Form a new local OWW group!
You have read about One World Week and are really interested in putting on an event...fantastic!
But there's just one thing...you can't seem to find anybody else who shares the same commitment to development issues.
Where have all the people gone?
Do not despair, help is at hand!
Almost everywhere in the country there are people to be found, who share your same values and concerns, ready and able to help you make a start.
See our Ten Top Tips page for more advice on how to organise an event. and our Hand book Piecing Together One World contains all you neet to know about organising an inclusive event and how to form a local OWW group - Down load it from here
Who should I contact?
Contact your nearest Development Education Centre (DEC). The 'Think Global' website has a full list of these. Click here to view the list.
What is a DEC?
DECs specialise in raising awareness about development issues, and may be able to point you in the direction of individuals and / or groups who are active in local community work and may be interested in being part of OWW.
Ask your local council, library or voluntary action group if they have a list of representatives from various ethnic groups and organisations.
Contact churches in your local area to find out whether there are any existing groups (e.g. Justice and Peace) or local branches of the National organisations that work centrally with OWW (list here) or other groups dealing with global issues; they might be interested in getting involved.
How to contact new people and bring them into your planning committee or event? These notes: "Practical Suggestions for bringing new people into OWW", a PowerPoint, "Introducing OWW" and a letter, "Inviting people to participate in a OWW event" are based on a case study with Portsmouth One World Week, which you can update and adapt to your own circumstances.
Prepare a poster / leaflet in which you explain that you are looking for people to organise a OWW event with.
In your publicity and displays looking for new OWW organisers, be clear, concise and as catchy as possible. Select a good image to capture people's attention.
Download the OWW logo and the annual theme image from the website, to add to your leaflet.
Consider putting different locally spoken languages on your publicity.
Advertise as widely as possible: local libraries, community centres, gyms, churches, schools, local colleges etc. (always ask permission before placing advertisements on notice boards, as it may not be allowed).
Where will you hold your meetings and events?
Think about where your meetings and events will be held. It can be quite intimidating for people to go somewhere where they wouldn't normally go, so think about taking your events to different places in your area.
Organise a preliminary meeting with all the people you hope to involve, to agree on a joint agenda.
Specific interest groups will be interested in particular themes, Traidcraft in fair trade issues, for example. If you wish your event to take a particular slant, it could be useful to get in contact with an organisation which shares in this. You could invite a member of an awareness-raising or aid organisation along to a meeting. Ask if they could publicise your One World Week events in their newsletter or website.
Remember, good relationships take time to grow. Involving new people can be a slow process but is as important a part of one-world building as what happens during the week itself.
Recently Added Resources
Organisers' Evaluation form for 2016 events Download from here
Wordsearches for Including You events - download them from here
Press release template for 'Including You' events download here
Quotations about building an inclusive peaceful society - Download from here a 5 page booklet as a word.doc or pdf
Pledges to build an inclusive society - find them here
"Who is a Migrant?" - anactivity/game to get people talking to each other at your events. Download the instructions here
School Assemblies from Christian Aid- link to and download a PowerPoint and notes
Looking for a speaker for your event? Download here a list (pdf) from the Discussion page (posted 12 Sept 2016)
Faith resources relating to "Including You".Download pdf here links to materials offered by OWW's partners and supporters: worship, discussion, films ...plus Prayers for OWW(updated 7 Sept '16)
Presentation "A OWW approach to Migration" Download this PDF version of a 12 slides (15 -20 minutes) powerpoint
Need funding for your event? Apply to Big Lottery Celebrate Fund! NOW or you'll be too late for OWW more here and other suggestions
Poster/ flyer design kit - download from here
2016 Leaflets "Including You" download PDF versions here
Migrant crisis or poverty crisis? - A briefing paper from Global Justice NOW Download as a PDF here
2016 - "Including You" - Booklet of ideas, links and resources for interpreting the theme. Dowload a PDF here (updated July 2016)
Learning resource/activity for young people about peace - from Fly Kites not Drones; suitable for activites in or out of school. find links here: schools ; activities (added Nov. 2015 but still relevant for this years events)
Organisers' Evaluation Form for event organisers to complete and send to OWW - down load the word.doc from here