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Note from the Journal Coordinator

Hello fellow RaPAL members. This is just to introduce myself as your new Journal Coordinator. Firstly I have to say how much I have enjoyed reading this issue, thanks to the efforts of the editing team, Irene and Rachel. In our recent survey we found that the aspect of RaPAL that members most valued was the Journal and this certainly reflects my own experience. Through my time as tutor, manager, tutor-trainer and research fieldworker, I have looked forward to each new edition of the Journal and have never failed to find something interesting and informative. However, we can't do this without you. Our editorial team is made up of a small group of volunteers, some from the management group and others just interested in helping to produce the Journal. We meet once a year in the autumn to make plans for the following year and to allocate editors for each edition. This year we are in need of new members for the editorial group. Our next meeting is in September and we would like to invite anyone who has an interest. This is an open invitation and you would not be committing yourself to joining the group, although of course we would be delighted if you did.

Additionally we can't produce the Journal without writers. We encourage submissions from everyone, and this edition includes contributions from both new and experienced writers. We offer as much support as you feel you need, and there are guidelines on our website on the “

anything from an initial idea to a finished article. We would love to hear from you. For both of these, you can contact me on .

At our recent AGM we appealed for new volunteers for our management group. As some of our members have come to the end of their time in various roles, we need people to replace them, in particular as Secretary, Membership Secretary and Treasurer. If you feel able to step forward or even just want to talk about it, please contact any of us – our details are in the Journal and on our website joint conference in October – perhaps you would like to play a part in it. . Our next big event is our

Whether you are reading this as a RaPAL member or someone who is thinking about joining us, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Yvonne

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