Bield goes virtual for its first online AGM

by Emma Lourie

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Online meeting is a success for Scottish care provider

social care PR photography Bield first online Annual General Meeting over Zoom due to Covid Restrictions

A LEADING housing provider in Scotland is hosting its first online Annual General Meeting to continue advancing its services to improve the lives of their customers.

More than 30 staff, Board members and customers are expected to join the Zoom video call for 49th Bield AGM on September 17, which will discuss the transformational changes which have occurred throughout the year, the impact of Covid-19 on the sector and how the charity will continue to advance innovative changes.

Bield is continually adapting and updating its services to use the latest digital technology to serve customers, making the hosting of a virtual AGM a welcome challenge.

Clare Beesley, Governance and Administration Manager at Bield who has been organising this year’s AGM, said: “It has been a very different build up to the AGM this year as a result of having it online.

“We have had contact all the potential attendees to ask for their email addresses so we can invite them to the meeting via Zoom. This has been a first for us.”

The running order of the AGM will be similar to previous years, however there will be no specialist speakers so the meeting is expected to be shorter than normal.

Members will also not be able to physically vote on the day, but will be required to vote via post beforehand.

Clare added: “Only time will tell whether our virtual AGM will be a success although this could become our new ‘norm’ going forward as we digitise our processes and services further.

“As an organisation we’re looking forward to the next opportunity to invite customers to come together when this is possible.”

Bield will also be giving out long service awards following this year’s AGM, with 27 members of staff receiving 15 years of service awards and four will receive 25 years of service. A certificate and voucher for the staff members’ hard work and dedication will be posted following the AGM.

Highlights from the AGM will be shared on the Bield website and social channels after the meeting, along with the Annual Report for 2019/2020.

Bield is dedicated to providing strong, innovative and creative housing and care services that allow older people in Scotland to live independent and fulfilled lives.

Bield is a registered charity which grew from humble beginnings, starting out with one housing development in Bo’ness which has gone on to become a major provider of housing and care services for around 20,000 older people across 22 local authority areas.

To find out more about Bield and its developments, visit  or follow on Facebook @bieldhousingandcare and Twitter @BieldScotland.

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