Help us win! Volunteer your time today.
It's nice when the party you support wins an election. But when you've been an active part of the winning campaign, that feels really special.
There are all sorts of ways to get involved, so there's something to suit everyone.
Our party is famous for having the best training and support for our volunteers, so whatever role you choose, there will always be a team to support you, and you won't be left to do things on your own until you feel confident to do so.
Please read through the list below and consider whether you or anyone you know could be suited for these important jobs.
Deliverers: We need 350 volunteers to deliver leaflets in their local area. (Less than 1 hour per month)
Wholesalers: We need around 70 people to distribute bundles of leaflets to deliverers in their neighbourhood. (About 1 hour per month)
Recruiters: We need 14 people to accompany our councillors and candidates, calling on people who we already know to be Lib Dem supporters and asking them to get involved in campaigning. (About 2 hours per month)
Other traditional campaigning roles:
Leaflet design: Whilst the big parties have paid staff to design their leaflets, we rely on local volunteers. This is an ideal role for anyone with an interest in graphic design or journalism.
Press releases: All of our councillors and candidates work hard for their communities, but some of them lack confidence in writing press releases. If you like the sound of seeing your words in the local paper, or even fancy becoming a journalist, this could be a great role for you.
Photography: A picture tells a thousand words, but it's really hard for our councillors and candidates to take photos of themselves! Each of them needs a combination of high-quality photos for glossy leaflets, as well as quick snap for Facebook posts, so whether you're a professional photographer, or can just be available at short notice for a 2-minute photo opportunity in your local area, we'd love to hear from you.
Doorstep canvassing: All our councillors and candidates want to hear the views of their local residents, but it's too big a job to do on their own. You don't need to know every policy inside out to be a good canvasser; you just need to be a good listener.
Data and direct mail: Once people have told us what issues they care about, we need to make sure we stay in touch with them so they know what we're doing about these issues. If you have an interest in managing data, this could be the job for you.
Social media: Simply liking and sharing our social media posts with our friends and followers is a really helpful way to spread our campaign messages. If you are interested in helping to create new social media content, we'd love to hear from you.
Website and email: Thousands of people visit our web page to sign online petitions, so it's really important to keep the site up to date and send out emails with the latest news on our campaigns.
Street stalls: Standing in a public place and talking to passers by is a really enjoyable way to raise the profile of our campaigns. If you have a confident and outgoing manner, you could be a great addition to this team.
Telephone canvassing: We need to reach as many voters as possible, but bad weather, dark evenings and the rural nature of Cornwall mean that sometimes the best way to make contact is by telephone rather than knocking on the door. You can do this as part of a group or on your own from home, at the same time each week or at a flexible time to suit you. As with doorstep canvassing, you don't need to know all of our policies, you just need to be a good listener.
Social events: With so many people each focusing on different parts of the campaign, it's important to bring everyone together from time to time to celebrate our successes and have a bit of fun. If you could help to organise an event in your home or a local venue for campaigners and suppoerters from your area, we'd love to hear from you.
Membership development: We know that hundreds of people in our area would join the party if only someone would ask them to! We have lists of known supporters, but we need more people to get in touch and ask the question.
Fundraising: Political parties used to raise funds from events like Christmas fairs and gala dinners, but these days the most effective way is to get people to make regular donations via standing order. To set up a donation, click here.
Treasurer: Every organisation needs someone to keep track of the finances. Political parties need to be extra rigorous about our accounts. If you have any experience or interest in bookkeeping and compliance, we'd love to have your help in our team.
The final push:
Some of the most important jobs in the election campaign only need doing once every few years, so it's absolutely critical that the team is in place long before the election is called. Please get in touch NOW if you think you could help with any of these roles:
Posters and stakeboards: One of the most visible parts of an election campaign is the mass of bright orange diamonds which appear in windows, gardens and hedgerows declaring "Liberal Democrats Winning Here". It's a hugely important signal to the public that we are a big team with wide public support, so we need to be ready to move as soon as the election is called. If you'll be available at short notice to spend a couple of days putting up stakeboards, please let us know now so we can be ready when the time comes.
Get out the vote: We spend years campaigning and identifying our supporters, but when election time comes, we need to make sure they all remember to vote! We have a great system using the latest technology, but what we need above all else is people who can spend the day knocking on doors of known supporters to get them down to the polling station. Elections results often come down to just a handful of votes, so this is one of the most important jobs in the whole campaign.
Election agent: The final legal responsibility about what gets written and spent during an election campaign rests with the Agent. This person also monitors the vote counting process to ensure that all of our ballot papers end up in the right piles! A legal background is a bonus, but the most important qualification is that you can stay calm under pressure. This role offers a truly unique opportunity to see the heart of a general election campaign.
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