Here are 10 ways you can get involved and make an impact:
1. Pray - Join a network of people who are praying regularly for LDCF, the government and the nation. More info on our prayer page.
2. Campaign on an issue - Consider which issues you care about most and find a way to speak out about them. This may involve connecting with other members who share the same concerns, joining a co-ordinated campaign, writing an article or blog or something creative and different. Have a look at our current campaigns and let us know if you want to help in any way. If you want to campaign on something else, get in touch and we may be able to help connect you with others.
3. Join the LDCF - By joining us you will become part of a community of believers who are actively seeking to make a difference in public life. You will be invited to events and have a range of opportunities to meet others, pray and discuss issues and policy ideas. You will also be supporting the LDCF to be a prophetic and visible witness at the heart of the party through the things we do on a day-to-day basis. Join here.
4. Organise or join an LDCF regional group - LDCF are developing a network of regional groups across the UK, who can meet locally to discuss issues. If you would like to be part of one of these groups, or even set one up in your area, please contact us.
5. Help with our exhibition stands - You could volunteer some of your time to help with the LDCF stand at a regional or federal Conference. This is a great way to get to know new people and meet existing and prospective LDCF members!
6. Stand for our Executive Committee - LDCF holds annual elections for the Executive, which is responsible for the strategic direction and planning of LDCF. You can see who currently holds the Exec positions here. The next opportunity for joining the Committee will be in August 2015, in advance of the AGM in September. Please register your interest at any time by sending an email.
7. Get involved locally - There are many ways of volunteering through your local party - writing, designing, printing and delivering 'Focus' leaflets; canvassing the opinion of residents to help them with any problems in their local area; supporting candidates, even with practical tasks such as babysitting; fundraising and more. Your local party would love to hear from you! All help is really appreciated and you can learn new skills and get to know new people along the way. If you are not already in touch with your local party reps you can find out who they are by emailing the Membership Team.
8. Stand for election - Have you got what it takes to stand as a local Councillor or an MP? Find out what skills are required and how the process works here. By participating in the decision-making process in your community you can help to make decisions which will really make a difference in people’s lives. If you would like to talk to an LDCF member who is, or has been, a candidate then email us.
9. Become an agent - An election agent is responsible to a political candidate in law for the proper management of their campaign, in particular the financial management of the election. The role requires skills like organisation, planning, multi-tasking, and teambuilding. The Party needs more good agents! For more information on how to become an agent, contact the Liberal Democrat Agents & Organisers.
10. Serve on a Party Committee or Policy Working Group - The party has three main committees, and a wide variety of working groups, which you could put yourself forward to be a part of. The main committees are responsible for party strategy and direction, policy and the party Conferences. The policy working groups are focussed on particular issues such as education, criminal justice or health, and members with relevant expertise can apply to be on these groups. More info here and here.