Support for activists
What can I do?
Real democratic and social progress has only been made possible by people organising and taking action - whether the cause be civil rights, fair electoral processes, universal suffrage or labour rights. Moving to Proportional Representation requires a similar change, shifting power from the few to the many.
By being a part of a local campaign group, you will be playing an important role in the biggest improvement to our democracy since women won the vote. It’s exciting, rewarding, and - with so many of our political problems arising from our broken democracy - could make all the difference in the UK; making it a better, fairer, more equal, more cordial place for everyone to live.
We believe the way to secure PR is for a grassroots movement, pushing for change from the bottom-up, to work in partnership with an Alliance of politicians and leaders, who in turn will use their profile to call for and ultimately enact reform. The grassroots movement has a vital role to play in building public understanding, demonstrating public support, persuading leaders to support and actively campaign for fair votes, and holding those leaders to their word when the opportunity to fix our democracy arises.
What are the next steps?
One key action you can take is to join or organise a meeting in your local area. Changing our electoral system might feel like an impossible mountain to climb, but when you get together with other people in your community you will find many individuals who care passionately about democracy. This gives all of us hope. Out of hope will come action, and out of action will come success.
You do not need to be an experienced activist, an electoral reform expert or a natural leader to organise a first meeting. Make Votes Matter can help every step of the way - we will even come and speak at your meeting if you'd like us to. Nor do you have to start from scratch. With a growing number of people campaigning for Proportional Representation up and down the country, we've assembled the Local Group Toolkit, based on the wisdom and experiences of activists working in the field.
The Toolkit is a step-by-step instruction manual for those who need one, and a wealth of inspiration and ideas for those who don't. If you’d like to make any suggestions for additions or improvements we’d be keen to hear.