So. We lost. We have a long 5 years ahead of us before we can have another go at the ballot box. You might be asking yourself: “What now?”
Well, those who are most at risk from this government (and/or have been shat on by them for the last decade) need us more than ever right now. So the ‘What Now Project’ is a proposed way of channelling our anger and fear towards pragmatic ventures - particularly those in our local communities.
It’s effectively a website appealing to those who are opposed to the Conservatives, outlining a variety of ways in which they can take action to help key demographics at risk from Conservative policies -either directly in the 2019 manifesto or who have been affected through austerity measures in the past decade - through two key paths: ‘giving’ and ‘doing’. Within these ‘paths’, there will be suggestions for both donation and action sorted into areas, such as homelessness and food insecurity; users can then select/receive suggestions for the areas most important to them, without feeling overwhelmed by information/despair!
Some of the groups/areas I’m initially thinking about covering include: refugees, trans rights (could be LGBT more generally but I feel like T is the key group at risk), EU citizens, disability/disabled people, mental health issues, food insecurity (so food banks/soup kitchens etc), homelessness… but there’s SO MUCH potentially that we need to discuss it! (Like… climate change feels like too big an area to do in addition to everything else, imo, but happy to discuss.)
I think highlighting things on the ‘doing’ page that can be done in under 10 minutes would be really useful, and creating a ‘top 10 ways you can help’ page with the most important/easily achieved suggestions would also be really effective as a starting point.
NB: A key message to be emphasised is do what you can, if you can - it’s vitally important that those who cannot give time or money aren’t made to feel bad about it. Obviously.
Can you help?
Yes! Please share suggestions and discussions; in the first instance I think it would be good to discuss relevant suggestions and areas to focus on (Phase 1), then move on to collating this info and creating a database of local charities/organisations/schemes within these areas (Phase 2).
I imagine the skills we could specifically do with when it comes to making the site (Phase 3) are:
- website design (we already have a domain name - www.whatnowproject.uk, cheers @anon76851889!)
- charity experience (just to offer guidance - i.e. is it better to support a national charity or a local one, we could even have a page of FAQs along these lines)
- marketing (I do work in marketing but I’m still kind of a novice, and between us on DiS we must have some pretty big/relevant connections…)/social media
- writing: it would be good to have a blog, with: explainers - for example, How to get involved in volunteering; articles outlining (with really sound facts and figures) the extent of Tory devastation in the past decade, so people can understand why we are doing this; and hopefully in due course we can share some success stories from the project!
Phase 4 will be rolling it out to the public and sharing it! Hopefully this can take place by Feb, but we’ll see how everything goes. I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing with this so any guidance or help will be appreciated too!