Thursday, 11 April 2013

Bristol Brownies : post two

This is the email response from Girlguiding to my initial email.  

Dear Lucas

Thank you for your email. As an organisation with over 500,000 Members across the UK, Girlguiding receives a substantial amount of attention via social media and blogging sites. We are therefore unable to respond directly to comments on unofficial Girlguiding blogs, websites or social media pages.

The retirement policy was changed in January 2011 with a transition period between January and April 2011 in order to give Leaders the chance to plan and make arrangements for these changes. Girlguiding appreciates all of the hard work that Leaders put into volunteering and aims to be inclusive of all, regardless of age. Prior to 2011 all Volunteers over the age of 65 were required to retire, the current retirement policy allows Volunteers over the age of 65 to continue volunteering in any role except for the role of Unit Leader, Volunteers over 65 are able to continue volunteering in roles such as Assistant Leader and Commissioner if they wish to.

If you have any specific questions about the retirement policy please feel free to get in touch and I will try to answer them for you!

Kind Regards

So, they would like specific questions regarding their retirement policy ~ who am I to disappoint?

Thank you for your response to my email, and for the information you kindly provided regarding the retirement policy.  I appreciate your willingness to enter into a dialogue, and have, as requested, some specific questions regarding the policy:

Question One ~ How do you reconcile your aim "to be inclusive of all", and yet require people to step down from positions of authority because of their age?

Question Two ~ Prior to 2011, when was the last time that the retirement policy been reviewed?

Question Three ~ Why was the decision made to allow women to remain involved past the age of 65?

Question Four ~ How extensive was the consultation made prior to the changes in 2011?

Question Five ~ What duties are specific to the role of Brown Owl that you (as an organisation) feel differentiates this position from others which women can continue to be involved past their 65th birthday?

Although I understand the scale of your organisation, I would like to request again that you read this, in order to more fully understand the reasons I am in contact with you.  In case your ICT restrictions prevent access, I have included a text only version at the end of this email.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Thank you to everyone who has been in touch, please leave a comment or email me a comment, and ask your family and friends and neighbours and work colleagues to take a look!

{Have I offended Twitter in some way, or are you having twitter trouble too?}

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