Making your AGM accessible to members who can’t attend

Janis Parks, Chair of West London and Middlesex Branch, explains the background to the branch’s YouTube channel.

“Following a screening of I Am Breathing, Rachel Deane, who works in the media, offered her skills to the branch.  We discussed ideas about how to make our web pages more lively and agreed it would be good to have some filmed interviews – voxpops – with people who had accessed the branch’s services talking about how they had benefited and with volunteers talking about what they do and why.

“At the time we were planning our next AGM, at which Director of Research Development, Dr Brian Dickie, was to be the guest speaker.  With Brian’s permission, Rachel and a colleague videoed his presentation and they also filmed voxpops with a number of branch members and volunteers.

“Our aim was threefold: to make Brian’s presentation accessible to people not able to attend the meeting; to encourage people newly affected by MND to make contact with the branch; and to attract new volunteers.

“Brian has kindly agreed to speak at our 2016 AGM and we will film him again.  We’re also planning to record more voxpops but this time Anita Karunasaagarar, who manages our web pages, and Rachel will contact people ahead of time asking them to think about what they might say, so that we can get our key messages across more effectively.

“The branch is also more active on social media now and we will use Facebook and Twitter to publicise this new material more widely.”

If your branch or group would like any help or advice with filming the presentation at your AGM, contact your VDC.

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