Being a Viva! Contact
When we get enquiries from the media or local people who would like to support our campaigns, we put them in touch with people on our Contacts List. Contacts are campaigners (individuals or groups) who are willing to have their contact details made available to the public.
Contacts have their details added to our official Contacts List which we distribute to our supporters and put up on our website. If members of the public want to get involved in campaigning in their area we can then put them in touch with their local Contact. Similarly, if the local press want to speak to someone local we are able to give them a name. The public details could be just a name (or name of your group), phone number and/or email address if you prefer. If you contact us about becoming a campaigner, we'll send you a form allowing you to make clear what information you'd like made available to the public.
The main advantage of such “official” local contacts is that regional media are much more likely to cover Viva!’s actions and campaigns if they can find a local angle. We’ve found that it really makes a significant difference to the amount and quality of coverage we receive, and that really helps our campaigns to succeed. Viva! will supply you with up-to-date and accurate information about our campaigns and all the issues we cover. It is also, of course, important to us to be able to tell people who contact us offering help what they can do in their local area.
If you do not want to speak to the media but are happy to speak to members of the public (or vice-versa), we can record that information on our database too.
Obviously, many people prefer not to be Contacts and they still do a great job supporting our campaigns. Campaigning should only involve doing what you are comfortable with. Then again, many campaigners become far more bold than they ever imagined - you might surprise yourself!
If you'd like to become a Viva! Contact, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.