Guide for Branch Meetings – Co-operative Party

Organising Local Activity

Local meetings, events and campaigns sessions are an important way to build and develop your local branch, engage members in our work and elect officers and delegates. This guide should help in planning what your branch will do in the next year.

Co-operative Party guidance is that you should aim for most of your meetings to be online, this digital first approach will make it easier for you to organise your events, and also makes them more accessible to a wider group of members. Branches aim to have four meetings per year covering a broad range of topics - we suggest three should be online and one take place in person.

It's imporant that each event you organise has a clear purpose and is well planned as this makes sure that meetings are a good use of your time and that members feel they’ve had the chance to contribute to the Party’s work. Well planned meetings will also help grow the number of people who attend regularly and recruit volunteers to help you organise future meetings.

In this guide we’ve suggested some of the types of meetings and events that you may want to consider – you will know what works best for your area, whether that a policy debate, campaign session, candidate meeting, education seminar, AGM or social event.

If you need any help organising and planning your event, then get in touch with your local Organiser.