Many people find that once they have met a sanctuary seeker and learned about the asylum system, there are things that they want to change. Campaigning takes many forms, depending on who you want to influence and what you’re trying to change.
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The following information is taken from a Houses of Parliament Outreach Service factsheet on ‘Effective Campaigning’
Be clear on your campaigning aims
- What is your issue?
- Who is affected? How are they affected?
- What are the consequences / benefits of (not) taking action?
- What do you want Parliament to do?
Don’t contact all MPs – Identify interested individuals
- Shadow Ministers
- Select Committee Members
- Your local MP, if it is about a constitutency issues
- All Party Parliamentary Group members
- MPs / Members of the Lords with a constituency or personal interest
- Identify solutions as well as problems
- Develop friendships
- Provide local and national context
- Provide facts and ammunition
- Be aware of alternative or opposing views
- Make communications tailored and relevant
- Remember yours is not the only issue
- Don’t back people into a corner
- Remember there is no magic wand
- Don’t assume knowledge or support
The Asylum Matters resources section has lots of useful resources on campaigning.
Campaign Central has information about planning a campaign, techniques and tactics
‘Get your voice heard: A guide to campaigning at Westminster’ from the House of Commons
Use Your Voice – includes information and resources on political participation