Recruiting new members
Many YAC Branches find that word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising. If your members enjoy your sessions, they will tell their friends! Guest speakers at your session may also be willing to mention your Branch at their other events.
Templates for producing posters and leaflets are available from YAC HQ, but the best way to produce posters can be to get your members to design them! Have a special session where members make advertising materials and plan where to display them. If you do not have access to a printer or photocopier, just get in touch with YAC HQ and we can print and post anything to you. Local museums and libraries will often be happy to display YAC materials; you could also approach local schools.
You may also find that local publications, like newspapers, and local or national websites, like netmums.com, will give you free or low cost listings for your Branch.
Running events can be a good way to boost your membership. Some Branches run special ‘bring a friend’ party sessions (remember you must get emergency contact and medical information for all children, and to make sure you have enough YAC volunteers for the extra children). Others have family sessions which can encourage siblings to join and parents to tell friends (make sure parents know they must supervise their own children at all times). Some Branches have stalls at events in their areas. This can work particularly well during the Festival of Archaeology: find out if your local museum or archaeological site is running an event you can take part in, or arrange an event of your own. To find out more about the Festival, visit www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk.