Become A Local Officer
There are lots of different ways to make a contribution to the Labour Party and your community. Delivering in our values through taking on volunteering roles, supporting people through advocacy or becoming a school governor are all invaluable, especially if information and intelligence is fed back through local branches.
Within the Labour Party, getting elected in an officer role at a local government ward or constituency level is a chance to have a political impact locally.
Usually Labour Party branches (based geographically on local government wards) and the constituency Labour have elect officers at an AGM once a year. Officer positions may include a chair, secretary, treasurer, campaigns officer or women’s officer – exact positions vary, but consult an up to date Labour Party rule book to know what to expect. It will be worth going to a branch meeting or ringing up existing local officers before the AGM to talk to people about what positions are coming up.
Being a Labour Party officer is a great opportunity to work as part of a team of volunteers to decide what direction the local party should take. Doing it properly will involve around three meetings a month with tasks undertaken in between.
Active Women training:
Making the Most of Being a Labour Party Member
This day-long course is aimed at women who are either new or newish Party members, or who have been members for some time but have only recently become active. It provides an introduction to:
How the Party works, how decisions are made, and what all the various parts of the Party are for. We don’t dwell on this, but members who are not familiar with the structures, acronyms, etc often find a brief guide helpful.
Being proactive, getting together with other women, setting up/getting involved in Women’s Forums, running policy discussion, etc.
How to become a school governor, magistrate, councillor or even an MP
Campaigning, elections and working with communities
An element of confidence-building runs through all our courses, and participants also get the opportunity to network with other women as well as develop new skills and understanding.
Active Women is FREE to LWN members. Non-members are required to join. Training materials and refreshments are provided.
All LWN trainers have themselves been trained to deliver our courses, and receive regular refresher training and assessment.
ACTIVE WOMEN TRAINING:
Interested? THEN CLICK HERE.
Local Training for Labour Women
In addition to our regular programme of courses, we are able to provide training tailored to the needs of local groups of Labour women. This can be targeted at specific groups of women (e.g., new members, council candidates, new councillors), or be developed around a specific activity (e.g., setting up a women’s forum, campaigning, confidence-building). We have a series of modules, from which you are asked to choose when completing the online form (see link in the panel to the right and below), and these can be combined and added to to suit your requirements.
We do not charge for this service, except to ask you to cover the LWN Trainer’s expenses. However, we do require that all women attending the training join LWN if they are not already members. This is because our members are our primary source of funding, and we cannot afford to provide our services entirely free.
All our Trainers are volunteers, and have themselves been trained to deliver our courses.
We ask you to provide the venue, refreshments, and at least 6 women participants. We then provide the trainer, the training, and all materials.
If you would like to discuss what we might be able to do for you locally, you first need to complete our online form. We will then get back to you to discuss the possibilities. Because we are a voluntary organisation we are not always able to do exactly the dates you want, but we do our best to accommodate you.
Interested? THEN CLICK HERE.