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The government in England wants more decisions to be made by local people so that services can better meet their needs. Here at Macmillan, we want to make sure that people affected by cancer have their voices heard too. Our Campaigns guide book| can help you make this happen.
By supporting our campaigns locally you can help improve the day-to-day lives of cancer patients and their families. For example, you may want to help change the car parking policy at your local hospital or be interested in campaigning for round-the-clock nursing support in your area.
We have created some handy tools to get you started with local campaigning – check out our guide below. You can also sign up to be an e-campaigner| to stay updated on our latest calls to action.
Our Campaigns guide book| provides tried and tested tools and techniques to help you campaign successfully, including:
Decision makers include people like your MP. These people have a lot of influence to help change things for the better. It’s their job to listen to the concerns of the people in their area, so don’t be shy about setting up a meeting to explain why your campaign is important. Be prepared – come armed with an agenda noting the key things you want to cover.
Download our template letter to decision makers.|
You might be holding an event or have a compelling story about a local resident to share. Either way, this is a great channel for promoting your events, campaigns messages, and getting more people on board.
Download our template press release.|
This is a great way to demonstrate that your campaign has widespread support. Your local newspaper might even be interested in including a story about it, which can help spread the word about the issue you’re campaigning on. If you’re interested in setting up a petition, please download our petition request form| and email it to us| – we can help you put it together.
You can campaign locally as an individual or with one or two friends. But Macmillan also wants to establish a small number of local pilot groups to support our national campaigns. If you are interested in setting up a local campaign group please email firstname.lastname@example.org|.
Health services are devolved in Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales. To see how Macmillan is campaigning in these countries see the links below:
Our campaigns in Scotland|.
Our campaigns in Northern Ireland|.
Our campaigns in Wales|.
If you’re not already signed up as one of our growing band of e-campaigners, take a minute to sign up today|. As an e-campaigner you will receive regular email updates on our campaigns and what you can do to help. We may ask you to sign a petition, email your MP or share our campaign actions with your friends. Whatever it might be, taking action is quick, easy and can make a real difference.
If you want to be a voice for cancer care in your community, the Campaigns team at Macmillan is here to help. Kat Hobbs, Local Campaigns Officer, Macmillan
If you want to be a voice for cancer care in your community, the Campaigns team at Macmillan is here to help.
Kat Hobbs, Local Campaigns Officer, Macmillan
Thanks to our campaigners, we've already taken steps towards better care for cancer patients including:
As well as campaigning, there are many other ways to get involved with Macmillan.
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