following public link:
www.britishlegion.org.uk/membership/already-a-member/membership-documents/ Annual Conference
Please be aware of the following items relating to the Annual Conference must be posted or emailed to the Annual Conference Administrator and received by 5pm on Friday 10 February 2017 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org ):
- · Charter Motions and Motions
- · Nominations for Conference Committee
- · Nominations for Place of Conference 2021
Delegate applications must also be submitted to the Annual Conference Administrator by 5pm on Friday 24 March 2017.
Office 365 Updates
With the redesign of the MAP homepage, users now have access to a more interactive Membership news area, Help documents that are all in the process of being updated and access to our relatively new social networking application, Yammer.
Yammer has seen a recent increase in users joining who want a place where they can communicate and collaborate with branches worldwide. It has also been a great communication channel between the branches and the Membership Development team. A user policy has been created which all members must agree to before using Yammer.
Lastly more and more branches are registering for the Branch Community Support initiative. This will give us the opportunity to produce statistics on the activities of our branches and how successful it is becoming.