Northern Friends Peace Board members will be gathering via video conference on 20th June, the date on which we had planned to be meeting in Glasgow in person. Our previous meeting was at the end of February, a short time before things changed so dramatically in line with public-health measures.
NFPB members have had two less formal online gatherings since, the second of which was to explore with trustees our vision and priorities for the future. That review meeting last month had also been some time in the planning; the pandemic and resulting disruption have given particular focus to what our trustees had already identified as a challenging time. NFPB members will be receiving an initial report of the review process.
NFPB’s Coordinator, Philip Austin, has been working from home since the middle of March, whilst our Admin Assistant, Steven Waling, has been furloughed, supported by the Government’s Job Retention Scheme.
Whilst we moved to the new working arrangements with considerable uncertainty about how it was going to be, things have turned out to be busy and with plenty to get on with. In particular, collaboration with a variety of networks and groups has proved easier to arrange, with technology breaking down the barriers of geography in enabling people to meet together. We have also valued the opportunity to collaborate with Quaker Peace and Social Witness in contributing to their Summer Series of online events.
Trustees and NFPB members as a whole will be carefully considering how our work could and should develop during the second half of the year. We will have to adapt and respond, whilst taking forward the vision and concerns that we have discerned. Thank you to all those who have continued to support us.