Get Involved with the Green Party in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCPGP)

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: 19th March 2020

Leafleters: Councilor Simon Bull and Councillor Chris Rigby's next community newsletter is due to be printed soon, and we'll be delivering copies door-to-door to residential letterboxes across their ward of Winton East (subject to Coronavirus precautions and any further restrictions). Please email coordinator@sedorset.greenparty.org.uk if you can help by delivering leaflets to a street or two. (It can be your home street if you're in Winton East.)

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 People's Assembly on the emergency. We need somebody 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 coordinator@sedorset.greenparty.org.uk to volunteer.

Media & Comms skilled volunteers: In the near future we will be launching volunteering pools for anyone who has communications or media skills you'd like to contribute flexibly, when you have time. You'll have a full toolkit and access to colleagues on Slack and Trello. You'll be able contribute your skills in any of the following areas:

  • Journalistic content
  • Editing and sub-editing (Web and social media)
  • Video shooting
  • Video production
  • Graphic design
  • Photography
  • Social media marketing/analytics
  • WordPress development

To register your interest now, email coordinator@sedorset.greenparty.org.uk.

Transcription volunteers: Our Media & Comms operation seeks volunteers to transcribe the text of the video we film (...or occasionally republish from elsewhere), to save time for our video producers and get videos on current events published quicker. Email coordinator@sedorset.greenparty.org.uk to volunteer.

Come to, or host, a video social event

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

BCPGP does however have its own video meeting space on the Zoom platform, with the option to 'break out' into several smaller groups. As the Coronavirus situation develops, we'll look into the feasibility and level of demand for "video social events", for BCP or a smaller area (e.g. one town).

If you'd be interested in 'hosting' a Zoom social, please email coordinator@sedorset.greenparty.org.uk

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
  • Looking to volunteer on a flexible basis, as and when you're free? We have channels where calls are made for different kinds of volunteer help, e.g. #design, #volunteer-drivers.

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 neighbourhood groups. All Green-minded folk in the areas covered are invited to connect with their group.

A third local Green group will be starting in the future covering the ward of Boscombe West (also in Bournemouth). If you're in that area and interested in getting involved locally, email Anne Cassels at boscombewest@sedorset.greenparty.org.uk

Green Party member? Interested in starting a neighbourhood Green Party group where you live in South East Dorset? We can help you get started. Email coordinator@sedorset.greenparty.org.uk

Join a local Green Party working group

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Green Party is developing a series of working groups, to take forward different areas of the local party'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. These are the current groups:

  • 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@sedorset.greenparty.org.uk to get involved.
  • Membership & Volunteering: Covering welcome and outreach to members, social events, the membership experience, and volunteer coordination. Email mem@sedorset.greenparty.org.uk to get involved.
  • Finance & Fundraising: Developing and implementing all kinds of fundraising actions, and financial reporting and monitoring. Email coordinator@sedorset.greenparty.org.uk to get involved.
  • Events: Helping identify the best venues for BCPGP events of different kinds around the conurbation, and assisting with event organisation, promotion and hosting (...online events for the duration of Coronavirus social distancing). Email coordinator@sedorset.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 governed. Email coordinator@sedorset.greenparty.org.uk to get involved.

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 Zoom 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 Zoom 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 coordinator@sedorset.greenparty.org.uk 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 Coordinator at coordinator@edorset.greenparty.org.uk.

A SEDGP monthly meeting

Become a local party officer

If you're a member (or willing to become one) 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. However, posts which are vacant after the AGM may be filled for the rest of the year by a "co-option" vote at a monthly members' meeting.

Here is a list of BCPGP officer posts currently vacant as at March 2020 (click on a post name to open a Job Description):

To express an interest in putting your name forward for an officer post (to be agreed at our next monthly meeting), please email coordinator@sedorset.greenparty.org.uk

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@sedorset.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.

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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