January Update

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a lovely festive period, whatever and however you were celebrating.

There's a really exciting year ahead for the Young Liberals, so this month's newsletter is a long one - there's loads you need to know to get off to a cracking start to the year!

Announcements

Applications are now open for Young & Winning! Young & Winning is a Young Liberals scheme to support youth and student Liberal Democrats running in elections. That support can be in the form of grants, training, campaign advice, and much more. You can apply here, or email joel.punwani@youngliberals.uk for more information.

The full breakdown of results from the YL elections is now available! Huge apologies for the delay.

We've also launched our Comms Request form! Ever thought YL should be campaigning on something, or covering it on social media, but not sure how to ask? Now you can just put in a request via our online form. Whether it's a policy issue, you've been selected as a candidate, you're running an event you'd like to promote, or anything in-between, let us know!

The Young Liberals shared drive has also made a comeback, so keep an eye out for resources and documents on there.

HQ are looking for an Online Research Volunteer, which could be a brilliant opportunity for a YL member - click here to find out more.

Executive Meetings

December's meeting was moved forward a week to avoid a five hour meeting on Boxing Day! Key discussion points included the 2021 YL budget, supporting YL members in internal elections, and phone banking plans.

December meeting blog
December meeting minutes

The next exec meeting is scheduled for Saturday 23rd January 2021 at 11am.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 12th January, 6PM - Chair Scrutiny Session - your chance to ask the Chairs of Young Liberals anything!

Saturday 16th January, 10AM - Under-represented Genders Social - Open to anyone YL member who identifies as female, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming.

Thursday 21st January, 5pm - Phone Banking - for young Welsh Parliament candidate Chloe Hutchinson, with special guest Jane Dodds.

18th-21st February - Young Liberals Conference - pre-register now!

Campaigns
With May's elections now just around the corner, there's loads of work to do!

  • If you're a YL member and standing in May's elections, make sure you let YL know so we can offer you support. Please email your candidate details to joel.punwani@youngliberals.uk, our Campaigns Officer.

  • Young & Winning applications are now open! Apply here or email joel.punwani@youngliberals.uk.
  • We're kicking off our regular phone banking sessions on the 21st January! Between 5pm and 8pm we'll be making calls for our young Senedd candidate, Chloe Hutchinson, with special guest Jane Dodds.

Young Liberals has also signed up to support the Future Generations campaign with The Big Issue. Find out more here.

Conference

Pre-registration is open for our February conference. It will take place online between the 18th and 21st February, and is completely free!

Young Liberals policy is made at conference by our members. Policy advice is now available for members wishing to submit a policy motion to our February conference. You can check out our policy writing guide, or email policy@youngliberals.uk, for advice.

We're also looking for volunteers to help facilitate all the debate sessions and events. If you're at all Zoom-savvy and are free 18th-21st February (online, so no travel necessary!) drop our Events Officer an email on eleanor.kelly@youngliberals.uk.

Branches

Berkshire YL has released their list of events for January, and they all look like a lot of fun! They're open to all YL members, not just those in Berkshire. Check out the list on Twitter.

North West YL are creating a formal executive this year. They're currently looking to co-opt a Vice-Chair and a Campaigns/Comms Officer. These are open to any member or associate member of YL in the North West. Please email the new Chair of North West YL taylor.donoghuesmith@youngliberals.uk for more details.

Manchester YL has officially expanded and now includes the whole of Greater Manchester! The current chair is stepping down and we're now looking for somebody to fill the role. If you are interested in filling this role or getting involved in the branch please email manchesteryoungliberals@gmail.com for more details.

Western Counties YL are also looking to form an executive. Email fergus.ustianowski@youngliberals.uk for more info!

Interested in getting involved in your local branch? You can find a full list of branches on our website. You could even start your own branch if there's not one near you!

training

Make sure to check out all the upcoming free training from Lib Dem HQ and ALDC!


That's it for this month! Thanks for taking the time to check out this monthly update - I hope at least some of it has been helpful!

As always please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need anything. All the exec members' contact details can be found on our website.

All the best,

Aleisha Stansfield
Young Liberals Comms Officer

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