How can I get involved with a local group?

You can find out if there’s a group near you here:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/local_chapter_collections/1

If there’s no local group already set up, you can apply to organise one near you! To find out more, have a look at the question “How do I start a local group?

How do I start a local group?

The office team have arranged a series of phone briefings and day-long trainings to support 38 Degrees members who want to set up a group in their area. Get in touch at [email protected] to register your interest!

How do I use the local groups page?

Here’s a handy guide (including pictures) to show you how to use this tool:
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2016/02/16/greater-london-get-together-how-to-set-up-local-group-session/

The tool is a great way to communicate quickly and stay up to date, but it’s best used to complement face-to-face meetings. There’s still no substitute for good old-fashioned get togethers!

The more you personalise your page, the better. To get the conversation flowing, try writing a few lines about yourself and why you’re excited about being in a 38 Degrees group.

How do I create an event?

Once your local group page is up and running, you can set up your first event!

You don’t need a fancy location: 38 Degrees groups meet in cafes, pubs, people’s living rooms – even parks if the weather’s nice! Don’t be afraid to ask if you need to borrow some space – you’ll be surprised how often people want to help.

Creating an event on the tool will automatically notify everyone who’s already a member of your group.

Also, Bryony and Trish in the local groups team can let local 38 Degrees members know about your first event (and future events from time to time). Simply send a few lines about yourself and the event you’re hosting to [email protected], along with the area you’d like to send the invite to, and we’ll do the rest. It’s good to give as much notice as possible to make sure people can make it – 2 weeks is best.

Top tip: To avoid overloading people’s inboxes, the office team will only be able to send out email invitations to local members when it’s critical for the group. But once you’ve had your first meeting, you’ll all be in touch anyway!

Can I contact all the members of the group (as an organiser or part of the group)?

No, not directly. When you create a post in the discussion thread, or create an event, members of your group will receive a notification. However, some members prefer to change their notification settings so they won’t receive these every time someone posts.

Can I get in touch with other local organisers?

Yes! There’s an amazing network of people running 38 Degrees groups all over the country, and the local organisers’ group is where you can chat, exchange stories and advice, or just get to know each other.

You can join the local organisers’ group at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/local_chapters/a-group-for-38-degrees-local-organisers

How can I leave a local group?

On the top right hand corner of the group page there is a button saying ‘You are a member of the group’. Click the button and select ‘Leave the group.’

I RSVP’d to an event - how do I stop receiving notifications?

At the bottom of emails from the local group there is an option to ‘change the messages you receive’ – you can edit the number of notifications you receive here.

Right now, you can’t un-RSVP to an event. But if you comment in the post saying you can’t attend anymore, or contact the organiser directly, we’re sure everyone will understand. (To find out how to contact the group organiser directly, have a look at the question “Can I contact the organiser of the local group?”)

Can there be multiple organisers of a group?

Yes!

Can I contact the organiser of the local group?

Yes! You can email the organiser by clicking ‘contact organiser’ on the local group page.

How can I get in touch with the office local groups team?

We are here to help with anything you need. You can reach us on [email protected]

Top tip: the team support hundreds of local organisers, so things can get very busy! Don’t forget that your fellow organisers are your friends, and can often discuss first-hand experience on anything you’re struggling with.

Do you have any tips for keeping the group running?

Of course! We’ve found the following three tips are really helpful for keeping your local group running after your first meeting:

Join the weekly groups call
Every week, local organisers and the local groups team dial into a conference call. These calls are a great opportunity to share updates and ideas. The calls are also set up to allow organisers to break off into smaller regional groups so you can join forces with campaigners nearby.

The weekly update email has all the info you need to join the next groups call, including the date, time, and dial-in number.
Keep things moving locally
Once you’ve kickstarted your group, it’s crucial to keep up the momentum by meeting members of your group to find out what issues are affecting them locally. Campaigning actions might be at the heart of what you do together – or you could be focusing more on socials or planning meetings. All of these are a great way to keep people involved and inspired.

Make sure you research, act, and evaluate each time your group embarks on a new project.

Get campaigning!
Every 38 Degrees group will be different, and it’s up to the members in your group to decide what works best where you live. Whether you join in big national campaigns on issues like the NHS, or focus on local issues, there’s lots of help at hand. Our local campaigning platform (https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/local-campaigns) is a great place to start.

What are the principles of 38 Degrees groups?

There are hundreds of 38 Degrees groups all over the country, and no two are the same. But for all their diversity, our campaigns are united by these principles:

Member led
It’s the foundation of 38 Degrees and keeps our groups on the right track – we make sure everyone’s voice is heard.

Non-partisan
We support issues, not political parties.

Nimble
We’re dynamic and include all kinds of people, so our groups have multiple organisers and lots of members that dip in and out.

Mischievous
We know that nothing’s impossible.

Prepared to get things wrong
To run brilliant and bold campaigns, we sometimes get things wrong, but we always learn from our mistakes.

Fun
We celebrate, we include, we think outside the box to achieve our aims.

Trusting
Building a fairer world is a hefty task, and we know no one person can do it alone. So we trust each other to play our part and do the right thing.