The BIGGA stand at BTME 2019
In addition to Membership, Learning and Development, Ecology and Sustainability, the Job Shop and the GTC, the BIGGA stand featured new areas this year. Inspirational talks, access to physical and mental health experts and help in finding online resources to boost careers. We have responded to the feedback our members have been giving us to make this years stand the go to place for members and visitors.
This new area featured short talks, designed to give visitors to BTME a greater insight into the services offered by the association. The short bite sized pieces of education helped members to understand what BIGGA membership can do for career development. The talks varied from what funding you can get for education courses and volunteering opportunities - to a question and answer session with the Toro Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year award.
Member Health and Wellbeing Area
Personal health was a major aspect of the BIGGA stand this year, with representatives from charities discussing how BIGGA members can reduce the risk of skin cancer and damage to hearing. Representatives of Andy's Man Club also took part, raising awareness of mental health and spreading the message that #ITSOKAYTOTALK.
Skcin, the skin cancer charity, aiming to educate and raise awareness on the subject of sun safety, has attended the last three BTME's, As mostly outdoor workers, greenkeepers are a higher risk group that Skcin are keen to engage with.
This year Action on Hearing Loss attended for the first time. The team drew attention to the damage that can be caused very quickly if hearing protection isn't worn when using machinery such as a normal petrol mower for short periods.
Every year, one in four of us experience a mental health problem. Mind, the mental health charity has a mission to "not give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect" joined the representatives on the stand to offer information and support
Representatives from Andy's Man Club is run exclusively from unpaid volunteers and wanted to attend BTME after becoming aware that greenkeeping can be quite an isolated profession where men can be alone with their thoughts for a large part of their working lives. Currently, 75% of suicides are male, making it the biggest single killer of men under 45. Andy's Man Club aims to halve the number of suicides by providing a space for men to talk about their problems without judgement or feeling like a burden.
Following the launch of the new BIGGA website in 2018, our team were on hand to draw attention to the membership area of the website. In addtion to being able to view your BIGGA account, renew your membership and update your CPD points, there are numerous Member Only resources available such as field guides and 'How to...' documents, information about member opportunities for education, funding for education and videos of Continue to Learn sessions from previous years.
All the Member Only benefits information, legal assistance, counselling helpline and personal accident insurance is accessible in the Members Area of the website.
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We look forward to welcoming you at BTME in 2020 - Harrogate Convention Centre 21-23 January.