On 8 February, we will all have the opportunity to help elect a government that will shape a vision for Ireland that is fair and inclusive, and which values the central role which charities, community and voluntary organisations, and social enterprises have to play in making this a reality.
We are pleased to today be launching our Stronger Communities, Stronger Ireland General Election 2020 campaign, which makes the following four asks of every candidate running for office in General Election 2020:
- Recognise and support the value that the charity, community and voluntary, and social enterprise sector adds to society
- Support sustainable funding models
- Enable responsive services through streamlined compliance systems
- Embrace collaborative partnership working with the sector.
The Stronger Communities, Stronger Ireland campaign can only succeed if our members get involved too. Here are three ways we are asking you to take action today:
- CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CANDIDATE
Ask your local candidate to demonstrate their support for the charity, community and voluntary, and social enterprise sector by inviting them to sign the Stronger Communities, Stronger Ireland manifesto. Our easy-to-use online tool will allow you to auto select the candidates in your constituency and send an email to them detailing the Stronger Communities, Stronger Ireland manifesto with just the touch of a button – use the tool here.
- MEET THE POLICYMAKERS
On 30 January in Dublin, our General Election 2020 Hustings event will provide you with an important opportunity for you to hear from, and ask questions of, representatives from the main political parties standing for election. We hope you can join us for this special pan-sectoral hustings – full details here
- SHARE THE MESSAGE FAR AND WIDE
Download all of our campaign materials here, so you are ready to promote the sector when your local candidates come knocking! (Alternatively we will happily send you some hard copies – email firstname.lastname@example.org to request.) In addition, be sure to talk to friends and family about why these issues matter to you. You can promote the value of the sector using our social media assets, and by using our campaign hashtag: #WavesOfChange
Finally, we know that many of our members will be running their own campaigns for GE2020. We invite you to submit your organisation’s campaign manifestos to email@example.com, and we will post it to our website and send you a link.
While as individuals we may seem but drops in the ocean, once united we are a powerful force. We are asking you to unite behind Stronger Communities, Stronger Ireland to make #WavesOfChange