The detailed version - Can you spare 15 minutes to highlight your centre even better?
You’re an all-star! Please see the instructions below to make the press release more detailed to your centre - and raise the chance of getting coverage.
1. Find your local paper(s): Simply go to their website and find the ‘Contact Us’ page. This will usually have a general email for submissions or a list of journalists you can email directly. You can also search for local broadcast and contact them with the release, offering a visit to your centre where they can film and interview you there.
2. Fill in your quote: On the more detailed downloadable versions of the press releases below, there are spaces where you can highlight the great work your centre is doing. We’ve written a draft quote which you can review and fill in your name. You can also put any additional personal stories or facts and figures in here. We recommend adding no more than 3-4 extra sentences.
3. Get a quote from your local representative: Getting a quote from a local councillor or MP would make your centre stand out and is an opportunity to recruit them as a supporter. Since you’re doing such great work, you can inform them about it and they will be happy to recognise the impact you’re making in the area. Download our email template (below) to send to them.
4. Send your press release: We’ve drafted an email (above) for you to send to the local paper that you can download as a Word document as well.
To find out who your local MP or councillor is please go to https://www.writetothem.com/ and enter the postcode of your centre. This will bring up the contact information of all your representatives (MP, councillor, devolved administration representative).