May meeting - CROP

Friday, 20 May 2011 § 0

Last night was our general meeting for May. Our monthly meetings give us a chance to have a proper natter and do some crafting, and because numbers aren't limited as in workshops, we can have fun with as many lovely ladies as we want!

We start off by getting drinks from the bar, obviously, and we would usually have lots of cake, but it seems no-one has been baking recently as we were without sweet treats. Or are we on a group diet and no-one told me?!

So we began as usual, with the business - minutes from the last meeting, finance report, news, gossip, scandal, intrigue etc etc. We had lots to talk about which is great as it means Buns & Roses is doing more great stuff. Highlights include: a shared stall at Leeds Kirkgate Market, make and take session at the I Love West Leeds Festival, 1950s and 1980s parties and much, much more.

If you don't know us, left to right is Gloria (Secretary), Zoe (Secetary), Hayley (Treasurer), Georgiana (President), me - Gemma (Vice President).

One important thing all our members had to do last night was vote on the resolutions that are being put forward to the AGM this year. They are regarding mega farms and library closures. I'll be at the AGM next month so I'll report back.

After all the official-ness we had time for another drink and a bit of craft. Here's Helen teaching Tessa how to knit.

Finally, our speaker for the evening was Hilary from the charity CROP - Coalition for the Removal of Pimping.

CROP is the only UK organisation to specialise in working alongside the parents, carers and wider family members of child sexual exploitation victims. Hilary told us about the work of the organisation and what we could do to help.

As part of the talk we had a real-life scenario to consider. Here is Sam reading one of the parts.

It was a very informative talk and certainly opened our eyes to the problem. You can find out more at the CROP website.

We finished off the evening with a bit more crafting and then it was home to bed.

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