One of the most common questions we are asked is, how can someone who supports Alliance take the next step and get involved. Especially since a fresh election is afoot, this list gives some ideas how you can get involved to deliver more Alliance elected representatives.
1. Spreading the word
If you’re Alliance minded, there are loads of ways you can spread the word about the party and its goals. One way is to follow the Alliance accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites and share content you agree with amongst friends and family. Another is to speak to friends and family in person about politics and how you plan to vote. It may be that you convince them that a vote for Alliance is the best thing to do. Just promise us you won’t fall out with anyone over it.
2. Donating to Alliance
Whether it’s paying for leaflets, posters, election broadcasts, or something else, every campaign needs money to function. Donating money to Alliance is an easy, no commitment way to support the work of Alliance and make sure that we can elect more progressive liberal candidates. If you give more than £7,500 you’ll also get a shout out in Alliance’s transparent declared donations list – cool!
Alliance members at a quarterly policy meeting
If you want to have a say in candidate selection, policy, or even to stand as a candidate, joining Alliance is the option for you. Membership costs as little as £5 for youth members and you get the quarterly Alliance News newsletter, regular email updates from Naomi Long and other leading figures in Alliance, and invitations to all Alliance events including annual conference.
4. Hitting the doors
Alliance keeps in touch with constituents all year round, not just at election time and so there are often leaflets, newsletters, constituency updates or other literature to deliver in your local area, as well as door knocking to be done. This is something that anyone can do, whether you’re a member or not, so get in touch with your local Alliance councillor, MLA or representative and we’re sure they will be able to match you up with some upcoming activities.
Alliance Youth knocking doors
5. Standing as a candidate
If you’re a people person with the passion to change things in local, national or even supra-national politics, running for election might interest you. Perhaps now it seems unlikely, but even the best political careers start from nothing. Who knows, you might be the next Alliance Councillor, MLA or even MP!
Alliance Youth Assembly candidates 2016
These are just a few ways that you might want to get involved with Alliance in the coming weeks and months, but there are many others. If you’re a particularly talented graphic designer for example, the comms team would likely want to hear from you! So if you do have interest in helping Alliance and have an idea that isn’t covered above, get in touch with us in Alliance Youth at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will point you in the right direction.
See you on the campaign trail!