Challenging closures and cuts - How can I gather support?
How can I gather support for my campaign?
It can help to get other people or groups to support your campaign. This could help to make your argument stronger. You can share information about your campaign through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Write a ‘brief’
If you want other people to get involved in your campaign, you could write a brief. A brief helps to provide a summary of what your campaign is about. It sets out your argument, and tells other people how they can help.
When writing a brief, you should include:
- what will change if the cuts happen,
- how people will be affected by the change,
- what evidence you have found,
- how people can take part in the campaign, and
- how people can contact you.
Be careful to present your findings accurately. If you are honest people will take more notice of your brief. Keep people’s information secret if they prefer. You can do this by removing names and other identifying information.
Speak to your MP
You can contact your MP to tell them about your concerns. They may support your campaign or write to services to get more information.
Finding out who your MP is
You can search to see who your local MP is or contact the House of Commons Information Office. Contact details can be found in here.
Contacting your MP
There are different ways you can contact your MP. You could try the following:
- Use an online template. You can find one here.
- Write an email and share it with other people who support you.
- Meet your MP in person at a ‘surgery’.
- write a letter.
If you would like to write to your MP, their address will be:
[Your MP’s name], House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Using the media
You could contact local newspapers, radio or television to see if they are interested in running a story on the planned cuts. If the campaign has a lot of local support or involves lots of local people then they are more likely to be interested. They are also likely to want to speak to someone who is
part of the campaign and may ask you to do an interview.
Using social networking sites
Social networks such as Facebook or Twitter are a good way of making people aware of the proposed cuts. You can use social media to link to campaigners and groups, who can help to publicise your cause. Social media can be an effective way to organise campaigns and actions.
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