From Peymana Assad, Chair of the Harrow Labour Local Campaign Forum
Before joining the Labour Party I had never been door knocking so when I turned up for my first canvassing session, where I didn’t know anyone, I was quite nervous. I was given a sheet to read off and whilst I was looking at it with some confusion, a friendly Councillor by the name of Sue Anderson asked me if I wanted to go with her to see how it’s done. I was able to watch as she spoke to residents and learn that it wasn’t just about reading off the sheet, but having a real conversation about the elections, about Harrow, about Labour.
I’ve been a member for a while now and know that there isn’t really any formal way of being trained locally, unless I was elected as an officer at the constituency level.
So when I became Chair of the Local Campaigns Forum a year ago, I went out to create this Training and Mentoring programme so that we, all Harrow members regardless of political experience or position could learn about Labour political history, how to door knock, about campaigning alongside getting mentored from more experienced members.
After much deliberation, the application process is now open for the programme, which starts in September 2016.
So whether you seek to represent your local community, lobby representatives or simply understand how politics works so you can have a say, this programme was designed with you in mind.
Learning never stops, no matter your age, or your level of political involvement.
Now is the time to come together and learn the best way of keeping Harrow Labour.