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Aug 18th, 2011

FAQs: organising forest get-togethers

By Mari Tunby

Lots of members have already been in touch asking questions about how to organise a forest get-together. We’ve gathered together some of the most frequently asked ones and answered them here. If  you’re wondering about something that’s not covered here, leave your question in the comments section below and we’ll update the FAQ.

How much time will it take to organise a get-together?

To organise a get-together should not take more than a couple of hours to organise. Sharing your photos, stories and videos with other 38 Degrees members on the website might take another hour. But if you feel like putting a bit more time in, then that’s brilliant.

Will I need to invite people?

If you add your event to the 38 Degrees events tool at least four days before the event, we’ll send an invite automatically to other 38 Degrees members in your area. But it’s also good idea to ask people you know to come via Facebook, email or Twitter as well, especially as it can be a good way to get new people involved in saving our forests.

How will I know how many people are coming?

Once you have entered the event into the 38 Degrees events system, you’ll be able to check to see how many people have said they’re going to come along.

What will be expected from me at the event?

Although you’ll be the organiser, it’s up to each person who comes to the event to join in in the way that works for them. We’re going to create a factsheet with some ideas for ways to help people get involved and to start a discussion. You might want to prepare a couple of starter questions, or perhaps think up a couple of ideas for photos before you get there, to help get the ball rolling.

Are these events party-political?

It’s important that 38 Degrees remains entirely non-partisan, and that people from all political backgrounds are welcome to take part in our events. Anyone who is concerned about the future of our forests should be able to attend. If you are a member of a political party, it’s OK to get involved, but it would be best to leave your party banners and leaflets at home for the day!

Am I expected to know loads of detailed stuff about the forest campaign?

No. The most important thing is that you care about the issue and are able to convey that to the rest of the group. We”ll also prepare some resources that we’ll share here on the blog, as soon as they’re ready!

How do I find a postcode for somewhere that doesn’t have any buildings, like a car park or woodland?

A few members have found this a bit tricky, but the best solution seems to be to find the nearest business or house, and use their postcode. Then describe the actual meeting place and directions in a bit more detail in the space on the form for describing the event.

How can I get extra advice?

If these frequently asked questions haven’t covered something you feel you need to know, you can ask your question in the comments below, and we will do our best to update the FAQ!  There’s also our step-by-step guide or organising an event or you could have a look at our “hints and tips“, which we’re keeping up to date with good ideas we’ve heard 38 Degrees members organising events.

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