At the end of the year, the Dutch like to look back on the past year. And of course we happily participate in that. We would not be VOLT-worthy if we did not also focus on the future. Because 2022 was a great year for Volt Arnhem - Nijmegen. The year started with the municipal elections. After that we needed a few months to strengthen the organisation and in the final stretch we worked hard for the Provincial Council elections that will take place in March 2023.
City council, province, national, European... before you know it, you're being guided by just being involved in the elections. But nothing could be further from the truth. For us, our own municipal council election was just a bit more exciting than the other elections because it plays directly into our region
Nijmegen and the elections
In Nijmegen, many volunteers have worked hard to establish a strong policy programme. This worked out very well and that is why it is such a pity that we did not participate in the elections in the end. The great thing is that we have a solid foundation to build on in the coming years and to link to a diversely strong team. So that at the next elections there is an electoral list with an even better substantively full VOLT program for Nijmegen. If you also want to help build on this, send us a message.
How different the situation was in Arnhem. From the start, other Volt departments doubted whether we should join in Arnhem. Would enough people vote for Volt to make it worthwhile? But then they didn't know the Arnhem people yet. Eager to prove ourselves, we put together a geat policy document here too. Meanwhile, applications for the electoral list were going well. We quickly became an example for other departments, and frontrunner in the polls. Such a pity that it seems that the Gündogan situation may have - partly - ensured that we ended up with 2 nice seats from 3 or 4 seats. A situation about which enough has already been said and written in and outside the media. How cool that as icing on the cake we have been able to deliver alderman Maurits van de Geijn with, among other things, the important portfolios inclusion & diversity and digitisation. This makes us one of the first Volt chapters in all of Europe to be in the coalition!
Members and the organisation
After a turbulent time in which a lot happened in both Nijmegen and Arnhem, the time had come for many board members to look for new pastures. From this place we would like to thank all our old volunteers, who have worked for the party at a time when we had to figure out many things for the first time. You/we finally delivered a great result.
With an almost entirely new board in place, we have sought a division of roles and, where necessary, extra capacity. By now, we have set up a decent structure and are adding a little extra every time. It also connects and gives energy because it tastes like more. And we are incredibly grateful to all those VOLT volunteers for that. So we are ready to use all the Volt enthusiasm in Nijmegen, Arnhem and the other municipalities to commit ourselves to Volt!
Onwards with even more energy
We wanted to balance that energy a little more. That is why this year we have also spent time on building a solid foundation for the organisation and active member expansion. Every new member is called and asked if and how the member is willing to use knowledge and talent for VOLT. As a result, we will invite everyone who wants to participate in a thematic committee in January so we can safeguard our social themes in our region and work it out more in our region. By properly developing these VOLT themes and linking them Evidence Based to the local situation, we can feed the VOLT representatives with the best practices as much as possible. In our previous newsletter (see the archive), we therefore made an appeal to you to join one of the 5 plus 1 themes that VOLT has to offer, so that we can elaborate them and have them available for social developments in our region – and more specifically in Arnhem. Keep an eye on our posts, more on this in January.
Plus 1 theme: Social Democratic EU-topia
2022 was another successful year for VOLT Europe. That is very nicely said, and quite a challenge to make it work. Our European membership has also grown enormously and exceeded 23,000. We are incredibly proud that there are about 110 official candidates elected, European, nationally and locally. In October, during the European congress - which could be followed life in the Omnibus in Arnhem - determined the strategy for the coming years; adopted the European electoral list and set out the actions in line. Volt - Nederland and our department will show you in 2023 in the social themes how we all climb that ladder together. Without your support for our mission, this would not have come about. Thank you so much. If we want to maintain this upward trend, we would like to see the financial income also increase in line. We are therefore looking for people who are good at fundraising and know how to bind sponsors to us. If you want to pick up this a challenge, we would love to hear your ideas and actions.