Organise a letter writing campaign
A letter writing campaign can be an effective way for a group of people who share concerns to influence decision makers. It also gives a better chance of decision makers taking notice of your concerns.
How can letter writing campaigns make an impact? One letter can be more easily dismissed, but lots of letters calling for the same thing are much harder to ignore! Even just a few letters from different people with similar concerns can make an impact.
When is it appropriate to organise a letter writing campaign? When there is something you want to change, big or small – it could be a local issue (within your school, university or local government), a state issue (e.g. alcohol education), or a federal issue (e.g. alcohol advertising).
Who should I send the letter to? Choose the appropriate person to address the letters to (e.g. school or university official, local government mayor, Member of Parliament, state or federal minister). Check out the which Ministers are responsible for alcohol issues section to find out which politicians are best placed to respond. If you’re not sure, find someone who would know to make sure the letters go to the right place.
- Make it easy for people to join in - prepare a few key points that give people somewhere to start their letter and help ensure consistent key messages.
- Provide the details of who to address the letters to and where to send them.
- Encourage people to write their letters in their own words – letters could be personalised by including why they are concerned or how the issue affects them.
- Rally your networks - friends, neighbours, school community, colleagues, social media networks – whoever may share your concerns.
- Encourage and remind people, be positive and give them a deadline.
- Letters can be sent by mail or email – either form is generally accepted.
- Ask people to send you a copy of their letter so you have an idea of how many letters were sent.