Get Involved with the Green Party in Bournemouth, Christchurch and 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: 16th July 2020

Leafleting volunteers in Winton East and Queen's Park: This summer we are resuming our door-to-door leafleting activities, with a number of new pandemic-related hygiene precautions. Can you spare an hour or two to help our Green councillors Simon Bull and Chris Rigby, or local Green Party activist 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 to volunteer.  

Climate & Ecological Emergency policy volunteers: We are looking for volunteers to join an in-progress project of preparing a local Green Party submission to BCP Council's current consultation on ideas for the local Climate & Ecological Emergency. We've already collectively assembled a load of ideas under topic headings, in groups at our first and second People's Assembly events on the emergency. We need people to pick out those ideas from the Assembly which relate in some way to BCP Council's remit, and to do a bit of Internet research to provide explanations and evidence with the ideas. Email to volunteer.

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 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

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

Host a video social event

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

BCPGP however uses the video conferencing platform Jitsi Meet, which is free and open source (anyone can create a meeting room in seconds, to use for as long as needed). We're really positive in principle about "video social events", for BCP or a smaller area (e.g. one town).

If you'd be interested in 'hosting' a video social, please email

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 to get involved.
  • Membership: Covering welcome and outreach to members, social events, the membership experience, and volunteer coordination. Email 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 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 to express an interest.

Monthly business meetings (now via videoconference)

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Green Party holds a monthly business meeting for members, where the local party's business is conducted. Most sections of this meeting are also open to guests who may be interested in getting involved in the local Green Party organisation.

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of every month, except August and December, from 7.00pm-9.00pm.

Currently meetings take place via Jitsi Meet videoconferencing. You can take part on a PC, tablet or smartphone (with or without webcam), or alternatively you can dial in on any telephone to a number provided. Joining instructions for monthly meetings on Jitsi Meet are included in the notice email sent to members, or members can alternatively find joining info on Green Space. If you are unable to locate the information, you can email for assistance.

(Before the current exceptional circumstances, meetings were held physically at Moordown Community Centre, 21 Coronation Avenue, Bournemouth BH9 1TW.)

The agenda is e-mailed to BCPGP members ahead of each meeting, and the minutes are circulated subsequently. Local party members can also access these documents on the party intranet.

For more information about business meetings, please e-mail the Secretary at

A SEDGP monthly meeting

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).

BCPGP elects its officers at its AGM each September. 

Elections for BCPGP Officers for 2020-21 will take place at the AGM. All posts are up for election and members are actively encouraged to put themselves forward.

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.

You may wish to stand for more than one role, but be aware that Officer roles do require a certain level of time, energy, and commitment.

List of Officer Roles

  • Coordinator *
  • Treasurer *
  • Secretary/Local Contact *
  • Nominating Officer *
  • Campaigns Officer
  • Chair
  • Community Organiser
  • Data Officer
  • Election Agent
  • Elections Coordinator
  • Fundraising Events Officer
  • Fundraising Officer
  • Ground Events Officer
  • Internal Communications Officer
  • Media & Communications Secretary
  • Media & Communications Strategy & Development Officer
  • Membership Secretary
  • Multimedia Production Officer
  • Nominating Officer
  • Policy Officer
  • Press Officer
  • Social Officer
  • Speaker Events Officer
  • Training Officer
  • Venues Officer
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Ward-Based Green Groups Officer
  • Disputes Resolution Panel (up to 6 members)

Role descriptions (based on National guidance) for each post are available here and our current constitution can be found here. The starred roles are a national requirement for BCPGP to be a legally constituted local party.

Nominee statements will be circulated soon after nominations have closed, along with voting instructions.

The AGM will allow time for a hustings where nominees can give a short statement and answer any questions from the floor prior to voting.

To stand for an officer position, please refer to the emails sent to all paid-up members of BCPGP (other than those opted out of all email communication) from "BCP Green Party ERO" on 12th August and 4th September. Or email to request instructions.

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 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

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: