Set up a local group

Want to get involved but can’t find a local Amnesty group near you? Why not set one up?

We can help you find other members near you and provide you with all of the support you need to start a healthy and vibrant group.

Here are some top tips to get you started.

Organise a meeting

Gather together some interested people to help you. There are over 200,000 Amnesty members in the UK so there are probably some close by. Choose a date together and find an accessible venue.

Spread the word. We can provide you with posters and flyers to help promote the meeting to members of your local community. You might also want to send a press release to your local paper.

Make your first meeting a success

Introduce Amnesty and our key campaigns. If you prefer a member of staff, Regional Representative or Amnesty trainer can do this.

Explain what a local group does, emphasise that everyone’s contributions are valued and all are welcome.

Take action. Acting on human rights will be a big part of what you do as a local group, and it’s a great way of getting people engaged in our work. We can provide you with all the details you need.

Make it official

Agree the main contact. Every group needs a key contact person for us to be in touch with. It’s a good idea to decide who this will be at your first meeting.

Allocate roles. There are lots of different ways to be involved in a local group, but there are some core roles that people may be particularly interested in taking on. These include:

You should decide among yourselves who takes on what role, but there are lots of other ways to be involved so there is room for everybody.

Let us know. We offer lots of support to local groups so let us know when you’re going to set one up. We will provide you with the local groups’ handbook and any support that you need.

Download our full guide to starting a local group (PDF).