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Influencing and lobbying

The ability of an organisation to influence their local environment is becoming increasingly important. Family support groups need to engage with more and more organisations, and the stakes associated with not engaging are getting higher. Influencing is all about understanding what’s happening around you and building the right relationships: principles that are already familiar to many people working in the sector.

Use the resources below to increase your confidence and understanding of the subject.


Influencing and Lobbying Skills

  • Local Leadership Academy – Influencing Skills

    Designed for elected members, this outlines different ways of influencing people, and good and bad practice to achieve your ends. A useful workbook with exercises that you could adapt to your own circumstances and work through.

  • NCVO: Campaigning and Influencing

    NCVO have a range of free guides and resources to help you understand the basic principles of campaigning and lobbying including: understanding the new environment, building a strategy, funding campaigning, identifying routes of influence, involving people, social media, using the law, and freedom of information.

  • KnowHow NonProfit: Campaings and awareness

    An online community of nonprofit people sharing their questions and experience. Amongst other useful information there is detail about how to set up a campaign to lobby for policy change.


Identifying who to influence and how to access them


  • Surviving the Transition – Local Structures and Networks

    This guide will help you to understand some of the complex changes happening in local commissioning, responsibility and accountability, including who you should be talking to, what the big issues are in drugs and alcohol, and how you can successfully build good relationships with a range of partners. The guide also looks at how family support fits into some other key agendas, including public health, crime and disorder and children’s services.

  • RAISE: A Healthier Perspective

    Search through the ‘providers’ section for specific tips on how to engage in and influence the commissioning process, or use the Toolkit Resources for a full list of useful information including an overview of local structures, an outline of the commissioning process, information on patient and public engagement, organisational issues for providers, where to find tenders, and how to work together for better effect.

  • Local Compacts: A User Guide

    The Compact is a voluntary agreement between national government and the voluntary and community sector, which sets out principles for best practice in their relationships with each other. On a local level, many areas have developed a local compact. This guide provides practical guidance on what a local compact is, best practice on how they should operate, and discusses how to address non-compliance.

  • Compact Voice

    Provides a voice for the voluntary and community sector on the compact. They have a wide range of useful resources and case studies on how to build productive relationships between the voluntary and public sectors.


The evidence for your argument

  • Evidence Pack

    A summary of the main arguments for commissioners to fund family support groups, together with the accompanying evidence base to support the case.

  • Why Invest?

    A PHE resource providing a good basic argument about why commissioners should invest in drug and alcohol treatment and recovery services. Although focused on treatment in general it has some useful points that can help back up your case for funding.