Local lobbyists help take the message of justice to the heart of government through your locally elected representatives. It is another way to change and influence UK laws and policies that affect the poorest communities around the world.
Being a local lobbyist will involve meeting with your local MP or other local politicians up to four times a year. Or, if that is not possible, we encourage you to send a letter to them.
You don't have to be an expert on the issues; we’ll provide you with all the information and support you need. All you need is a passion for ending poverty.
To register your interest, please email David Thomas on firstname.lastname@example.org or call him in the Belfast office on 028 9064 8133.
How it works
You’ll then receive a welcome pack in the post, after which Christian Aid will send you a local lobbyist pack in the mail or by email, approximately four times a year. We usually send these out when there’s an opportunity to increase the impact of our campaign, so sometimes they won’t be sent at regular intervals.
These packs contain information to help you prepare for meeting your local politician or other elected representative, and contain a briefing and other background information.
Meet with your local politician.
Once you have read the information, set up a meeting or pop along to a scheduled surgery. Being a local lobbyist is about building a relationship with your local representatives and the best way to do this is to meet them face to face.
Give us some feedback.
After your meeting, fill in the online feedback form. Feedback is very important to us. It helps us know which politicians have been contacted and what they think about issues we work on. Plus, we can always help you draft a reply to their response if you like.