As a first time canvasser I found that, as well as being vitally important in the fight for a fairer government, canvassing for Labour is fun and doesn't take up too much of your time either!
Yesterday was my first time canvassing and I admit to being a little shy about knocking on people's doors, especially as I was not really sure of what canvassing actually entailed. So I thought I would give a brief description of my experience so that anyone else thinking of volunteering, but were equally unsure what you would be committing too, could get an idea of what canvassing for Labour is like.
We met in the Labour room at 5.30pm and Sharlene, our wonderful coordinator, gave me a run through of what happens. We then drove to where we were planning on canvassing, this time in Clayton (I of course managed to get lost despite being 2 minutes from where I live! Quick phone call sorted that out though). The rest of the Labour team, including Paul Farrelly and council candidate Michael Shenton, were already there, were equally welcoming and more than happy to take time to show me the ropes. Even in the drizzle the mood was buoyant and I have to say the people we met and gave leaflets too were great, good natured and polite. We were finished just over an hour later, although it felt a lot shorter (talking of short, that is me on the far right of the picture).
I really enjoyed being part of the team and doing something which I genuinely think is important and beneficial to our community and country. So if you fancy giving it a go we meet weekdays at 5 or 5.30 and 10 or 10.30 at weekends. As I said it only takes an hour and a half of your time at the most. Email Sharlene at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or keep an eye on our Facebook page, Twitter: @nul_labour for updates. Alternatively you can sign up to volunteer via our website.