Bring them to you

Equally, it is important for decision makers to see and get a feel for your community, your group and your issues.

Invite them to an event, a panel discussion, or for a more informal exchange, invite them to come and have a cup of tea with some of your key stakeholders. For example County Down Rural Community Network organised a bus tour of community projects for prospective councillors ahead of the 2014 local elections (see case study).