The Conservative Party relies on its members to help with a variety of activities to ensure the Association can win elections. People volunteer for a range of reasons such as wanting to keep active after retirement to adding a skill to their CV.
No matter how much time you can give or what you can do there is always something you can help with. Have a look at the common activities below and get in touch if you think you can help.
Deliver leaflets locally:
Deliverers look after an area of houses near their home to deliver our “intouch” leaflets or newspapers. A normal route will take someone around 1 ½ hours, depending on the person, and there are around four deliveries a year.
During election times there will be extra deliveries and Blast Days are organised throughout the year to help out in other areas, normally followed with a drink in a pub.
Usually as a team with a candidate for local government or parliament, canvassing involves knocking on doors to speak to people about their concerns for the area, gaining information so the candidate can help and if they will support the candidate at the election.
If you’re not sure about canvassing, it can be done in pairs until you’re confident to knock yourself.
Throughout the year members organise fundraising events for other members and like minded people, with the support of the office and the local branch. This is a great way to meet people and have fun.
Join a local branch:
Members in local area, such as a town, village or council ward, get together a form a branch. The branches organise a range of activities from fundraising events to campaigning, delivering leaflets and canvassing.
The branch committee take on similar roles as the executive committee. Crucially the branch organises the selection of local government candidates for their area.
The Party and candidates receive a lot of letters from members of the public asking questions about policy or if we can help with an issue they have. If campaigning is not for you, or you want to improve your office skills, being a voluntary caseworker might be for you.
Caseworkers are crucial in the world of politics and people with strong casework skills can generally find work in Parliament or a constituency with the right work experience.