What do I do with the petition sheets once we’ve collected signatures?
Either on the day, or straight after, please add the names and details you collect to the online petition. Here is the link:
It shouldn’t take too long, and it might help to divide the work between your group.
Please add all of the signatures you collect by Friday 6th March. This is when we’ll count up all the signatures collected from the first Save our NHS day. Adding the details ASAP will help us make sure the next Save our NHS day is even bigger and better (because we’ll be able to invite all of the new petition signers)!
Once you’ve added the signature online, you have two options for what you do with the printed sheets:
- keep them somewhere safe and secure until you hand in the petition to your local candidates
- tear them up and throw them out
Remember that completed petition sheets contain some personal information so you need to take care with them. Don’t leave them lying around, and don’t let anyone use the contact details for any purpose other than for adding them to the petition.
What do I do if someone signs the petition without an email address?
Please encourage signers to add their email address, so they can be sent an update about the campaign. But don’t worry if they don’t, they can still sign the petition. As a minimum, everyone should be encouraged to give a postcode in order to prove they are a constituent.
What if someone lives in a different constituency?
The online form, where you type in the petition signatures you collect, will automatically add people to the right petition for their area depending on their postcode. So don’t worry at all about people signing from a different constituency to you. You’ll be helping to grow your neighbours’ petitions, and they’ll be helping to grow yours.
Where do I send pictures and how can I tell the press what we’re doing?
If you’re on social media, please make sure you tweet using #SaveourNHS or share your pictures of the day on Facebook.
You can also keep other 38 Degrees members up to date with what you’re doing by sending pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
A selection of the best pictures will be sent out to all 38 Degrees members!
If you want to send a press release to your local paper along with pictures of the event, you can find a template at the top of this page:
My pack hasn’t arrived yet! Where is it?
If your pack hasn’t arrived by this morning, here’s a link to the petition sheets and leaflets – you can print them out in black and white:
If you don’t have a printer, hopefully someone else going to your event will have some spare to share with you.
Is there a home page for the 38 Degrees Save our NHS campaign?
Yes! And it should have all the materials and links you could possibly need. You can see it here: www.38degrees.org.uk/nhs
Where can I see the ‘Save our NHS’ petition?
You can see both the national and your local ‘Save our NHS’ petitions here.
Where can I direct friends/family/neighbours who want to join in the day of action on the 28th February?
People who want to join in the day of action should sign up here.
Where are the events going to be?
To find out where members are meeting in your area, join here - it will take you to a page with a map and a list of events.
Events are represented on the map by the little blue icons.
Who will be at my local event? What if plans change?
You can find out all the details about the event you’ve signed up for on the event page and in the discussion on that page. You can contribute to the discussion to make suggestions and find out the latest developments.
What will the day involve?
At 11am on Saturday 28th February, thousands of 38 Degrees members are coming together in town centres across England.
Together, we’re meeting on our local high streets to gather signatures on local ‘Save our NHS’ petitions. We’ll remind people that our NHS is a precious, life-saving service – and ask them to join us in saying no to cuts and privatisation. The petitions target every local candidate running to be MPs at the General Election in May. Closer to May, we’ll decide how to deliver these petitions together.
People who sign up to take part in the day of action before the end of Thursday 19th February, will receive a pack of NHS materials in the post.
What to take with you:
- Petition sheets to collect signatures – volunteers will receive these before Saturday
- A camera or smartphone if you have one to take pictures so you can share what’s happening on social media or emailing the 38 Degrees office team
- Any posters or placards you’d like to make and take
- Leaflets to hand out – volunteers will receive these before Saturday
Where should I collect petition signatures? Is it legal to collect petition signatures or give out leaflets?
Try to find a prominent place with lots of foot traffic to collect your petition signatures. Gather together with other 38 Degrees members who have come along. You might also want one of your group to be in a nearby cafe to upload the petition signatures you collect straight onto the online petition.
It’s legal to collect petition signatures. There are a few different rules about giving out leaflets, but it’s definitely legal! In terms of Public Liability Insurance, our experience with past Days of Action has proved that if you are petitioning on public land, and do not block the right of way while doing so, you don’t need to worry about Public Liability Insurance.
