Sometimes it helps to discuss your ideas with a friend or family member. Don’t be upset if they have any negative feedback – critical feedback at this point is like gold dust. It will help you refine your ideas and letter to be the best possible!
Contacting the right person will depend on what you want to achieve. Here are some ideas of people you might like to write to:
If you decide to contact them on social media, then ask a trusted grown-up to do so on your behalf.
We have created a nifty template that can be found at the bottom of this page. Remember to keep the letter short and simple. The person you are writing to is probably quite busy. You want to grab their attention, tell them what you need from them and then leave them with enough time to go and do it!
When you receive an answer, reply to them as soon as you can – strike while the iron is hot! If you don’t receive an answer, don’t be afraid to write again. Remember, if it were easy, it wouldn’t be worth it!
The more the merrier! Getting a group of people to write their own letters or even just to sign your letter, shows there is strong support for the idea and puts extra pressure on people in power to act.
A good way to get lots of people involved is to host a letter-writing party. Invite as many people as you can, take a little time to talk about the issue as a group and then give people the time to write their own letters. Providing pens, paper, envelopes and stamps can help things move smoothly. You could ask everyone to bring a little donation to cover these costs. Most importantly, don’t forget the snacks!
From ancient times to modern times, people have been writing letters to communicate with others and ask for help. One letter that recently received a lot of praise and attention is a letter by Marcus Rashford.
You might recognise Marcus Rashford as the English professional football player who plays as forward for Manchester United and the England National Team.
But Marcus isn’t just a hero on the football pitch, he is a world hunger activist.
During the pandemic in 2020, Marcus Rashford became aware that many children were not able to access their free school meal due to not being in school. This meant that many children were going hungry. Marcus grew up in poverty himself and knew what a difference free school meals made to his family.
He wrote a letter to the government requesting that children out of school still receive a meal. And within 48 hours, the government agreed to provide free school meals even during the holidays. You can read the letter he wrote on the right.
Letters can be a very effective way of communicating ideas. Check out some change-makers who have used letters to make an amazing difference to the world:
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