Serena Davies wants to volunteer 2018-03-09 16:10:06 +1100
Make your MP work for you! Your MP is your connection to Canberra and represents you there, so get them working on the issues you care about. You don’t have to be an expert. The simple fact that you care is a good enough reason to contact a politician.
The word from insiders in MPs’ offices is that letters and emails are taken very seriously - and counted! For everyone who takes the time to raise an issue with them, they know there are many more people who feel the same way. If they receive lots of correspondence on a particular issue, it will be discussed in policy meetings and can have an effect on decision-making.
Who to write to and how to contact them
Your Federal Member of Parliament
- To find your Federal MP, go here, type in your postcode, click the MP's name, then click on the 'Connect' tab to see their contact details.
Federal Senators for your state
- Find your state Senators and their contact details here, just type your postcode into the search bar.
The Prime Minister
- Contact details here
The Leader of the Opposition
- Contact details here
- Relevant Ministers or Shadow Ministers
State Members of Parliament
- Why? Policies about energy providers, or issues like fracking and mining, are made at the state-level.
- If you live in Victoria, you can find your MP here. Select your electorate from the dropdown menu and click search, then click your MP's name to view their contact details.
- If you're unsure of your electorate, you can search for it here.
What to write
- Make it clear that you are a voter in their electorate.
- Be polite. Make sure you use their full and correct name and title (click to enlarge).
- State who you are. Let them know you’re a parent/teacher/doctor etc., and mention if you have any connections in the community (e.g. attend a local school, belong to a community organisation/group, or work for a local business).
- State the reason why you are writing to them and outline very briefly the issue. Tell them how you feel and why it is so important to you. You can use letter templates as a guide for structure, but make sure your letter is in your own words.
- Be short and concise. Try to keep your letter to one page or less. If your letter is short and to the point, it will be obvious if their reply to you does or doesn't address your questions and concerns.
- Ask for action. It is good practice to always have a clear action you would like your MP to take. In the case of signing the Safe Climate Pledge, your initial ask is simple (sign it!), but other times your ask may be around raising your concerns with their parliamentary colleagues, or to speak out for the issue you’re writing to them about, or support a particular piece of legislation.
- Ask for a response to your requests or questions. So make sure your 'ask' ends with a question mark, because if it doesn't it isn't a question!
- When they reply, don’t accept a generic response. Reply to their response if they haven't addressed your concerns, or if you don’t get a response at all within a month. Don’t give up: they depend on people running out of energy.
If you need some more inspiration, you can read what others at Climate for Change have written to their MPs (click to enlarge):
- Your Federal Member of Parliament
We have a great start to 2018 planned, with a series of four Ongoing Facilitator Trainings lined up to springboard our growth.
From January to April, the OFTs topics will be as follows:
- (Jan) Booking and Maintaining Your Host
- (Feb) Getting a Date in Your Diary on the Night
- (Mar) Post Conversation Program Launch
- (Apr) The Art of Asking (including increasing your donations
Please book for all four dates NOW! RSVP below and then go back to the Ongoing Facilitator Training page here to book in for the others!WHENApril 12, 2018 at 6pmWHEREDonkey Wheel House
673 Bourke St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Google map and directions
Preparing to Mentor
Familiarise yourself with the Facilitator Journey diagram, including the focuses at each phase: (click to enlarge)
Familiarise yourself with the Mentor Program diagram, especially your role in pink: (click to enlarge)
What will your mentee be learning externally to you?
- Bigger Picture video
- Conversation videos
- How to Start a Movement video
- Annotated Conversation overview/notes
- Full Conversation script
- Personal Narrative worksheet
- Booking a Conversation Training outline [under development]
- Personal Narrative Training outline [under development]
First Facilitation pack
- Donation Training
- OFT 'Conversation Discussion' video
- Network Mapping Exercise
- Facilitation skills resources [under development]
Mentor tools and resources:
- [coming soon!]
Below is a summary of the steps involved, for more detail please read the Mentor Guide.
- Book Conversation and Post-Conversation Debrief dates
- Tell mentee about a Local Groups (Nicole will assign them)
- RSVP mentee to the next OFT, BACT + PNT
- Invite the mentee to the facilitator Facebook group
- Log the date of this completed call using this button:
Facilitate the Conversation that your mentee hosts
Please refer to the Facilitator Portal for more details:
- Regular host preparation
- Prepare yourself to facilitate
- Regular Post-Conversation admin
Complete the Post-Conversation Debrief
Log the date of this completed call using this button:
Check in on mentee's own host prep process
- Contact your mentee to check they have completed the Host guide with their first host
Assist with mentee's post-Conversation admin
Log the date of your First Facilitation Debrief using this button:
Closing-off your mentee
- Complete the closing-off checklist in Workbook #3: First Facilitation Debrief with mentee
- Send your mentee the Get Start Feedback Form
- Complete your Mentor Reflection [add link]
Here you can have a look at your mentor's progress, including the data that you enter for the Get Start call, the Post-Facilitation Debrief and the First Facilitation Debrief (please allow 15 minutes for this to show).
Note: You will not be able to edit this table, except via the forms above.
- Welcome Pack
Serena Davies donated 2017-09-27 16:45:51 +1000
Thank you for choosing to become a member of Climate for Change.
This page will sign you up as a volunteer member. Volunteer membership is for people who have volunteered with Climate for Change for a total of twenty hours or more over any three month period in the last year. If you would like to pay a full or concession price member, click here.
Thank you again!
Serena Davies donated 2017-03-16 12:41:06 +1100
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Because your gift supports these incredible volunteers, its impact goes a long way – even a small donation makes a big difference.
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