England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Personal and organisational development

Online Training: Writing Advocacy Letters


This programme has been developed for Councillors who write advocacy letters on behalf of their constituents.

Full of practical tips and techniques, the programme covers:

  • Being clear about your purpose in writing
  • Identifying the right person to approach
  • Planning and structuring key points
  • Opening and closing the letter
  • Common mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Refresher in grammar and punctuation.

Each delegate will receive a comprehensive handout.


10 mins Welcome

Programme objectives

Personal introductions

10 mins Getting Started

The Why and Who questions

Organising content and key points

45 mins The Body of the Letter

Being clear about issues

Impact statements

10 mins Closing the Letter

Being clear about next steps

Closing co-operatively

10 mins What next?

Following up on your letter

5 mins Session Review

Summary, key learning points, feedback and close.



Miranda Smythe

Miranda has 30 years’ experience in helping organisations (mainly local government) to identify learning gaps, and to develop tailored, creative and relevant strategies for meeting these needs with a view of helping them meet their objectives.  Miranda is also a Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) Associate Trainer and has been involved in developing bespoke programmes for Councillors including speed reading and personal safety.

In addition to her formal role, Miranda is also very involved in local community development activities, providing mental health awareness sessions for many not-for-profit organisations.  She is Chair of a local homelessness charity and has been instrumental in developing and facilitating community leadership initiatives in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Who should attend?

Elected members who want to develop and improve writing advocacy letters.