Working formally with the TCs
I just got back a while ago from the post office.
I spoke to a caregiver this afternoon and she was wondering whether it'd be able to get her TC to agree to the TNRM programme and working with caregivers in writing. I told her what had happened at the meeting yesterday. While I completely understand why caregivers would like the programme to be more formalised, I do worry that it's going to be very hard to get that assurance if the town councils are pursuing an official 'no stray' stance that their Chairman has set out. The TCs may feel they cannot go against what is official 'policy, while deciding to continue to work with caregivers unofficially. It makes things very tentative for the caregivers since they have no formal agreement, but at the same time, it may be difficult for the TC to come out and endorse the programme officially too. The caregiver also agreed that she could see this might be difficult in view of the meeting.
It's also very sad - here are residents willing to help out and TCs willing to work with the residents. This should be a prime example of the sort of co-operation and active citizenry that we have been trying to achieve. Instead there seems to be a sort of clandestine nature to the co-operation when it should be acknowledged and even held up as an example of citizens working hand in hand with their TCs.