After previously stepping down from the SWYG Committee in the wake of the EU referendum, I decided to stand again for the 2016-2017 committee to lend a helping hand. As the Social Media Officer for the South West Young Greens between November 2015 and July 2016 I increased our Twitter following by over 70% to 1587, created the South West Young Greens website and created a relatively well received social media campaign for a “remain” vote in the EU referendum.
After 4 months out I have been re-elected onto the committee as Press Officer, where my job will be maintaining the South West Young Greens website and coordinating a strategy to secure more coverage for our campaigns in the press.
I’ve been a member of the Green Party for over 3 years now and enjoy being involved in the day-to-day running of local and regional groups.
I was South West Young Greens Social Media Officer for 8 months during the 2015-2016 committee period, during that time I increased our Twitter following by over 70% to 1587, created the swyounggreens.org website and created a far-reaching campaign for the vote to remain in the EU. I also provided extensive coverage and press material for the 2016 local elections.
I am currently half of a job-share as South Gloucestershire Green Party Social Media Co-ordinator, where me and my colleague have doubled our Twitter following and built up good relations with local newspapers.
During the EU referendum campaign, I contacted various newspapers across the South West with press releases and have built up a great understanding of how to get the green message out to the public.
As Press Officer of SWYG I would bring these skills to the committee and seek to increase the coverage we receive in local newspapers across the region. My goals for the year would be to:
- Work closely with the Social Media Officer to build a consistent message and brand across SWYG coverage.
- Release at least 1 press release every 4 weeks, plus additional releases for major events & policy decisions.
- Use local press to build membership and community engagement.
- Use the website to promote engagement with the current membership and increase turnout for events and internal elections.
Several of these press releases have been picked up by local newspapers, most notably the Week In which has a distribution of 16,000 a week in East Bristol & North East Somerset.
As of March 16th, 2017 we still do not have a social media officer, however the whole committee has been working to agree a social media strategy and I have designed the occasional graphic for use on our social media.