It’s not easy being Green in Sheffield City Council, but it’s well worth it!
The night of the count in May 2016, when I got elected, was so tense. I was elected by eight votes. So when anyone tells me their vote makes no difference, I can tell them, first hand, how much it matters !
As a Green Councillor for Nether Edge & Sharrow, I’ve stood beside residents on their streets during one of their most distressing times in recent history. People who’ve lived on tree lined streets for 50 years and children who love the tree outside their home ask me to stop the destruction of ‘their’ trees. I’ve done everything but climb those trees to protect them. And if I could, I would.
The best thing about being Green is summed up by the saying, “Think global, act local.” That’s what I do. I support our community by getting to know as many local organisations as possible, and asking them, “how can I help?” I don’t just go to meetings and listen. I get involved. Recently I’ve been weeding and planting in a local pocket park, helping clean up Common Ground, litter picks, supporting Tenants & Residents Associations, helping to organise a Play Street, and working towards reducing anti-social behaviour.
I work hard to do a good job, so being a councillor takes up all of my time. There’s an endless stream of case work, and the needs of the tree protection campaign have been relentless too. I want to keep doing this work, but I’m going to need your help.
The Green Party are funded by members and supporters. We don’t have the backing of big business or trade unions. This means that we are free to put the needs of people and planet first. We don’t owe any favours to big organisations. It also means that we rely upon volunteers and the generosity of individual donors. So I’m hoping that you can help?
Donations to Sheffield Green Party to fund my campaign until the election on May 3rd will pay for newsletters, leaflets, posters and social media.
will pay for 250 window posters
£25 will pay for an election leaflet to 1000 households
£50 will pay for a campaign newsletter to 2000 households
Wherever you are in Sheffield or elsewhere, please help if you can, and please ask others to chip in too. Every pound will help.
Cllr Alison Teal
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