Make change happen- become a constituency campaigner!

Posted by Mike Smith UK Public Affairs Coordinator

18th Sep 2012

Oxfam in London and the South East is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our new and growing movement of 'Constituency Campaigners' who are raising Oxfam's concerns with the politicians in their area to promote real and lasting change. Our Constituency Campaigner Programme aims to give you the knowledge, tools and support to make sure your voice is heard and has influence at the highest level as well as in your own community.

After a visit from Oxfam supporters one influential MP told Parliament that 'Their representations were a great encouragement. I do not have to choose between being an advocate for some of the most climate-vulnerable people in the poorest countries and representing my constituents, because the former is exactly what my constituents want me to do.'

You can give as much or as little time to this role as you are able, but 1-2 hours a week is a good estimate. We will help you get started with an induction day introducing you to effective political campaigning.  After that you will get regular updates and training both on-line and face to face. Our training will provide you with the opportunity to learn from Oxfam staff and other programme participants and build your own campaigning networks. You will be a Oxfam's key contact for political campaigning in your constituency, building  a relationship with your local MP and other politicians by writing to and meeting your MP or inviting your MP to local events.

At Oxfam we don't wait for others to make change happen- we strive to make it happen ourselves, every day, in over 100 countries around the world. Local grassroots activism is the pulsing heart of that change. It is essential to show that people in local constituencies do care about international development. But we cannot do it alone- we need your help. Right now, Oxfam is calling for political action around a number of vital issues including an international Arms Trade Treaty, the Robin Hood Tax, land and food justice. As a Constituency Campaigner, you will become part of these vital campaigns for justice and lasting change.

If you would like to find out more or apply, contact Mike Smith or Jamie Neil in the London Campaigns office: mikesmith@oxfam.org.uk, jneill@oxfam.org.uk 

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