Hi! My name is Kirsty and I’m one of OneKind’s social media and stall volunteers. In celebration of New Conversations Day, I thought I’d share a few tips and tricks with you all; ideas for how to bring up OneKind with your friends, family, and anyone else you may find yourself chatting to.
As passionate advocates for animal welfare, we can often feel a burning desire to bring up our values, concerns and opinions regarding a multitude of issues. We hope that we can raise awareness and share information with those around us and (sometimes) even change someone’s opinion. I myself have often found myself in a situation where I can’t seem to stop myself from bringing up OneKind and the work that they do, and consequently I’ve managed to convert some of my friends into supporters or getting involved in birthday fundraisers. So, as confident chatterbox when it comes to the respect I have for OneKind, I thought I’d share some tips and points of conversation to get to the ball rolling …
OneKind have achieved so much for Scotland’s animals. I make a point of always familiarising myself with the charity’s latest News and social media posts – it’s good to stay in the know. But notable victories such as making CCTV mandatory in Scottish abattoirs and banning the use of live animals in circuses are often two facts I like to bring up when explaining the work of OneKind to those around me. They’re impressive achievements, and I always like to inform the person I’m talking to that there are only a handful of full-time staff in the office. The rest of OneKind is built from volunteers. I feel as though this often shocks people when I speak about the charity’s accomplishments – it shocked me the first time I found out!
A great way to encourage discussion and get you friends involved with OneKind’s work is to familiarise yourself with the wealth of volunteering opportunities the charity have at all times. Keep in touch with social media – follow OneKind on Facebook and Twitter, and join the Facebook volunteer group if you haven’t already. There are so many wonderful events you can help out with – stalls at festivals and fairs, beach-clean ups, and even just coming along to a volunteer meeting. There are volunteer opportunities that will peak everyone’s interest, and the diversity of these opportunities is just incredible.
OneKind have so many fantastic campaigns running at the moment; from improving the welfare of farmed salmon to putting an end to the culling of mountain hares. Visit the website and share a few petitions on your social media profiles. Sharing content on social media is a great way to bring up conversation – I’ve often been approached by friends and family and asked if I’m ever going to stop sharing petitions (to which the answer is a resounding “NO!”). That in itself is an excellent opportunity for me to bring up OneKind, and explain the reasons as to why I’m sharing this.
“Did you know that 1 in 6 farmed Scottish salmon are infected with sea lice due to poor living conditions?”
“Yes, OneKind are working to ensure these conditions are improved before the government plan to expand the industry. That’s why I’m sharing their petition – we need signatures.”
Conversations may not always result in a petition signature, a membership, or a new volunteer. But the conversations will always raise awareness. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and nor will an ideal world free from animal cruelty be either. But encouraging discussion through our supporter’s network helps OneKind to raise awareness and gain more support, which will hopefully lead to more donations and coverage in the media. OneKind are so dependent on our help, and something as simple as chatting to your friend about them can be enough to make a difference.
Kirsty MacKinnon is one of OneKind’s most regular volunteers. She helps to run our Instagram account and can often be found helping or hosting one of our campaign stalls. An enormous thanks to Kirsty for these wonderful tips. Let us know how you get OneKind into conversation!