It’s been a little over a week since I last wrote to you, but it feels like it should have been a month! Since my last email, we’ve had:three Meet the CEO teleconferences, the registrations for Convention in Perth have begun to come in, and the next BC Update is being written.
I wanted to share with you some of the questions and ideas which have come out of the Meet the CEO teleconferences. Firstly though, I want to thank everyone who took the time out of their week to come along to the teleconferences. It’s not always easy to make time to connect with organisations like BCA in the rough and tumble of day to day life, so thank you to those who did, including the Board members who came along to hear what you had to say.
There were lots of great comments and ideas from all three sessions, but I thought today I’d give you a sense of three of the common threads:
Aged Care is important, what’s BCA doing?
When I last wrote to the list, one member responded to ask about aged care and what the current changes might mean for people over 65. This topic came up a lot in the teleconferences, and has been raised in other places too. This week Rikki Chaplin and I met with Vision Australia to begin to build our understanding of how the changes in aged care are affecting people who are blind or vision impaired. Thanks to the VA staff who are helping us on the path to making sure BCA is better placed to be a strong consumer voice in this area. We’ll keep digging for information and exploring the issues in aged care, then we’ll let you know what happens next.
It can be a challenge for people to be involved with Branches. What can we do differently?
Every teleconference talked about how useful branches can be, and also how challenging it can be to get people to come along to branch meetings. At each of the teleconferences, we talked about the changes to the Branch by-laws, which allow for a less formal ‘coordinator’ to manage groups without the need for some of the more formal processes you would need at a Branch. Some Branches and groups are already looking at this model to see if it would suit them.
Access to information matters within BCA too.
There was lots of good discussion about how BCA communicates with its members, and what it can do differently. Many people recognised that we now have a challenge in making sure that information we send out electronically – which can go out very quickly – is able to be accessed by people who don’t use computers or social media. We also had some interesting suggestions about how access to information might work better within BCA. How can we help people who aren’t at Conventions to participate? What can we do about using electronic voting methods in BCA?
We also had some feedback that it was very valuable to have the time to connect with BCA leadership in this way, and it would be good to continue it. Based on that feedback, we’ll run some more CEO teleconferences in the future. Stay tuned for more details!
As always, if you’d like to know more, or you have some ideas for us, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly or the dedicated team in the office.
Leah van Poppel
Chief Executive Officer
Blind Citizens Australia
Level 3, 247-251 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
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