Disabled children and families must be heard: 6 tips for sharing Maureen’s open letter
Aidan Smith – Campaign Officer at the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) – August 2021
With research from the DCP revealing that nearly three quarters of disabled children have seen their overall development regress in the pandemic, Maureen Muteesa – an amazing parent campaigner – has written an open letter to the government to fund COVID-19 recovery policies and a different future for families.
Maureen – and families across the country – must be heard. We need to get as many signatures for Maureen’s open letter as possible. Read on for 6 top tips to promote the letter in your communities and networks.
- Download our flyer
- Social media
- Community groups
- Run a local event or attend a meeting
- Email your local MP or councillor
1. Download our flyer
To help spread the letter in your communities, we’ve created a flyer that you can print off and put up in your workplace, local noticeboards, shops, clubs, and other locations in your community. You should always ask the owner of a premises before putting a flyer up, but because this is such an important cause we are hopeful most places would say yes!
The flyer has the link to the letter on it, but you can also ‘scan’ the QR code on the letter with your smart phone or tablet’s camera to access the link. There is both an A3 and an A4 version available.
2. Social media
Social media is an extremely effective tool for digital campaigning. With just a few shares, one post can quickly spread like wildfire – reaching a huge audience. After signing the letter, the quickest and easiest way to spread it further is to quickly share the link on your social media platform of choice.
Just click on one of the links below to share Maureen’s letter on your platform of choice.
It is estimated that over 300 billion emails are sent a day across the world, making it one of the simplest and most-used forms of communication. If use BCC, you could email your colleagues, family members, and friends in one big email and get the letter distributed to many people in one click. We’ve prepared a template email for you to use below.
4. Community groups
Are you involved in a local-groups that you could quickly share the open letter with via email, or at one of your meetings? These types of groups tend to be really close knit, run regular newsletters where you could put the link to the letter in, and are quite likely to result in extra signatures! Here are some ideas of local relevant groups you could share the letter with:
- Parent carer forums.
- Schools, including any local special needs and disabilities schools.
- Local sports teams, like football, cricket, rugby or cycling.
- Faith and worship groups, e.g. your local church, mosque, or synagogue.
- Reading clubs, and other hobby groups.
- Political parties or local activism.
- Neighborhood groups.
- Community centers.
5. Run a local event or speak at a meeting
There’s no better way to convince people to join a social cause by asking them face to face – physically or in person. Are there any local meetings you could join and ask people to sign the letter? In addition, could you try and collect signatures through a local event, like a village fete, car boot sale, or by setting up a stall near a train station or other location that gets a lot of footfall? All you would need to do to collect signatures is have an iPad or another portable computer with access to the internet and ask people to put their names on the letter.
You will need to get permission from whoever owns the property or area where you are hosting your event first. If it’s public land, it would be a good idea to ask your local authority or council. You can look up who your local authority is here.
It may be useful to know more about the DCP’s research and campaign before you speak at a meeting or run an event. If useful, you can download our campaign briefing that provides an overview of the campaign – including key stats.
The DCP team would also be happy to look at attending any meetings and events to speak about the campaign and our research. If you think this could be helpful, do drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Email your local MP or councillor
MPs and councillors are very connected with their local communities, and should listen to your concerns and views. They often run local newsletters, and have a lot of followers on social media. You could consider emailing your MP or councillor and ask them to share the open letter in one of their newsletters and on their social media pages.
Finally, make sure you are signed up to our campaigner network if you want to hear the latest updates on signatures and the campaign. If you have any questions about this blog, the letter, or the campaign, please email us on email@example.com