I am often asked if there could be a template letter for grandparents to use to write to their MP’s.

MP’s have made it known that they would much rather receive letters from constituents that are personal and unique. One grandparent writing about their own situation with passion is much more meaningful than hundreds of exactly the same letters.

The same applies to a mass sending of emails, an MP would much rather receive an individual correspondence, which shows clearly that someone has taken time to put their point across.

There are tips when writing.

Be succinct, try and keep it no more than double sided A4. Don’t digress and keep to the point you are trying to make.

Introduce yourself and tell them why you care about the topic you are writing about. The personal connection is a good way of engaging.

Think about the structure of your letter, having introduced yourself, give a fact to get their attention, such as ‘it is estimated that over one million children in the UK are denied contact with their grandparents due to family breakdown.’

Write about the consequences of denied contact, focussing on the effect on the children, not you.

Give them ideas of solutions to the problem and then ask how they are going to help you.

Tell them how you look forward to hearing from them.

Always be polite, that may sound obvious but it isn’t to some.

I hope that answers the question as to why I haven’t got a template letter.

Jane