Using the toolkit
This toolkit is for any individual, group or meeting wishing to explore or start taking action for change.
The toolkit can be used in a number of ways. You might read the resources to inform and support your own action, explore them with a group you're already taking action with, or invite people from your meeting or another group to discuss a section that particularly interests you. We hope it sparks new ideas and encourages you in your action!
Get in touch with Maya Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7663 1056) if you do use the guides and have any success with your campaigns - or any questions!
Planning and strategy
'Planning effective action for change' outlines steps to help you and your group consider how you might explore your concern and develop a project, whilst creating impact and sustaining energy throughout. Download 'Planning effective action for change' (PDF).
Once you have decided on the focus of your group's concern and considered the type of change you wish to bring about, the next step is to develop an action that fits with your project. These guides outline some possibilities.
Engaging elected representatives
Engaging with our elected representatives can be complicated. These guides offer clear and practical information to make this process easier.
- Contacting an MP - a political guide for meetings and individuals (PDF)
- Elections and hustings -a guide for meetings and individuals (PDF)
- Political institutions in Britain and the EU (PDF)
- Referendums and hustings - a guide for meetings and individuals (PDF)
Media and social media
Once you've planned a campaign, project or action, you'll probably want to publicise it to gather support, raise awareness of the issue and to reach, or build pressure upon, any decision makers you've identified. These guides offer some ideas about how you can do this.
There will naturally be a diversity of views present in any given group seeking to work together. Here are some tips on managing disagreements that may arise over tactics or aims, and thoughts on how to reach consensus.