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Volunteer Roles

What's Involved?

The Liberal Democrats are very reliant on their active members and supporters. We know that many are keen to do more but are sometimes unsure what is involved and whether they have the relevant skills and experience. If that is you, this table may help. However, if you are keen to help, we can support you to make a success of any role.

Team

Role

Description

Desirable Skills/ Experiences

Time Commitment

Candidates

Candidates Lib Dems stand for parliament, county councils, district councils, town and parish councils. There are always openings for new candidates, whether you want to fight a vigorous campaign in a winnable seat or keep the flag flying in a less-likely area. Send a message to our candidates team to find out more. Naturally, you will support our aims and relevant policies. Previous experience of standing in any election is not necessary to be a candidate but it is normal for anyone wishing to become an MP. But if you want to find out more, you can talk to one of our councillors or join a campaign at election time. Just contact our campaigns team. This varies a great deal. A 'paper' candidate may need only to complete the local council election paperwork but other candidates will be involved in election teams, meeting voters, delivering leaflets. For parliamentary seats, much more is involved. If you are elected, the commitment obviously increases.
Candidate Selection Panels We use a variety of panels to select different sorts of candidates. The chairs usually need some online training and training is available for all members of panels if they wish. These are important roles, to ensure that potential candidates are suitable, support Liberal Democrat principles and fully represent a diverse country and party. If you are interested, contact our candidates team. Good team-working skills. Good and alert listener. Supportive manner. Good understanding of what the party stands for. For local elections,a few hours per seat: each candidate's application form and cv need to be read carefully. For most applicants, a panel meeting (usually online) will discuss applications. For target seats, there will also be an online meeting with the candidate(s). For parliamentary seats, the process is similar but more elaborate.

Campaign Strategy

Campaigns Co-ordination We need as many people as possible to help organise and run our campaigns. There are some specific roles listed separately but there are also vacancies for anyone with good ideas and the keenness to see these through. For more details, this link takes you to the campaigns team. Roles for everyone, with enthusiasm, drive and ideas. As much as you are prepared to give, but usually an hour or two for meetings every month and then some time to implement the plans.
Leaflet, Survey, Poster Design Leaflets, Surveys and Posters all need to be designed, before being checked and tweaked with campaign teams. We aim to produce eye-catching, clear, honest but memorable designs. The campaigns team can tell you more. If you have the skills to produce any of these, you will be welcome. The normal software used by the party is Affinity, which makes the sharing and adaptation of material more straightforward, but familiarity with other design packages is also fine. Online party training on Affinity is available. As with all design packages, as much time as you are prepared to give!
Media Management To get our party a higher profile, by encouraging activists to tell their stories, helping with their production and building our links with local media. Contact our campaigns team for more details. Persuasive person with a good eye for positive stories. A few hours a month (or more often in peak campaign times).
News Writing Writing the sorts of news stories that catch the eye of traditional and social media. Details from the campaigns team. Good writing skills and an ability to write compellingly and persuasively. A few hours a month (or more often in peak campaign times).
Social Media Team One or more roles to co-ordinate and develop our presence across social media (currently Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). Details from the campaigns team. Knowledge of how to use these platforms. Some of the team should be able to gather and intepret data for use in targeting. Very variable, but more during peak campaign and election periods.
Area Campaign Co-ordination Managing teams of volunteer deliverers in your local area and feeding information on local issues to campaign teams. Contact our campaign team to find out more. Good local knowledge and organisational skills. A few hours a month (more in the run-up to elections)
Councillor Liaison
Schedule Planning
Political Events Co-ordination
Canvass Co-ordination
Door-to-door Canvassers
Telephone Canvassers
Local Area Representatives
Poster and Stakeboard Co-ordination
Poster/ Stakeboard Sites

Organisation and Data

Leaflet Distribution Co-ordination
Local Area/ Ward Co-ordination
Leaflet Bundling
Leaflet Deliveries
Data Entry
Phone Bank Co-ordination
Phone Bank Callers
Office Work

Fund-Raising

Fund-Raising Co-ordination
Digital Fund-Raisers
Direct Contact Fund-Raisers
Social Events Team Members

Membership

Membership Record-Keeping
Volunteer Management
Diversity Development
Training Programme Management
New Member Engagement
Isolated Members Contacts
New Member Recruitment
Postal Contact Support
Newsletter Creation and Distribution

Councillor Support

Secretarial Support
Office Management
Diary and Event Management