Motivate: Suffolk 8 March 2020


Sunday 8 March 2020


10.15am until 4.00pm (10am for a 10.15 start).


Needham Market Community Centre, School Street, Needham Market, IP6 8SZ
– Google Maps
The venue is accessible for those with mobility issues. Free wifi at the venue.

Travel to Venue

The Community Centre has marked parking for approximately 66 cars. The centre is located only a short distance from both the Needham Market railway station and a bus stop (The Swan).


There are two streams of training Starting Out OR Campaigning to Win

Starting out:

10:15 Welcome
10:30 Why be a Councillor? Why does it matter?
11:45 Coffee
12:00 Community Campaigning
13:15 Lunch
13:45 Recruiting a team
15:00 Tea
15:15 Knocking on Doors & MiniVan
16:00 End

Campaigning to win:

10:15 Welcome
10:30 Finding Candidates
11:45 Coffee
12:00 Producing Effective Literature
13:15 Lunch
13:45 Getting Started with Digital Campaigning
15:00 Tea
15:15 Knocking on Doors & MiniVan
16:00 End

Please Note: Please bring appropriate devices (iOS, Android or tablets) to download MiniVan fully charged, with battery packs etc, as one of the training sessions is for MiniVan (phone/tablet based canvassing).



Lunch and refreshments

Tea/Coffee/Biscuits provided
Light lunch available for £5 – Lunch must be booked in advance– please let us know about your dietary requirements

Who can attend

It is open to all Liberal Democrat members, ALDC members and non-members alike.

Book to attend >>>

Any enquiries: contact Zöe Franklin, Development Officer for South Central, East of England and East Midlands  at ALDC.

David Payne says

I shall forgo attending holy communion to instead attend the training day. I will refrain from putting my heart and soul into becoming a county/district councillor due to my age (nearly 80) and, sadly, once being stopped from one bold attempt I made ten years ago to design and distribute my own election leaflet as a paper candidate in "Suffolk Together"-held Somersham ward, in which I subsequently came THIRD behind the Tories, simply because their notional paper Conservative candidate WAS allowed to distribute an election leaflet whereas my party blocked my leaflet, having spent countless hours preparing it to go to the printer including the novel idea of including the timetable for the under-threat lifeline village bus link with Ipswich. Third-rate thinking!

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