Face-to-face 

  • A lot of candidates, or their supporters, will set up information stalls in town centres or at events as a way of meeting you. This is a great way to introduce yourself and have a conversation about kinship care.
  • Your candidates may attend meetings or community events. If it's appropriate and you see an opportunity to raise kinship care, take it.
  • You may find the candidates coming to you! Whether it’s doorstep conversations and calls are almost unavoidable during General Elections - turn these into useful opportunities for a quick conversation about kinship care.

Meetings and events

If you are going to an event or have arranges a meeting with your candidates, you might find the following helpful:

  • Write down the key issues you want to raise (try to keep this as brief as possible)
  • If you think you might be nervous, try reading out your key points a few times before the meeting
  • You can share our vision for kinship care with the candidates you are meeting.

Following up

  • If you managed to meet any of your candidates well done! This is a really important step in bringing them on board as a kinship care champion if they get elected as an MP, or a useful ally if they don’t.
  • Follow up to thank the candidate and to remind them of the meeting or conversation. If any of your candidates do take action, thank them again and look for other opportunities to strengthen this commitment.
  • Let us know how it went, and how you felt about it, whether you were able to get in touch with your candidates or not. Your feedback will help us support more kinship carers like you to campaign for improvements in kinship care. Email [email protected] 

Local media

Raising profile locally is a great way of increasing influence and attracting public interest in your campaign. The letters page of a local newspaper or radio phone-in programmes provide useful opportunities to air your concerns or highlight an event or activity you are doing.

Social Media

It’s never been easier to get the attention of candidates by tweeting them, leaving a comment on their Facebook post, or sharing a story with them online. If you have social media accounts, follow your candidates and other key people and get in touch with them to raise the campaign and what you are doing about it. You can also use social media to enlist the help and support of family, friends and other kinship carers you know and gain momentum for your election campaigning.