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

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

See our separate page for information about joining the Green Party.

Our current local volunteering opportunities

Unless otherwise indicated, both members and non-members of the Green Party may volunteer in these roles. Last updated: 31st October 2020

Leafleting volunteers in Winton East and Queen's Park: Can you spare an hour or two to help our Green councillors Simon Bull and Chris Rigby, or local Green Party campaigner Alasdair Keddie, with their community communication direct to 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. (We are taking a number of pandemic-related hygiene precautions.) 

Media & Comms volunteers: BCPGP's Media & Comms Working Group is rolling out a range of volunteering opportunities, some requiring specific skillsets, and some more open to anyone keen to help in this field:

Journalism/press | Media research | Content creation | Camera crew | Video production | Design | Sub-editing | Training and strategic development | Analytics | WordPress development | Community media scanning | Transcription and subtitling | Proof-reading 

For full details, see the separate Media & Comms volunteering page.

Join one of our revamped monthly members' meetings (now via videoconference)

BCPGP now holds three different kinds of members' monthly meetings, on a rotational basis. If you've not been to one for a while, we now take more engaging and contemporary approaches to your monthly gathering. They're all on Zoom at this time.

People's Assemblies (or open spaces) 

For discussion in small groups of activism and/or policy on a topic of your choice, within an overall theme. Next dates:

  • People's Assembly on crime, anti-social behaviour, community safety and justice (partial or total focus on drug-related crime, tbc), Weds 27th Jan 2021, 7pm-9pm
  • Open Space on local climate and ecological emergency, Weds 28th April 2021, 7pm-9pm
  • Further event, theme tbc, Weds 28th July 2021, 7pm-9pm
Local Groups Nights

Breakout groups for each of our five Parliamentary constituencies (Bournemouth East, Bournemouth West, Christchurch, Mid Dorset & North Poole, and Poole), followed by a second round of breakout groups for each of our three towns. Connect with other Greens in your part of our conurbation. Next dates:

  • Weds 24th February 2021
  • Weds 26th May 2021
  • Weds 25th Aug 2021, all 7pm-9pm
Politics & Elections Workshops

For members interested in local political influence, learning the ropes of council election campaigning, and planning towards the May 2023 local elections. (Please locate your email Members' Newsletter sent on 26 Oct for recordings of past training segments on YouTube.) Next dates:

  • Weds 25th November, 7pm-9pm
  • followed by Weds 31st March 2021, and Weds 30th June 2021, all 7pm-9pm
  • (If you're keen to interact on local election topics before the next workshop at the end of November, jump on Slack now or contact coordinator@bcp.greenparty.org.uk.)

Not yet a Green Party member? Membership costs from 50p to £3 per month and comes with a range of benefits. [Join now...]

Non-member supporters may sometimes attend BCPGP members' meetings, by invitation. Please email contact@bcp.greenparty.org.uk to request an invite.

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
  • Each specialist working group (see below) has its 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 three active local groups. All Green-minded folk in the areas covered are invited to connect with their group.

Another local Green groups will be starting in the reasonably near future, covering the ward of Boscombe West - email Anne Cassels at boscombewest@bcp.greenparty.org.uk

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

Host a video event

During this extraordinary time of social distancing, the Green Party is obviously no longer holding physical gatherings.

BCPGP however uses the video conferencing platform Zoom. We're really positive in principle about supporting all kinds of video events - whether socials, speaker events, or open discussion events on a theme - for BCP or a smaller area (e.g. one town).

If you'd be interested in 'hosting' a video event, please email coordinator@bcp.greenparty.org.uk

Join a local Green Party working group

Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Green Party is developing a series of working groups, to take forward different specialist areas of the local party organisation's activity - allowing you to contribute your skills in a focused and efficient way. Each working group has a Slack channel for efficient communication between meetings. Three groups are currently active:

  • Media & Comms: Coordinating copywriting, videography, design, sub-editing, third-party info sharing and integration across our communications channels - press releases, this website, events calendar, social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, with Instagram launching soon), member/supporter mailings, and intranet. Email cooordinator@bcp.greenparty.org.uk to get involved.
  • Membership: Covering welcome and outreach to members, social events, the membership experience, and volunteer coordination. Email membership@bcp.greenparty.org.uk to get involved.
  • Admin & Governance: Developing and overseeing fit-for-purpose administration systems for this unstaffed activist organiation which enable 'distributed organising'; ensuring that the organisation is soundly and democratically governed. Email coordinator@bcp.greenparty.org.uk to get involved.

Participants are currently invited for a further group expected to launch in the autumn:

  • Finance & Fundraising: Developing and implementing all kinds of fundraising actions, and financial reporting and monitoring. Email coordinator@bcp.greenparty.org.uk to express an interest.

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 will take anything from 18 months to three years, 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 coordinator@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.

Become a local party officer

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:

List of vacant officer roles:

  • Campaigns Officer
  • Community Organiser
  • Data Officer
  • Elections Coordinator
  • Ground Events Officer
  • Internal Communications Officer
  • Media & Communications Secretary
  • Multimedia Production Officer
  • Policy Officer
  • Press Officer
  • Social Officer
  • Speaker Events Officer
  • Training Officer
  • Venues Officer
  • Volunteer Coordinator

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

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