Ideally your first meetings should be well-planned, have clear goals, involve all members and have a strong focus on taking action. This guide will explain how.

Planning

  • Plan the first meeting very early in the term to get the momentum going early on. Set a clear agenda beforehand and get other people to help you
  • Try and avoid clashes with any other meetings or clubs
  • Try and hold meetings in the same room every week a nd book it as far ahead as you can
  • Give yourselves plenty of time to set up the room
  • Put up a poster on the door of the room you are meeting in

Publicity

  • Make announcements – use assemblies and daily registration or form time
  • Run a publicity stunt - dress up, kidnap a teacher (ask permission!), do a stall...
  • Launch a mystery poster campaign. The final poster reveals all.
  • Tip - Find out where you are allowed to put up posters around your school or else they may be taken down straight away
  • Send a reminder on the day of the meeting through form tutors, registers and assemblies
  • Give out flyers

How to make flyers

You can turn posters into flyers by reducing them to A5 size on a photocopier.

Plan what the meeting will cover

You can follow our suggested plan or agenda

  • Introduce yourselves and the agenda
  • Give a general intro to Amnesty and introduce our current campaigns
  • To get people to feel involved straightaway, brainstorm ideas for anupcoming event or activity
  • Take Action – always include an action in your meetings
  • Before you go remember to agree ona time, place and plan for the next meeting and get everyone’s contact details so you can communicate with them about the next meeting

Download how to hold your first meeting guide (PDF)