Designing your petition

Your petition should be clear and easy to use

A good petition should describe the situation in one or two sentences suggesting what is needed to improve things, and explain why.

Explain what your petition is for

Keep this section simple and to the point and use your research to back up any suggestions you make. Remember to include a call to action in your petition. For example: ‘We the undersigned, petition the local council to license more accessible taxis to meet the needs of the community’.

Use online resources

There are a number of online sites that will help you create your petition, including:

Change.org
38 Degrees – Campaigns By You
Avaaz
Government e-petition site (if targeting Parliamentarians)

Be upfront about how you will use people’s information

Tell the person signing the petition what information they need to include and why. In order to prove that the petition is legitimate signatories will need to include an address (or postcode) and email. Make sure you reassure people that this will be kept confidential.

Test your petition.

Make sure your arguments make sense. Do this by talking to friends and colleagues.

Promote your petition

Share your petition wherever possible, on social media and by email. Remember, your petition has to be seen in order to make a difference.