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Disability Awareness in Action
Resource Kit No. 3
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Stage Three Drawing up an Action Plan
A sense of shared purpose and common experience form an excellent basis for communal action but, to be really effective, campaigns also need careful organisation and planning. A small organised group will achieve much more if it sets clear goals and gives specific tasks to individuals.
Think Ahead and Being Efficient
The first rule of planning is that you can never start too early. As soon as you have decided on particular events, you can begin to plan. You will need to hold regular planning meetings of a campaign committee, occasionally bringing in other people. This will help everyone to be clear about their role and will reduce the possibility of mistakes. It will motivate people by reminding them of the issues involved and will make everyone, however small a part they play, feel involved.
The second rule of planning is to write things down. Ask someone to take minutes of any meetings - a written account in note form of the most important decisions taken, comments made and action proposed. Make checklists of things to be done. For a repeated event, you will have a guide for next year, especially useful if different people take on different responsibilities.
The third rule of planning is to budget. Make a list of the things you need to run the campaign. What can you provide yourselves, borrow or have donated? For other items, you need to work out the costs in order to try to raise funds to provide for them.