Spring Conference training programme

Conference training this spring will include everything you need to know ahead of the local elections in May – whether that’s messaging, literature or what to say on the doorstep.  We’ll be covering it all: this is your one-stop-shop to prepare for the short campaign period and maximise our chances of success on 3 May.

As well as the four sessions below, you can also visit our Elections Surgery stall to chat to our election experts for bespoke advice on your election campaign. Feel free to bring along your campaign plan, literature and anything else you’d like to discuss. Book an advice slot online (link to follow) or drop by over the weekend.

 

Saturday 3 March, 11.30-12.45: Introduction to the election period
Chris Williams/Cami Ouzerdine – Green Party Regional Managers

This training session provides an overview of the final six weeks of your local election campaign – including messaging, literature, canvassing and polling day.  You’ll also find out how to gain the practical experience required to run a slick short campaign operation.
(This session is for those with little or no knowledge of how to run an election campaign – aimed at those who are planning to run a campaign in future years.)  

Saturday 3 March, 16.30-17.45: Refining your Target to Win messaging strategy
Chris Williams/Cami Ouzerdine – Green Party Regional Managers

This training session covers how to identify the target voter groups in your ward and develop campaign messages that win votes.  We will also provide guidance on building your messaging ‘toolkit’ and applying message discipline through literature and doorstep conversations.
(This session is for those with some knowledge already of running election campaigns – aimed at those who are entering the ‘short campaign’ period of their local election campaign.) 

Sunday 4 March, 09.00-10.15: Using literature to win local elections

Chris Williams/Cami Ouzerdine – Green Party Regional Managers

This training session goes through the variety and quantity of literature needed in your target ward to win.  We will cover content as well as design, and will provide you with templates and graphics to use in your own campaigns.
(This session is for those with some knowledge already of running election campaigns – aimed at those who are entering the ‘short campaign’ period of their local election campaign.) 

Sunday 4 March, 13.30-14.45: Project managing your election campaign
Chris Williams/Cami Ouzerdine – Green Party Regional Managers

This training session, aimed at local Campaign Organisers, covers the essentials you’ll need to run a top notch short campaign.  We will cover campaign plans, managing your team, mobilising activists and planning for polling day.
(This session is for those with some knowledge already of running election campaigns – aimed at those who are entering the ‘short campaign’ period of their local election campaign.)

 

Plus training and presentations specifically for Young Greens... 

While only 3% of Councillors nationwide are under the age of 30, we’re proud to announce we are above the national average, with 4.8% Young Green Councillors. However we’re not stopping there - we want to increase our numbers, and support Young Green candidates as much as we can!

The Young Greens will therefore be hosting a day of training and presentations for YG candidates and Councillors on the Saturday of Conference. So if you’re 30 or under and are thinking of becoming a Green candidate in the next year or two, come along to meet other candidates, hear from our Regional Managers about what’s involved and why standing for the Greens is so important. We’ll also be joined by the Party Leadership. See programme below. Contact the Young Greens Officer, Georgia.whitaker@greenparty.org.uk for more information. 

 

Saturday 3 March, 10- 11.15, The core principles of our local election winning strategy
Chris Williams/Cami Ouzerdine – Green Party Regional Managers 
This training session provides an overview of the core principles of our local election winning strategy, including a case study of one of our most successful wins, to help you elect Young Green councillors where you live

Saturday 3 March, 11.30-12.00, Q + A from Young Green Councillor Sabrina Poole
Sabrina Poole- Councillor of Cirencester Town Council

Young Green Cllr. Sabrina Poole first stood as a non-target candidate aged 24 years old. Two years later, she became Councillor of Cirencester Town Council. Sabrina will be giving a 15 minute presentation on her election win story, with opportunity for 15 minutes of questions. 

Saturday 3 March, 12.00-12.45, Green World v the Real World
Chris Williams/Cami Ouzerdine – Green Party Regional Managers 

Understanding what persuades voters to vote Green isn’t always easy.  This training session will cover what voters want and how to get our message across in a way that resonates with our target audience.

Saturday 3 March, 12.45-13.30, Election Surgeries

These one on one election surgeries with Campaign School graduates will give you tailored advice for your own campaign. Please note, registering as soon as possible will allow us to ensure that this session is as useful as possible for you. Make sure you come prepared with questions, and register your interest by emailing georgia.whitaker@greenparty.org.uk before 01/03/18.

Saturday 3 March, 4.45-18.00 Public Speaking
Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

In her three and a half years as Green Party Deputy Leader, Amelia Womack has a gained wealth of public speaking experience; from television appearances, radio shows, addressing Conference and beyond. Amelia will spend the first half of this session sharing her experiences and top tips, with the latter half of the session dedicated you writing your own speeches which will be filmed by our External Communications Officers from the Young Greens Executive Committee