Tuesday, 20 November 2007


Since Conference, I have had a number of requests for assistance in setting up, growing and running CF branches in both marginal and other seats. In the last 2 weeks I have dealt with over 10 different CF branches. Now that the e-mail addresses are working on the CF website, enquiries submitted online are being received by Michael Lunn and I am helping dealing with them.

I tend to have an individual discussion with the CF branch. The truth of branch building and sustainability is that there is no one size fits all. It depends on the constituency, the Association, and of course the individuals involved - is it mainly student, working, graduates. All of these can make a real difference in advice offered. The general booklets include general tips on setting up a CF branch, and branch Chairman can obtain copies of these from Michael Lunn.

As I have posted before, ultimately, some key principles work everywhere. What is obvious is that hard work pays off, as does makign sure that we focus on retaining existing members.

I want to highlight one particular case - Jon Ayden and Jason Smith in Newcastle, who have done a sterling job in growing our branches (both student and working life) in Newcastle. As well as focussing on Northumbria university, they are also setting up a city wide group to bring CF members together. Well done to them for getting things moving and for getting on and doing something positive.

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