Designing Your Petition

Your petition should be clearly laid out 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.

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’.

There are a number of online sites that will help you create your petition these include:

38 Degrees – Campaigns By You


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

Make use of all available avenues to promote your petition. Facebook and Twitter are a good place to start.

So what are you waiting for? Get going.