Make some noise
You are unlikely to be able to bring about positive change if only you and a close network of supporters know about what concerns you. It’s really important to get people talking about your issue and mobilise their support.
Make the most of MPs and Councillors
By building a close relationship with the people whose job it is to represent you, you can not only make suggestions for how things should be done, but also play an active role in driving these ideas forward.
Elected representatives like your local Member of Parliament or local Councillor can help you raise the profile of your issue. They can help you get the answers you want and ultimately influence policy at a national or local level.
As a local campaigner you can play an active part in the process of change. This can be done in a number of ways such as lobbying your MP or elected representatives, attending a surgery, forming a campaign group on a particular issue, or responding to Government consultations.
- Influencing your MP
- Influencing your local councillor
- Influencing the Welsh Assembly
- Political glossary of useful terms
Working with the media
Engaging with the media is key to helping you achieve your campaign objectives. It can:
- help raise public awareness about your campaign
- spark public debate about important issues in your area
- put pressure on key decision-makers to take action
- potentially help you recruit more supporters for your campaign
- celebrate your campaign achievements
Good planning is essential for achieving positive media coverage. Before you begin, you should consider the following:
The key to getting media coverage is giving journalists information in a way they can use.
For example, call on them to save the Independent Living Fund with our open letter now.