This August we made sure we made time to host both Edinburgh & Glasgow volunteer meetings. Our Edinburgh get-together was held (as usual) in our office, whilst our Glasgow gathering was held in The Flying Duck restaurant and bar. For both meetings we kept it simple, giving everyone an update on campaigns, and plans for them going forward. Here’s what we covered at our volunteer Edinburgh & Glasgow volunteer meetings in August …
Update & Questions on OneKind Campaigns
What are the dates for Mountain Hare petition hand in & then what happens?
We considered waiting on the Werritty report, before handing in our petition, but have decided to hand this in as soon as possible and are currently arranging a hand-in-date with MSPs. We are also looking to organise another hare demo in the upcoming months and our Campaign Officer welcomes any stunt suggestions.
What is happening with Salmon campaign?
Our initial government proposal for this campaign was rejected. We are now focusing on increasing our petition numbers (currently 5791) and encouraging consumers to say no to salmon, especially in the lead up to the festive season, when higher levels of salmon are consumed.
What are our plans with reindeer after last year’s supporter investigations?
On the run up to Xmas, we will be writing to larger organisations from this field who boast higher welfare conditions (e.g. The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd), asking for support. We will also be contacting this years participating venues, explaining welfare issues and highlight councils have banned this form of entertainment and will create a letter-writing brief for our supporters to use to get in touch with these venues. We will also be recommending alternatives.
As an expansion of this, we will also be looking into a potential campaign around the use of all animals used in entertainment; Birds of prey, reptiles etc. to commence in 2020.
What’s planned for our Caged Farm Animal Campaign?
In September (national Chicken Month) we will be hosting our first public demo since the #FortheFoxes march last year. As part of our demo, some of our attendees will be invited to sit in dog transport cages to make the public think about the space given to caged farm animals. Those who do not wish to do so can take part by collecting petition signatures, collecting donations or handing out campaign flyers. Find full details here.
We’d love for our supporters to attend this event, as OneKind have rarely run events that put themselves directly in front of the public to spread the word about the work we do. You can confirm your attendance and share our event here on our main FB page.
Our Edinburgh volunteer list is expanding rapidly; we now have 70 registered volunteers for this area (and that’s not counting everyone who’s only joined our Facebook Volunteer page). Fundraisers in our Edinburgh area alone helped raise £700 over the month of July ’19. This is a great result for our local groups!
We’re on the hunt for event coordinators interested in developing & hosting fundraising events in Edinburgh. Get in touch if you’re interested!
Our Glasgow group meeting saw a lot of enthusiasm for bringing OneKind to the West coast. We already have already been offered many opportunities to host events in the Glasgow area, and are looking for the following:
- Hosts for Glasgow Lush OneKind events
- Hosts for Glasgow vegan festival stall events
- Glasgow meeting hosts and group coordinators
- Glasgow demo group hosts and volunteers
Let us know if you’d like to hear more about OneKind Glasgow.
We’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who made it along to both our Edinburgh and Glasgow meetings, despite the miserable weather!