The board and I would like to wish all our members a Happy New Year and hope that 2021 brings good luck and optimism for all.
Rather than a Continuity Matters bulletin for you this month, I want to take the time to discuss three things with you all ahead of what is shaping up to be another year full of unique challenges:
- An update on the Resilient Scotland 2021 conference.
- Our membership offer to you all, and;
- Looking ahead at our events in the coming months.
This time last year, we were tying a bow around our most successful conference to date. Celebrating our 25th year of supporting organisations like yours in Scotland and beyond, Resilient Scotland 2020 was a sold-out event that we’re immensely proud of. It’s a stark contrast to this year, where we continue to share the challenges that this current level of uncertainty and restriction provides. While progress is being made against COVID-19 with enhanced lockdown measures and a large-scale vaccination programme, there is no definitive end date which we can use to plan this year’s conference or other in-person events.
It comes then with the difficult decision to postpone all physical events in 2021, including the Resilient Scotland conference. While we have several virtual events planned for this year, including seminars, workshops and large-scale exercises, the safety and wellbeing of our exhibitors, our sponsors, our team and – most importantly – our membership, comes first.
We recognise this will be disappointing for you, as many view our conference as a great, local opportunity to meet with your peers, learn from industry leading professionals and interact with our incredible sponsors and exhibitors. We share that disappointment with you and will miss seeing you all in person.
Your feedback and continued support ensure that when our conference returns, it will surpass that success and be an event worth the wait.
Our Membership Offer
It’s that continued support that keeps this organisation going, enabling its board members and wider colleagues to support organisations through uncertain times.
As a token of our gratitude, we’re offering an additional year of membership for all current members of Scottish Continuity, free of charge. Those who have already renewed their membership for 2021 will find that 2022’s fee is on us. Anyone yet to renew can do so before their membership expires this year and enjoy that same benefit. It’s the least we can do.
If anyone has any queries about how this offer will work, please reach out to Tommy Lynch, our Treasurer, who will happily walk anyone through the process - firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking Forwards - Upcoming Events
So, what can we see from Scottish Continuity this year? Our board members are passionate and committed to delivering a high standard of events for you and your teams. Here’s what you can look forward to in the next few months:
February 2021 - Wellbeing, Mental Health and Mindfulness For Our Resilience Community. I’m delighted to announce our session in collaboration with Lindsay & Lang aimed at sharing best practice and practical guidance on maintaining our mental health and wellbeing. This session is open to all members and the wider community and will be held on Friday, February 26th 2021, 12:30 - 13:30hrs. Further details will be shared with our members on our website and in direct contact with you shortly.
March 2021 - A free Technical DR discussion in March 2021, featuring some of our experienced board members and members, is open to you and the wider community.
April 2021 - A free Learning Event will be delivered by PlanB Consulting, discussing exercise programme development and how to get the best out of a limited budget.
May 2021 - An interactive, half-day virtual exercise will be delivered by Inverroy Crisis Management. We're currently exploring official CPD accreditation for several of the largest awarding bodies within resilience, but if you want to add an exercise to your continuity programme, this session is not to be missed.
June 2021 - Annual General Meeting. A virtual AGM is scheduled for June 2021, with an exact date to be communicated shortly. If you want to get directly involved with helping us at Scottish Continuity in the coming months and years, this is a great place to start!
Finally, if anyone reading this email has any feedback for us at Scottish Continuity, my inbox or that of our Secretary, Roger Broomfield, is always open – email@example.com. We’d love to hear from all of you about what we can do to support you in our 26th year and beyond.
To your collective good health and happiness this year,
Chair, Scottish Continuity.