Representing other caregivers
I spoke with someone this morning who had a friend threatened by some women who said they could have the cats removed in the area. I told her it is best to see the MP and to tell the MP and the town council what she has been doing. I said if the MPs and TCs only hear from the complainants, they don't get a full view of the picture and might think only people who do not like cats live there.
She mentioned that her friends do not have problems yet and hence they may not want to go with her. I told her that this was actually the best time to then see the MP and the TC because there isn't an issue - the longer the working relationship and the less trouble it is, certainly the more likely the TCs are going to continue working with you in the future. If however, the TC only hears about the caregiver when there is an issue, they may view you with more suspicion, bearing in mind that they don't know you at all.
She was concerned that she might not be able to get other caregivers to go with her at such short notice. She asked if she could just tell the MP she was representing the others - I told her that generally I would think it best that the people who she represents actually go. It definitely gives credence if you mention that there are X number of people and they care enough to go rather than a solitary person claiming to have X number of other caregivers, who are nowhere to be seen.