Supporter Groups Join a supporter group Are you interested in actively campaigning in your region to help us bring an end to cruelty to animals in the name of sport? Would you like to meet and work with like-minded individuals to raise awareness of the work of the League? By joining a supporter group, you can make a real difference. Each supporter group has its own approach to how they support our campaigns on subjects such as fox hunting, stag hunting, game bird shooting, trophy hunting, dog fighting and greyhound racing. Typically, this involves: Setting up information stalls in local town centres, shopping areas and at community events. Distributing leaflets in the area. Contacting local politicians and councillors to ask them to ensure animal welfare issues feature prominently in their polices and decisions. Writing to the local newspapers and online forums to raise of animal welfare and challenge the abuse in the name of ‘sport’. Running fundraising initiatives to raise valuable funds for the League. Whatever your skills, you’ll be able to make a valuable contribution to your local supporter group. We have supporter groups across the country from Scotland to Devon and from Brighton to Norfolk. To find your nearest group take a look at the map below. All groups are run by compassionate, friendly people. You can invest as much or as little time as you like. There are no minimum weekly hours. We hugely appreciate those who kindly dedicate their valuable time to help us raise awareness and funds for the League. List of supporter groups Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire Brighton Bristol & Bath Bournemouth Cheshire & Merseyside Exeter Gloucestershire North East Norwich Plymouth Oxfordshire West Midlands Scotland Cambridgeshire If there isn’t a supporter group in your area, please do still get in touch because we may be able to help you set up a group. Alternatively, there are still lots of things you can do to help the League campaign to protect animals from abuse in the name of ‘sport’ depending on how much time you’re able to give: Set up your own supporter group in your local area. The League can provide advice and support on how to do it, help you attract members, and of course provide information on our campaigns as well as materials such as leaflets and posters. We can also help you publicise the group to attract more members and once your group is established, we can also provide training support. Join our team of First Responders by clicking on the link, here. These will be the first people we’ll call upon if there is an urgent need to protect the Hunting Act, whether it is to join us at a protest, contact your MP, write a letter to a newspaper or take to social media to target those who threaten wildlife. Set up a stall at a local event to raise awareness of the League and recruit people to join your group. We can provide literature about who we are and what we do. Good options for holding events are simple stalls in the local high street, local community centres, animal welfare events and vegan festivals – all of these are likely to yield people who could be interested in supporting your new group. Once you’ve sorted out where and when, we can help you promote it to encourage people to attend. Join a supporter group in a neighbouring area to help you get a feel for what you might do. The events section of our website has details of events around the country that you could attend to get a feel for how we do things and meet like-minded people who also run local groups. If you’re a whiz with social media, why not start posting regular content from the League or set up a local group on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Following our social media accounts will give you relevant content to use. Once you’ve gained followers, you’ll be able to speak to them directly to see if they’d be interested in joining a local group. Hand out leaflets at other people’s events so that you can start networking in the local area, building your contacts and gain valuable experience of speaking about our various campaigns. We can provide you with leaflets on all of the campaigns, just let us know what subject you’re interested in. If you haven’t already done so, sign up to receive the Leagues e-news which contains actions you can take such as writing to your local MP to encourage them to do more to stop animals being abused in the name of ‘sport’. You can sign-up from most of our web-pages – look for “Sign Up For Campaign News” near the bottom: https://www.league.org.uk/Pages/Category/campaigns This will help us ensure you get all the latest news and alerts about specific campaign actions you take. Think about how you’d like to get things moving and we’ll do everything we can to help you. Contact the Campaigns Team on [email protected] or by calling 01483 524 250. Help us give animals the voice they deserve!