Get Involved with the Green Party in Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole

Updated 19th October 2021

For full current listings of local Green Party and local community events, check out our Events calendar.

Current volunteering opportunities - open to members and non-members

Leafleting volunteers in Winton East and Moordown: Can you spare an hour or two, in your own time? You can help our Green councillors Simon Bull and Chris Rigby, or Moordown Green Party campaigner Kate Salmon, by delivering their community communication door-to-door, direct to local residents. Gentle exercise included! It's largely by keeping newsletter deliveries going door-to-door all year round that we win and retain residents' support.

Email secretary@bcp.greenparty.org.uk to volunteer. 

Become a Green Party member

Not yet a member? It will cost between 50p and £3 per month, and grant you access to all these local opportunities. See our separate page for information about joining the Green Party.

Becoming a member gives you access to all the following opportunities...

Come to a members' monthly meeting

BCPGP members' monthly meeting

We hold a monthly local party meeting for members. We call this the "members' hub meeting", as the agenda for these meetings goes through all our areas of activity. When needed, we use this space to schedule separate smaller project group, topic group or working group meetings - which you can volunteer to participate in.

We meet on the last Wednesday of every month (except August and December) from 7pm-9pm. You can join us in person at Room 4, Moordown Community Centre (21 Coronation Avenue), Bournemouth, BH9 1TW... or you can dial in on Zoom - check member mailings for the weblink each month. 

Join the online conversation on Slack

Slack logoFor local collaboration among active members, the local party is using the digital platform Slack, accessible in any Web browser or as an app (iOS/Android/Windows).

All members who wish to be active in local party activities are strongly encouraged to get yourselves onto our Slack workspace (where the most up-to-date discussion and information is likely to be available) and then to set up the Slack app on your smartphone.

Slack is organised by "channels", where you sign up for the channels relevant to you:

  • Everyone is on #general for general discussion - plus #random, a separate channel for off-topic chat
  • We have a channel for discussion and collaboration on each of the themes for local Climate & Ecological Emergency action identified in our most recent People's Assembly - or you can start an additional channel for an extra topic
  • Each town has its own channel (#bournemouth, #christchurch, #poole) and each active local area (eg #winton) - you can add your own
  • Specialist organisational functions (any of which you can get involved with if they're your thing) also have their own channel.

Get onto Slack, and learn how to use it: Further details on our Members' area page. 

Join (or start) a neighbourhood Green group

Neighbourhood Green team on a litter pickWe currently have two active local groups. All Green-minded folk in the areas covered are invited to connect with their group.

Green Party member? Interested in starting a neighbourhood Green Party group where you live in Urban Dorset? We can help you get started. Email Martine at membership@bcp.greenparty.org.uk

Become a local party officer

Overlaid with the working groups model, we have a team of elected local party officers. If you're a member and you're interested in making a significant (but flexible and reasonable) activist commitment to helping the Green Party locally, and taking responsibility for an area of work to which you can bring some skills, please consider becoming an officer of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Green Party (BCPGP).

Being an elected officer in your local party is a rewarding way to volunteer, and a valuable way to contribute to its organisation and running. You will be a member off an active and communicating team which works within the structure and ethos of the Green Party, always remaining accountable to the members.

BCPGP elects its officers at its AGM each September. However we can 'co-opt' officers into vacant posts in-between AGMs. We do have a number of vacancies currently - see the list of officer roles (on the national party intranet, member login required) compared to our current list of elected officers. We also seek members for our Disputes Resolution Panel, to serve on an 'as and when' basis when a dispute occurs. 

Role descriptions (based on National guidance) for each post are available here and our current constitution can be found here

Stand for BCP Council

Simon Bull celebrating his 2015 election win with local Green membersWe are seeking enthusiastic, committed and hard-working candidates to help prepare for the next council elections in their ward. The next full BCP Council election will be in May 2023 - but preparing properly to strongly compete takes anything from 9-18 months, and the earlier you start the better. Additionally by-elections can be called for a number of reasons at short notice, so we have to be prepared at all times!

Green Party candidates must be paid-up members of the Green Party and support its main aims and policies. We are particularly keen to ensure diversity amongst our candidates. A variety of training resources and peer support will be available.

Email chris.henderson@bcp.greenparty.org.uk to register your interest in being an active council candidate, outlining any relevant experience, skills and/or existing community involvement, and identifying where you live.

 

The wider local green community

BH Green Drinks

Green Drinks is a great way to meet new people, catch up with friends or just hang out with people who also want to contribute in whatever way to a more sustainable society.

It's not party political - anyone with an interest in green issues is welcome, but there are normally a few Green Party members there, so do come along and meet us!

BH Green Drinks is held the second Thursday of every month from 7:30pm, the venue rotates around three locations.

Further details can be found on the BH Green Drinks Facebook Group.

Climate Reality Project

Host a presentation by Climate Leader Mark Chivers, a local Climate Leader.

The Climate Reality Project, founded  by former U.S Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, exists to encourage individuals to demand urgent action on climate change from their leaders; employing cutting-edge communications and grassroots engagement tools to break the dam of inaction and raise the profile of the climate crisis to its proper state of urgency. 

The Climate Reality Project can now offer Dorset community groups and business organisations the opportunity to hear the very latest thinking in this global challenge. 

No charges are made for presentations and interested groups can request a session via the Climate Reality website or email climaterealitydorset@gmail.com

Local fracking info

If you are worried about the consequences of Fracking locally, please visit this website to see what is happening in our area: 

http://www.ravenseyemedia.com/fracking-swanage/list-fracking.html