'Since joining our friendly local group I have learned so much from other members about human rights, and they are interested to hear my views too. The meetings are very lively and one of the highlights of my month'
Gregory Patrick Udeh, Wandsworth group, London
Local groups are vital to the work of Amnesty. Whether you're an old hand at grass roots campaigning, or you've never done anything like this at all, you'll enjoy meeting like-minded people and really making a difference.
By joining your local group you could be involved in letter writing, raising awareness about human rights in your local area, organising events and stalls, lobbying MPs and MEPs, getting Amnesty into your local media as well as campaigning activities like Greenwich and Blackheath's Embassy Crawl, below.
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Campaigning and fundraising with other Amnesty groups can be effective, fun and rewarding. Find Amnesty groups near you and use our guide to joint events and projects, including our Child Protection Policy for working with under-18s. Groups Lists (pdf) | Guide To Working Together (pdf)
Manchester Amnesty held a human rights walk around the city centre to celebrate Manchester's history of standing up for human rights - and our 50th anniversary.
York Amnesty kicked off their 50th birthday celebrations with a flashdance, live music and a 'prisoner release'. Find out how other groups are celebrating
Fundraising tip of the month
It's Write for Rights day on 10 December, so why not think about raising extra funds for Amnesty International alongside your letter writing event?
Sell mince pies and mulled wine to get people in the festive mood, or hold a letter-writing marathon with donations made per letter.
If you'd like to combine your event with an AmnesTea party and sell tea and cakes, we've got a free kit to get you started - visit www.amnesty.org.uk/tea or phone 0207 033 1682.