How do I find the details of my local council?

To get in touch with your local council to arrange a hand-in of the ‘Refugees Welcome’ petition follow one of these links to find their contact details:

England Local Councils – fill in your postcode to find your local council.
Scotland Local Councils
Northern Ireland Local Councils
Welsh Local Councils

The quickest way to get in touch is probably to make a quick phone call to the main phone number and find out if the council are planning to meet before 14th September so you can arrange a group of people to head along and present the Refugee Welcome petition.

If they don’t have a meeting planned, you could get together with other local 38 Degrees members and plan an event outside the Town Hall and invite all your local councillors to come and accept a copy of the petition.

Or you could plan to host a stall on the high street to collect more petition signatures and invite local councillors to come and join the stall – this would be another great way to show them how much local support exists.

Where can I find the petition nearest to me?

Go to this page:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/refugees-welcome

And search for your postcode in the search bar at the top.

The campaigns closest to you will be listed below.

How do I set up an event to hand in the petition?

Once you’ve added more than 100 signatures to the online petition, you can set up an event page using the petition website.  It will send an invitation to everyone who’s signed your petition, and will automatically invite new signers.

This can help to bring focus and energy to a campaign – nothing beats getting people together about an issue they care about, especially if there’s a key moment.

It’s easy to do. Visit your petition page, and log into the website using the link on the top right hand side of the page.

Then click the “MANAGE” button next to your petition title, then click “ORGANISE EVENTS” on the right hand side of the page.

Follow the steps on the screen all the way through to set up an event.

If you’ve not got 100 signatures yet, why not write an email to your supporters asking them to share your petition and helps boost numbers? Or even hit the streets and collect some more signatures?

How do I download the signatures?

To do this, go to the ‘Manage’ section on your petition page (1). This is near the top of your petition on the right-hand side of the title. Once you’re in the ‘Manage’ section, click ‘Deliver petition’ (2). You can then click ‘Download printable pdf’ (3), which will show the names and postcodes of all the people who’ve signed your petition.

When you want to hand in your petition, you can print out the document onto paper.  Or you could just burn it onto a CD.

Don’t worry! Doing this won’t end your petition and you can do it as often as you need to.

See picture guide below:

download-signatures-guide

What should a petition hand-in event involve?

It’s totally up to you.  You may just want to hand in a copy of the petition to your town hall, or you could organise a big event and call up all of the local newspapers.

For starters, you could print out the words of the petition along with the number of people who have signed it on a large bit of card or a petition box – the main thing is that it’s really clear to read and will look great in a photo so that it can be used in local press and is something that the council could display in their reception or another area.

How do I organise other members locally to collect more signatures?

Once you’ve added more than 100 signatures to the online petition, you can set up an event page using the petition website. It will send an invitation to everyone who’s signed your petition, and will automatically invite new signers.

This can help to bring focus and energy to a campaign – nothing beats getting people together about an issue they care about, especially if there’s a key moment.

It’s easy to do. Visit your petition page, and log into the website using the link on the top right hand side of the page.

Then click the “MANAGE” button next to your petition title, then click “ORGANISE EVENTS” on the right hand side of the page.

Follow the steps on the screen all the way through to set up an event.

To print off some blank petition sheets, from your petition page click “MANAGE”, then click “COLLECT SIGNATURES ON PAPER”. You then simply click the “PRINTABLE BLANK FORM” button, to download a form you can print and take out on the streets.

Which councils have agreed to take in refugee families?

There are reports (like this one) that more than 40 local councils have agreed to offer sanctuary to refugee families. However, we don’t yet have the details on which councils have agreed and how many families they will take. We’ll update this as we have more information.

How do I email my supporters?

When you’re signed in to your campaign, go to the ‘Manage’ section on your petition page (1). This is near the top of your petition on the right-hand side of the title. Once you’re in the ‘Manage’ section, click ‘Email supporters’ (2) and follow the instructions. You can send up to three updates per week. See picture guide below:
email-supporters-guide

I'm having problems logging in!

Go to this page:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/

Click “Log in” at the top right of the page, next to the little padlock.

Enter your details and click the red “LOG IN” button.

If you’ve forgotten your password, click “Forgot password?”, above the red “LOG IN” button – instructions on how to reset your password will be emailed to you once you enter your email address and click “NEXT”.

How do I make someone else a joint admin on my petition?

First go to the ‘Manage’ section on your petition page (1). This is near the top of your petition on the right-hand side of the title. Once you’re in the ‘Manage’ section, click ‘Campaign Admins’ (2). You can then email invitations to future co-admins. See picture guide below:

admins-guide

How do I write to my local paper?

Go to this page:
https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/write-to-your-local-paper-refugee-petition

Enter your postcode and you’ll be taken to a page where you can email your local paper.

You’ll need to change all the parts in [square brackets] to make sure it’s relevant to your area.

It’s really important that you scroll all the way down and read the template carefully, as there are parts you will need to change to include your name, and where you live.

Make sure you change the subject line as well!