NEWC activity focuses mainly (but not exclusively) on addressing the three main objectives:
Operational Regional Partnership groups
The aim of the regional group meetings is to identify regional equine welfare concerns and engage multi-agency solutions through a collaborative approach, ensuring the most effective use of our combined skills, resources, and experience.
Annual meetings with Regional Group Chairs are held to support a consistent national approach and facilitate communication between the Regional Groups and the NEWC board. Regional meetings are held bi-annually and include an update from the board compiled and circulated before the meetings by the NEWC Executive Secretary.
Attendance at these meetings includes local field/welfare officers, representatives from Trading Standards Animal health officers, local police, LA licensing officers and NEWC directors.
The NEWC Rehoming Network works together to provide a supportive place for attendees to discuss rehoming work and plans and to exchange ideas. The main aims of the Network are to provide a means of forging better links between NEWC members; to create contacts for those involved with rehoming as a means of support and advice; to share knowledge, ideas and experiences with the goal of helping more horses, ponies, donkeys and mules; to create guidelines for best practise in the rehoming of equines.
Membership of the NEWC Rehoming Network is open to attendees from NEWC members involved with rehoming of equines. The Group will normally meet every six months at varying locations, but with one in the north and one in the south each year, to enable more members to attend. Interim meetings can be held as required. Members would normally send up to two representatives to a Group meeting depending but can send more if space is available. Attendance by non-NEWC members is by invitation and approval by the Group chair.
Research and Education Group
The NEWC Research and Education group works together to provide a networking opportunity to strengthen links between organisations both within NEWC and across the equine sector; to support NEWC members in the planning, implementation and dissemination of their research and educational work; to raise public awareness of key welfare issues and the actions taken by NEWC and beyond to address these.
The main aims of the NEWC Research and Education Group are as follows:
Membership of the NEWC Research and Education Group is open to attendees from organisations that have welfare focussed educational objectives. The organisation should be active in equine welfare in the UK. Organisations would normally send up to two representatives to a Group meeting depending on space available. Attendance by non-NEWC members is by invitation and approval by the Group chair.
Communications and Advocacy group
The Communications and Advocacy Group provides a forum to generate a rapid response for the public/media on behalf of member organisations on pertinent issues relating specifically to equine welfare in the UK.
The Group aims to:
Areas of operation:
Membership of the NEWC Communications & Advocacy Group is open to all members of NEWC on a voluntary basis provided the organisation is active in equine welfare in the UK. Representatives should have a role pertaining to communications or public affairs within their own organisation.
Members wishing to sign up must commit to a) attend the meetings twice a year and b) nominate a member of staff or volunteer (not necessarily the same person) who will be able to respond quickly if statements or releases are being circulated for approval (e.g. within 24 or 48h where an urgent media response is required or potentially 72h on matters of advocacy.)