UPDATE: Thank you! We’ve now raised enough money to give a special package of support to four people from areas without Liberal Democrat councillors. Only a few hundred more pounds will mean a fifth person can receive it too. Can you donate to help make this happen? Here’s what it is all about…
There are liberals in every community across our country. There are Remainers in every community. But there are not Liberal Democrat councillors.
Getting more Liberal Democrat councillors elected means more councillors working hard to create communities where people feel their views matter and where liberalism wins out over extremism.
You’ll know that for many years I’ve been encouraging people to take the first step to winning by standing candidates in every contest.
It’s great to see the way the culture in the party has been changing on this. But even in this May’s fantastic local elections, the party stood candidates in only just over half the wards up for election.
ALDC has calculated that with more candidates, we would have made around 1,000 net gains this May rather than the 704 we secured.
Many local parties have made fabulous advances. But sadly there are still many areas where we have keen people who don’t yet have the skills and experience to build a winning team and elect Liberal Democrats.
But there’s a solution – and one I’d like your help to achieve.
ALDC’s brilliant Kickstart residential training weekends, followed up by ALDC staff support, have a proven record of helping keen new activists learn what is required to win – and then support them through to winning council seats.
It costs £500 to give a new activist an intensive training and mentoring programme over two Kickstart weekends, followed up with support from ALDC staff, along with access to ALDC templates and all their other support services.
So here’s how you can help more Liberal Democrats win.
I’d like you to help me and other readers of Liberal Democrat Newswire raise £2,000 so ALDC can provide that support package to four new activists from four different areas that are without any Lib Dem councillors currently.
In areas where we’ve not yet started to grow and win, the costs of ALDC membership and going to Kickstart can be a major obstacle. With your help, we can remove that obstacle.
If we raise the money now, that support can kick in ready to help those four run winning council elections at the very next opportunity, next May.
Each £500 will get another activist that vital support package.
With your help, we can give activists a flying start to get the party winning in areas where we currently have no locally elected voice. Areas where we can start winning council seats. Areas where residents can benefit from our community campaigning and new councillors can put Liberal Democrat values into practice.
Please help make this happen by donating now.
It’s the first time I’ve tried a special fundraising drive like this. As someone who regularly helps provide training at Kickstart, I’m really excited about getting that support to more people.
Let’s make that happen.