Local groups

bikers.jpgFree Tibet is represented by over 46 local groups across the UK and a further 20 across the world.

Groups are run independently by members who organise meetings, sponsored events and other activities through which they raise awareness about Tibet in their area.

Local groups are vital in spreading the message to as many people as possible and help the campaign by staging local protests, recruiting new members, lobbying elected representatives and local businesses and organising cultural events to help raise funds for the campaign.

Joining a group is a great way to meet other like-minded people who care about human rights and want to do something to make a positive difference. From film screenings to sponsored sky diving, you can help free Tibet, and you can help even more as part of a group.

View our full list of local groups

How do we support local groups?

We send you materials such as leaflets, magazines and flags, and put your details on our website for new members and supporters to get in touch.

If there is no local group in your area and you would like to start one, please give us a call on +44 (0)20 7324 4605 or email mail@freetibet.org

What do our local groups do?

1_sheffield.jpg "Tibet Support Group Grampian started in 1993 when the Dalai Lama visited Aberdeen. We hold a number of events through the year - talks and films, campaign stalls, street collections, etc. Over the past 15 years we have raised more than £25,000 to support health, education and social projects both in Tibet and in the exile community." Liz Lindsey, Grampian group, Grampian Group website

Fundraising events

Standing up for Tibet doesn't have to be difficult; it can also be a lot of fun! Our local groups organise events which range from sponsored sports to gigs, exhibitions and arts and crafts competitions, and are advertised in the events section of this site so that other supporters in the area can join in.

Group fundraising is particularly effective when marking significant days on the Tibetan calendar such as Tibetan new year (Losar), Uprising Day in March and Day for Tibet in October. Many groups are also active throughout the year as they meet up for walks, talks and local campaigning.

Why start a local group?

"The Tibetan people need our support and it is the duty of all of us, who so often take our human rights and freedoms for granted, to help them. Free Tibet is vital in providing this support and allows people to make a difference. We proudly support Free Tibet through fundraising, film screenings, protests and engaging university students in their work." - Liam, Hull university Human Rights Action group leader

Awareness building

hull uni.jpg Our groups take part in awareness building in their area. This can include setting up stalls at fairs and cultural events, doing presentations at schools and community centres, screening Tibet-related films and writing to local newspapers, politicians and public figures about Tibet.

The more people who know about the situation in Tibet, the more effective our campaigning becomes. Local groups are a vital part of the drive to make sure the world does not turn its back on Tibet!