It feels like ages now since the party conferences took place, but I think about them often. Such a great opportunity to meet other influential figures of politics and policies. To share and discuss ideas. And more importantly, to collect as many freebies as possible.
The freebies do serve an important function – to publicise the charity or organisation, especially if they are memorable and useful little things. With my inherent magpie tendencies to collect and hoard anything that looks shiny and new, I ended up collecting quite a few freebies. So, with that in mind, here is my top 5 of freebies accumulated from across the party conferences.
5) At first, it looks like nothing more than a little blob of plastic. But if you fold it, it then becomes a useful device to put phones in on your desk! Though my professional photographer couldn’t quite capture it, a little LED light also flashes on the front, thereby making it doubly useful for people who can’t hear the phone ring. A very useful freebie from the teaching union, NASUWT.
4) MIND is a national charity that campaigns for better mental health. And one of their freebies was a lollipop. Well, it made me feel better.
3) Not content with having produced the handy little phone holders (number 5 above), NASUWT struck again with an entry at number three, with something that seems to be designed to help teachers keep in touch with their inner child: a slinky!
2) It can be hard work being a campaigns officer, as the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) realise. Cups of tea are essential to get by during busy days. But where to put them? Well, thanks to the RNIB, I now have these rather cool coasters with images of the party leaders on them! It serves another useful function in reminding me what the leaders look like in case the stresses of the day become too much.
1) Finally, my favourite freebie was something from Action for Children (formerly known as NCH). At first, it took me a while to realise what this freebie was – a little something in a small round pouch. But twist the object and it folds out to become a freebie frisbee.
Warning: Do not open this object if you are surrounded by serious policy people and prone to screaming when something flies out in your face unexpectedly.
So there you have it, the final definitive statement on the party conferences. If you have any suggestions for freebies, quirky or serious, that NDCS can be giving out next year, please feel free to let us know.