March - April Mag Issue 24 FINAL - Page 7

sure our members do also.
Not only does Graham represent region one
(Scotland) at National Council but Graham
I am sure there will be a case to say it is not travels the length and breadth of all AVRO
enough, but we must give credit that some
regions meeting members and assisting
have at least acted and done what they can. them throughout. Graham is currently making
AVRO will continue to work closely with all
contact with all of our members to hear
industry parties and will do its level best to
from you the true situation on the ground
achieve the best financial support possible
and Graham is reporting directly back to me
but I would strongly implore on you all
and the team at National Council so we are
individually, if you need financial support to
fully abreast and have to hand the critical
continue providing services to individual work information to ensure our members are
providers then make a strong and detailed
business case to them, do not be afraid to
ask but ensure you present clearly what you Additionally, we have launched an all industry
need and why you need it.
survey; this was launched yesterday and
already we have had over one hundred
In addition to that I cannot recommend
replies in the first few hours. The data we
strongly enough that you take up the
collect is vital to strengthening AVRO’s hand
financial support offered by your respected
when we represent you, our members, in any
Governments. Agree or disagree I do feel
discussions. If you have not already, please
that our Governments have stepped up to the visit AVRO website and social media pages
challenges this situation presents, and they
for the link to the survey and complete.
have gone the extra mile. Again, it could be
said it is not enough, but still I recommend
With that I would like to remind everyone that
to you in the strongest terms, take full
AVRO remains fully operational throughout
advantage of what is there to support you.
and we are running on full steam. Although
the AVRO office is closed, our employees
At the coal face
are working from home seamlessly and we
I more than anyone am keen to ensure we
are continuing to represent our members and
are representing our members and taking
lead the conversation.
forward their views, professional experience
and needs and this is why we have put in
On the subject of the AVRO office, I cannot
place the vital communication links to ensure let the opportunity pass to express my thanks
we can hear from our members and hear
for the work and support from Sara, Mandy
from the coal face. Many of you will know
and Jazzy during this time and further to that
Graham Steedman, our Business Consultant. I must give special recognition to Sara. Many
of you will know Sara well and she has been
with AVRO for over twenty six years and I
am sure my colleagues on National Council,
past and present, will agree that without Sara
AVRO simply would not be able to do what it
does so my true thanks and appreciation go
out to Sara and her team and I am sure our
members will join me in that.
Please keep your reports and suggestions
coming in, it is your input that is driving our
focus and we are committed to doing the best
we can, we have got more to do and a long
way to go. We have aimed to get as much
information out to you as possible and as
much as possible within AVRO News that is
of use and relevant to the current situation all
of which I hope is of assistance and support
to you.
May I finish on a personal note on behalf of
myself and my colleagues in AVRO National
Council, these are unprecedented times and
we are presented with so many challenges
on so many levels. I do very much hope that
you, your families and those closest to you
can remain safe and healthy and I very much
hope that we can all overcome this terrible
We wish you all the very best.
Stephen Smith
AVRO President
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