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Q: How will conference work?
A: The main function of conference is to debate and vote on party policy but also to meet other members, engage in debates and come away feeling inspired by our speakers and panelists to be able to make change happen.
Throughout Friday evening and Saturday there will be over 30 talks, workshops and panel discussions. Sunday will be dedicated to party business where we will debate and vote on motions in order to decide party policy. To get the most out of Sunday read motions, emergency motions and amendments beforehand, and check out the standing orders so you know the rules. As a member you have the right to participate in debates, to vote on policy motions and to elect the representatives who will sit on the Policy and Steering Committees.
Q: What will I need to bring with me to register?
You will need to bring the following items to gain entrance to conference:
- Your booking QR code (printed or on your phone)
- Photo ID (driver's license, passport, validate card, EU identity card)
-If you have a concession ticket, make sure to bring proof of concession
Arriving at conference
When you arrive at Kettering Conference Centre you will be required to pass through security before registration. To ensure your visit is smooth, there will be bag checks by our security team on your way into the venue. We hope to make security as discreet as possible, but they are there to make sure any problems are dealt with swiftly.
You will be given a wristband once you've registered. Conference delegates are requested to wear conference wristband at all times. Please remember that delegate wristbands are non-transferable. Your wristband lets the WE team know whether you are a voting delegate or an observer. Members need to wear their wristband all weekend, as they allow you to vote during party business.
Q: Is the conference venue accessible?
A: The conference venue is fully accessible. We have asked all delegates to submit their accessibility needs to us in advance to ensure we can make all the suitable arrangements. If you have not already done so, please email [email protected]
Q: Can I get a large print version of the important documents?
A: Yes. We have plain large print versions of the programme, motions, amendments and standing orders for delegates who have told us they need them, and we will have a few spares. To be sure there are large print copies waiting for you, email [email protected] by Monday 4th at the latest.
Q: Will childcare be provided at conference?
A: We are providing free childcare for children under the age of 14 at conference. We have asked all delegates to submit their childcare requests to us in advance, the deadline for this was 17th August. If you have queries about your request please contact us.
Children are welcome to participate in conference activities unless otherwise stated on the agenda. We ask that children are supervised at all times, and that you bring activities to occupy them.
Q: Is the venue easy to find?
A: Kettering conference centre is less than 15 minutes walk away from Kettering Mainline Station. The route from the station will be well signposted, look out for signs to WEP Conference.
For other travel routes to Kettering conference centre visit our travel page for conference.
Q: Where can I get help or information at conference?
A: We have a fantastic team of volunteers who are giving their time and energy to help make this event a success. Volunteers will be wearing a purple Women’s Equality Party sash and are on hand to answer questions, give directions and provide whatever help is needed to ensure that you get the most out of this weekend. We will also have a staff member/ volunteer at the reception desk at all times throughout the weekend.
Q: What food will there be at conference?
A: There will be a selection of stalls with food from around the world including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options:
> Pop up Greek Street Food
> Lil Bug Coffee Company- coffee tea, sausage and bacon baguettes, cakes and muffins
> Il Peperone Piccante Pizza
> Patiala Xpress- Authentic Indian food
Q: Will conference be photographed / filmed?
A: Party conference will be photographed and filmed. Your image may appear in future publications, promotional material or online. By entering the venue, you implicitly authorise the potential use of your image in such material. However, if you have personal reasons not be included, please let us know as soon as you can and we will try our best to exclude you from official photographs or films taken.
Q: I haven't bought a comedy ticket and I don't want to miss the fun!
A: You could still get a free comedy ticket by offering to volunteer at conference. If you're interested, email [email protected] for more information. Tickets will stay on sale right until the show unless they sell out, so if you don't want to volunteer you can buy one here.
Q: Can my friend, partner or relative join me for the comedy night?
A: Yes they can, as long as we haven't sold out. Buy a comedy ticket here.
Q: How does Party Business on Sunday work?
A: To get the most out of your Sunday we recommend that you:
Check the agenda and make a note of the debates that matter most to you. Timings listed are approximate only - but the running order will stay the same.
Do your homework
Read motions, amendments and emergency motions in advance to ensure you fully understand their potential scope and impact. There will be limited printed copies available on site. If there is a motion for which you'd like to speak for or against, prepare your arguments and fill in a speaker's card when the debate starts. More about motion debates >>
Know the rules
All debates are ruled by the WE standing orders, including time limits for speeches, the powers of the Chair and the voting process. Familiarise yourself with the standing orders >>
Only party members can vote for motions or in the officer elections. To vote for or against a motion, you will simply need to raise your wristband while counting takes place. Don't forget to drop by the ballot station in the Main Foyer at any time on Sunday to cast your vote. Voting for the officer elections closes at 4.30pm and results will be announced within a few days.
Q: How can I connect with other delegates before conference?
A: The best way to connect before the event is through social media - post in our Facebook event or tweet with the hashtag #WE2018. Alternatively you can connect to your local branch. We will give you lots of opportunities to connect in real life at conference itself.
Q: I'm booked onto activist training on Friday - where do I get information?
A: Activist training is being organised separately to conference. If you're booked onto 2019 Election or Making Change Happen training contact Cath Smith, and if you're booked onto Branchstarter training contact Celia Wilson.
Q: Will I get an opportunity to feed back?
A: Yes, you'll get an email from us soon after the end of conference with a link to a survey, so you can tell us what you loved, what could have been better and your ideas for next time.
Q: I have a ticket for the comedy night. When and where will that be?
A: The comedy night is in the Lighthouse Theatre, starting at 7.30pm. You can find more about the brilliant comedians we have lined up for you on page 2 of our programme. Download the Programme.