Crafting change training: How to engage your politicians on climate change
Since COP Twenty Stitch, we’ve been thinking about further ways to take effective action on climate change.
Enter Hope for the Future (HFTF), a climate charity which works to equip communities, groups and individuals across the country to communicate the urgency of the climate emergency with their local politicians. Their vision is to see communities and their elected representatives across the UK come together to take decisive action on climate change.
We’re delighted that HFTF have kindly agreed to deliver some training, here at Stitched Up, for anyone interested in climate action from a clothing/fashion perspective.
The training session will provide you with the tools to communicate the urgency of climate change to politicians and decision-makers, and take you on the journey to creating policy change.
Maybe you’re passionate about sustainable fashion but crafting isn’t for you, or you’re looking to connect mending your clothes with meeting your MP. This is a perfect way to get involved!
Based on HFTF’s seven years of experience engaging MPs, this training will provide you with the skills to build strong relationships with your elected representatives on climate change, with a particular focus on sustainable fashion. Whether you’ve never contacted your MP before or are a seasoned campaigner, you will find value in this training. HFTF will offer tried and tested advice to help you be most effective in connecting with your MPs and councillors.
This training will include tailored information on Kate Green MP and Trafford Council but will be applicable to all elected politicians. No prior knowledge or experience needed. If crafting’s not for you, this is another great way to support sustainable fashion and create climate action by improving the policy on this issue. Hope for the Future offers ongoing 1-to-1 expert support for citizens to engage with their elected politicians, so this could be just the first step on your journey.
If you have any questions about this workshop, or would like to let the facilitator know about any access needs prior to the session please email email@example.com
Skills: Relationship building techniques. Research skills. Conversation skills. Working with MPs of different political persuasions. Finding common ground with your politicians. Framing your ‘ask’ for the best response. Choosing which issues to raise with your MP. Maintaining a relationship over time.
Level: No prior experience needed. Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced campaigner, there’ll be something for everyone.
Bring: You might like to bring a notebook for notes, but we will send you the workshop resources after the session. You’ll receive the workshop slides and a policy briefing on sustainable fashion.
Refreshments will not be provided on the night, so please bring a drink or snack if you’ll need one!
Tickets are free, but places are restricted so please book a ticket to secure your space.