Being CLP Vice - Chair (Membership)

CLP Vice Chair (Membership

 

An enthusiastic and committed Vice Chair (Membership) can ensure a local party  

continues to grow, remaining vibrant, diverse and inclusive. This role suits an 

organised, personable individual who is committed to developing local membership 

and activity.  

 

As Vice Chair (Membership) you will act as a direct liaison with our members to ensure 

your party is an effective unit and all members get as much as they possibly can out of 

their membership. 

 

 

Key Responsibilities and Tasks 

 

    •    Retain existing members. 

    •    Recruit new members. 

    •    Provide a welcoming and supporting environment to all members. 

    •    Ensure membership is at the heart of all CLP activity. 

    •    Have a good understanding of the different rates of membership, as well as the 

         rights of Registered and Affiliated Supporters. 

 

 

Activity 

  

A rich variety of activities will both promote the value of membership and ensure 

everybody gets the most out of their membership. You should aim to have a range of 

different activities and events to include longstanding members, but also to engage 

with newer members. 

 

As Vice Chair (Membership), you’ll play a key role in ensuring the CLP is a welcoming 

and supportive environment for both new and existing members.  You should 

encourage members to attend meetings and campaign events, to get involved and 

take action on issues that matter to them, regardless of their interests, experience 

and skills. 

  

Some members may not be as actively involved as others, but their contribution and 

support is still just as vital to the CLP. Using MemberCentre, it is important to ensure 

that members are fully up to date with their payments. Sometimes a simple phone 

call from you can be the difference between a member falling out of membership and 

renewing their membership. 

 

Membership recruitment will be an important part of your role.  This is not only about 

building support and a financial base on which to campaign, but also about building 

capacity and developing your local campaigning ability. You should encourage your 

local party to be in a habit of asking others to join, and promoting membership as 

much as possible. Wherever possible, members should encourage new people to 

come along to events and activities as part of their journey into becoming a member.  

 

You’ll receive the fortnightly Membership Action Report, which gives you a regular 

update on your CLP’s membership, including new members and members in arrears.  

You should be aiming to make contact with everyone appearing on the report, but this 

doesn’t all have to be done by you alone!  You should think about setting up a small 

membership group who will be responsible for getting in touch with members on the 

Membership Action Report.   

 

  

Meetings 

 

Local meetings are a fantastic opportunity to increase membership recruitment and  

activity. At each CLP meeting, you should: 

  

    •   Actively encourage each member to contribute to any discussions and find out 

         more about their interests. 

    •   Work with members to plan new and creative ways to increase membership 

         participation and new methods of recruitment. 

    •    Report what activity you have been doing to increase retention, recruitment 

        and engagement. 

    •    Present any membership reports as an engaging and lively talk, rather than an 

        administrative task. 

    •   Ask members to provide any new or updated contact details for you to record 

         on MemberCentre. 

 

 

Working with branches  

 

If your CLP has a branch structure, you should work with and offer support to branch 

secretaries and membership secretaries to share out tasks on member engagement 

and retention.  Particularly in larger CLPs, delegating work to branches will make your 

job easier and lead to a more effective and cohesiv e CLP. 

 

    •    It is the responsibility of CLP officers to ensure branch officers are fully 

         supported and confident in their roles.  You should ensure that important 

         information is cascaded down to branch level, and that any training 

         opportunities are also offered to branch officers.   

    •    Organise one-to-ones with new Branch Membership Secretaries, so you can 

        talk through the role and pass on any important information and training such 

        as how to use MemberCentre. 

    •   Think about appointing branch captains or buddies who can help with member 

         engagement work and to welcome new members. 

    •    Share out the information in the Membership Action Report with branch 

         secretaries and branch membership secretaries so branches are aware of new 

         members and resigners in their branches and can make contact with them. 

    •    Keep in touch with branch membership secretaries to ensure member 

         engagement work is being carried out, and that new members are being 

        welcomed by their Branch. 

 

 

MemberCentre 

  

As Vice Chair (Membership), you’ll have access to MemberCentre, Labour’s online 

membership database, to access and update information about your CLP.  You can 

use MemberCentre to update members’ details, run membership reports and 

maintain information on CLP roles.  You can access the full MemberCentre guide here. 

 

 

Useful links and contact details  

    •    MemberCentre, our online membership database, can be found by logging into 

         Membersnet (members.labour.org.uk). A User Guide is available online in 

         MemberCentre. If you have any queries regarding accessing or using 

         MemberCentre please call our membership team on 0845 092 2299 or email 

         labourmembership@labour.org.uk 

    •    Remember, you can always refer an issue to your National or Regional Office. 

        Visit labour.org.uk/pages/scottish-welsh-and-regional-offices and call them for 

        advice and help 

    •    Contact the Labour Party Governance and Legal Unit at 

         legal_queries@labour.org.uk or visit 

         members.labour.org.uk/legal_and_compliance_downloads 

    •    Our online training offer can be found at members.labour.org.uk/about-labour-

        training and you can subscribe to our regular training emails by visiting 

         labour.org.uk/w/training-emails 

    •   You’ll find lots of useful guides and resources on member engagement, as well 

        as membership forms and the full MemberCentre guide in the Membership & 

         Supporters area on Membersnet here> members.labour.org.uk/members--

         supporters 

    •    Keep up to date with our latest campaigns by visiting  

         members.labour.org.uk/campaign-resources 

    •   You can purchase and download a host of membership recruitment materials 

        from Labour’s Campaign Shop at shop.labour.org.uk  

 

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