ELECTIONS to the London Freelance Branch Committee for 2012 take place at the Branch AGM on 9 January (see above). Full LFB members are encouraged to stand.
If you're hesitating about standing for election, contact a current committee member (see www.londonfreelance.org/lfb/contact.html) for advice on what it entails. Committee members are on hand at December's LFB party to chat about it.
Branch committee members are all working journalists - assisted by John Toner and Pamela Morton, the NUJ's full-time Freelance Organisers.
The Branch offers a free National Centre for Voluntary Organisations course in minute-taking, for members considering standing for Secretary, or supporting the Secretary with occasional minute-taking during Branch meetings.
Support in getting involved
The committee meets at the NUJ HQ at Headland House every month, on the Monday evening following the Branch meeting. Committee meetings last a maximum of two hours. We expect all committee members to commit themselves to striving towards an ideal of turning up to at least six of the 11 committee and Branch meetings a year.
The present committee offers support and mentoring for new committee members. This could take the form of advice and an explanation of what's involved, shadowing Branch officers to see what they do, or time set aside by outgoing committee members once they've stepped down to show new committee members the ropes.
Other support available to prospective committee candidates includes, we expect, a free two-day NUJ Training course for freelance activists and officers during 2012: see the link below.
If you're very new to LFB, you may prefer to come to a few meetings and see how it works before approaching the committee about standing.