Volunteer with us - get involved

ALDC has a number of experienced and knowledgeable campaigners who volunteer their time to help you campaign and win elections. From training and mentoring, to sharing information and technical skills, our volunteers help make ALDC a fantastic resource.

Our volunteers help deliver our training and events programme including Kickstart Weekends, Motivate Days and at regional and national party conferences. We run the Future Mentors Scheme – an annual training course to develop our next group of mentors. We are always happy to talk about other volunteering opportunities that may better match your skills.

Why get involved?

  • Make a positive difference whilst developing skills that will help with your campaigning and in your role if you’re a councillor.
  • Inspire, guide and advise the next generation of councillors and campaigners.
  • Help fellow ALDC members campaign and win elections.

Find out more about our internships (long-term work placements) and work experience (short-term work placements).

Volunteer with us - help build Lib Dem success

Share your knowledge

  • Connect, MyCouncillor and Affinity Publisher.
  • Messaging, direct mail, writing and designing literature.
  • Targeting, analysing data and fundraising.
  • Campaign and canvassing skills.
  • How to be an effective councillor.

We need your help for these roles

  • Training and mentoring – facilitating groups discussing campaigning, targeting, team building, and how to win elections.
  • Events and exhibitions – help members with their queries and explain the benefits of joining to those who are not members yet!
  • Technical trainer – are you an expert using Connect, MiniVAN, Affinity Publisher?

Why not run a session for us?

  • Online volunteer – for example, each week we need people to help us report on the latest local council by-elections from across Britain. Can you help?

Volunteer with us - how to get involved

If you would like to volunteer with us, please get in touch. Contact me, Alex Warren (pictured), volunteering organiser via alex.warren@aldc.org or call 0161 302 7532.

Download our Volunteer Handbook for more details.

Hear from some of our volunteers – Hilary, Caron and Edward – about their experiences.

 

Hilary Stephenson, volunteer mentor at Kickstart

“ALDC is a great place to get practical help and share ideas, especially as they focus on local government success. I think Kickstart is the most effective training in the party and I love volunteering as a group mentor.

“I really like the difference in the groups I have worked with. The range of sizes, experiences and what stage their campaign is at for their elections provides a great challenge. I need to use all of my experience to service the needs of a group, rather than it being a one size fits all approach.

“Mentoring and training at Kickstart give me the ability to have longer conversations and explain the theory behind why we recommend the best practice. I would recommend volunteering for ALDC because you will help other teams to win, and you learn as much from the experience as you give.”

Caron Lindsay, volunteer by-election reporter

“It’s always exciting sitting up on a Thursday night waiting for the by-election results to come out. We’ve been punching well above our weight in local by-elections for some time and it’s always a great morale boost to hear about a gain, a huge swing to us or a healthy hold.

“But of course, getting that news out requires someone to be sitting at a computer late at night. When ALDC announced they were looking for volunteers to help with this, I thought I’d give it a go, to help spread the news and give people that frisson of excitement to wake up to on a Friday morning. And let’s face it, having something constructive to do during Question Time is always helpful.

“It’s really easy to do and the great team at ALDC give you all the information you need to do the job. And they say thank you afterwards.”

Edward Sainsbury, future mentor graduate

“Campaigning is challenging, exciting, a great way to meet other liberals and always an opportunity to learn something new. When I joined ALDC’s future mentor programme, I knew it would be a great opportunity to share my campaigning experiences with others, learn from other campaigns and to support the development of campaign plans to elect more Lib Dems.

“I shadowed a phenomenal campaigner and mentor at Autumn Kickstart, and I saw the impact ALDC volunteers can have by working with teams to help them refine and enhance their campaign ambitions.

“Having previously attended ALDC training as a participant, I am very excited to be supporting ALDC at future training events. I’m also already using their resources and advice as chair of my local party and as a candidate this May! If you are not already a member of ALDC, do consider joining. The advice and support is second to none and who knows, maybe you’ll be volunteering alongside me in the future!”