Some councils have told members that you’re not allowed to stand in the town centre. This is wrong. Unless you are causing an obstruction (say setting up a table etc) then you don’t need any permission from the council. There’s a bit of legal guidance here on charity/political organisations which should clarify: https://www.gov.uk/permission-to-distribute-leaflets
If you’re in a public place, you’re well within your rights to hand leaflets out to the public if it’s for a charity, or a political or religious group. If anyone does ask you to move, put the ball back in their court and ask where you can hand them out instead.
If you’re meeting up somewhere that could be considered private property – like inside of a shopping centre – security or the centre’s managers could ask you to leave. If you are asked to leave somewhere by staff or security it’s best to do so and move to a public space to carry on collecting signatures or handing out your leaflets.
How will I get petition sheets?
If you signed up to take part before Friday 20th February, you’ll be receiving a pack through the post before Saturday 28th. If you’ve signed up after this date, you can print your own materials or share with other 38 Degrees members who should have plenty of petition sheets to share. The pack should contain:
1 instruction sheet
10 petition sheets (double-sided)
1 A4 poster
1 A2 poster
1 window sticker
1 “I love NHS” badge
To print copies of the posters, petition and leaflets, please visit the 38 Degrees NHS hub page:
NHS day petition sheets, etc for printing
Hopefully everyone’s packs will arrive in time! But if yours gets lost in the post, other people attending your event will have their materials, so you can share.
What happens if there’s more than one event happening in my constituency?
That’s fine! The more events we have, the more noise we’ll be making about saving our NHS. Every constituency is a different size, so in some areas it might be more practical to have more than one event. For example, the constituency of Hexham in Northumberland covers a large area – it might be a good idea to have separate events in Prudhoe, Ponteland and Hexham.
I need to know where the event is before I sign up because I don’t want to get a pack in error.
There’s likely to be an event somewhere near you, but if there isn’t you can easily make another plan for a meeting place that works better for you – the events tool talks you through how to do this. The materials will be useful beyond this day of action so don’t worry about not being able to use them if you can’t go along on the 28th!
I made a plan, so why am I getting an email reminder about it?
Everyone who signs up to attend an event will receive updates on the plan via email. This is to make sure everyone knows where to find other 38 Degrees members on the day. If you want to receive fewer emails, visit this page.
How do I stop getting an email every time someone makes a comment about the event?
To stop comments on your local event page being emailed to you, edit your details here
You might need to sign in with your email address and password.
This will take you to an “Edit your profile” page – here you can untick the box next to “Stop comment notifications” and you will stop receiving emails.
I’m having trouble signing in to the event page!
If you’ve tried to log in but can’t get your password right, click “Forgot your password?” and you’ll get an email that will tell you how to reset it.
What do I need to know about the NHS?
The most important thing to remember is that you don’t have to be an expert. Most people already agree with us about protecting the NHS from privatisation and funding it properly. If they need a bit more convincing, you could talk about your experience of the NHS and why it’s important to you.
You could also talk about why it matters to keep our health service free at the point of use – ask them to imagine having to worry how much it would cost to visit a doctor! Or you could talk about how a health care system should be focused on saving lives, not making money.
If anyone wants more information, feel free to direct them to the 38 Degrees website – the office team have added some facts and figures about the NHS which can be found on the NHS home page:
What happens next?
This is the start of a huge push to save our NHS in the run up to the election in May.
Once you’ve finished collecting signatures, you could all go for a drink to talk about how it went and whether you’d be up for doing it again. Perhaps you could pick the date for a next day of action and add it on the website here:
Soon we’ll also need to start contacting our parliamentary candidates to organise a date to hand the petitions in before the election. The staff team will send out a guide to doing this late next week. We’re hoping to hand the petitions in between the 20th of April and the 6th of May.
What if I have a question on the day?
All of these materials including a help page, can be found on the 38 Degrees NHS home page:
The 38 Degrees office will be also be available to answer any last-minute questions from 8am onwards on Saturday:
Call: 0207 970 6023
If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please send an email to email@example.com