Tips on getting a petition together

Before you write your petition, decide who it should be sent to and what you want it to do. Don’t worry about making it really formal – it is more important to make sure it is clear, accurate and to the point. Make sure you are really clear about any addresses or areas you are referring to.

Clearly state what action you want to be taken and then leave columns for the name, address and signature of each person signing your petition. Number the lines so it is easy to see how many are supporting it.

At the end of the page, make sure you write ‘Please return to:’ and your address so that you do not lose it.

Submitting the petition

When you post or hand in the petition you will want to know what happens to it. Speak to the organisation it is directed at and ask who will be responsible for dealing with it.

Send a covering letter with the petition and include the full contact details of a member of your group who can be contacted for further information or discussion. If you think your local councillor will support your petition it is worth asking them to present it on your behalf which may speed up how quickly you get a response.

Petition or letter?

A petition is an easy way for people to support what you are doing without committing much time. However, a number of personally written letters can have even greater impact so you could always ask the other people affected if they would prefer to submit a written letter instead of simply signing a petition. You could submit all the letters together to your target agency.