Keep your members engaged

Once your group is seen to be regularly doing things, you'll find recruitment gets much easier.

05 Sep 2019

Here are some suggestions on how to keep people coming back for more.

  • Do things. People don’t want to sit in endless meetings. They want to be productive and have an impact.
  • Enjoy yourselves too. Make it as much about socialising as campaigning. Be friendly and positive. Celebrate your successes and don’t always feel like you have to be attending to business.
  • Keep your meetings light. Don’t get bogged down in process and minutes. People don’t want to feel like they are at work.
  • Listen to people. Don't always be the one dishing out instructions.
  • Get the most out of the group's skills and interests. Find out who wants to do what. This is a key principle of organising.
  • Some are happy to follow. Make sure these people have tasks to do and aren't left feeling redundant.
  • Work together on coherent projects. Try to get a balance between people's self interests and collective causes.
  • Don't take on too much. Be sensitive of what people can and can’t do. Watch out for burnout and encourage people to take time off if they need to.

Top tip

Create a strong social bond. 

Make time to grab a coffee with different members. Get to know them, share your personal stories and find out what makes them tick.