In August, groups from across Yorkshire got together in York to discuss supporting each other and building the People's Assembly regionally. On Sunday 15th November, we want to reconvene, catch up and continue supporting each other.
Who? 2 to 5 delegates per People's Assembly group in or bordering Yorkshire. We'd also love to have delegates from places without People's Assembly groups and from local groups working on the NHS, housing, disabilities, Student Assemblies and anti-cuts groups, regional union bodies, etc. (up to 2 delegates each) so we represent the movement regionally to the fullest extent.
What? There'll be some skills workshops before the regional meeting. We think the day will look something like this:
10.30am - Registration and coffee
11:00am - Workshop Round 1
12.15pm - Workshop Round 2
13.15pm - Lunchtime
14.00pm - Regional Meeting
15.30pm (approx) short break
17.00pm - Finish
We'd love everyone to bring a report from their group on recent successes and failures, and future activities and ideas. We'll aim to identify areas to support each other, and talk about parts of the region where we can get new groups started. Any specific agenda items, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fundraising from Unions - When and how should you ask for support? Andy Hiles is a People's Assembly member and Unite employee, so he knows about asking for, and giving out, money to local groups.
- Making Email work for your group - How do you get people to read your emails and respond. Its easy to social media has replaced humble email, but evidence still says email is top dog for mobilising and fundraising. Graham Martin built and runs York PA's 1,300 contact email list.
- Building Healthy Groups - half the answer is 'get active' but the other half is often the harder bit. How can we create groups that nuture new campaigners, sustain activism and represent our communities? Graham Martin doesn't have all the answers, but he has a few ideas.
- Working with local media - if it isn't in the local paper, did it really happen? Local papers and radio stations are usually desperate for news, but they also want stories pre-packaged and ready to use. How can you make sure they want to cover what you're up to?
When & Where
York People's Assembly
Organising against cutbacks and sell-offs in York and nationally. Part of the People's Assembly Against Austerity. Providing a central point for many of York's local campaigns.