Local Democracy Week 2021
Local Democracy Week is a way of helping people to get involved in their community, learn about democracy and have a voice in the decisions that really matter for our everyday lives. We’re celebrating and supporting our active citizens in local places across Kirklees.
Our stories, our places
We’ve all got a story to share
We’re working with local people and the New Citizenship Project to learn how more people can come together to make local places better. It all starts with listening to each other’s stories. If you’ve got a story to share about something you’ve helped to make happen in your local place, we’d love to hear from you. Welcome to our new storytelling website…
How good is our place?
Our towns, villages and communities are the strength of Kirklees – and local people have asked us to do more to recognise this. So we’re working with citizens, councillors and colleagues to make sure that everyone has a stake in the place where they live, work or visit. Activities are open now:
We are with you
We’re working alongside our citizens and local organisations to make sure that together we can all support our neighbours and communities. We’re working especially closely with voluntary organisations and mutual aid groups in our local places, with our partners at Third Sector Leaders. Together we’re sharing advice, information and local stories to help everyone who is part of the Covid-19 Community Response in Kirklees.
Democracy Friendly Schools – get involved
We’re delighted to announce that we’re opening a Democracy Friendly Schools programme to help more of our young citizens be part of local democracy and civic life. If you’re part of a school community, if you have a child at school anywhere in Kirklees, or if you’re connected to a local school then you can help by encouraging your school to get involved. We’d also like to hear from other organisations who are interested in being Democracy Friendly.
Growing a stronger youth council
We’re proud to have launched the “Growing a stronger youth council” report, about the future of Kirklees Youth Council. Our report shares what young people told us about having a voice, getting involved in community life, and how we can help them to grow the skills, confidence and connections that they want, in the way that they want.
Our Working Group for the Kirklees Democracy Commission are overseeing our practical work to grow a stronger local democracy.
Kirklees Question Time
Our latest Kirklees Leaders Question Time event was at Holmfirth Civic Hall on Tuesday 23rd October 2018.
If you missed it, you can watch our webcast archive or look back at our live tweets from the evening.
Our next event will be in 2019.
Growing a stronger local democracy
Read our report on the future of local democracy:
Published 30th June 2017
Want to catch up on an event you missed, or take a second look? You can find out what’s already happened here – stories, webcasts & more…
Reviewing the evidence
Over 1,000 people have talked to us about local democracy in Kirklees and beyond. Thank you to everyone who has got involved so far.
- 88 people took part in discussions at our local democracy roadshow events across Kirklees.
- We met with the Kirklees Youth Council, Huddersfield University Students Union, partner organisations and other groups.
- 43 witnesses gave evidence during our public inquiries and evidence gathering sessions.
- 318 members of the Kirklees e-panel shared their views.
- 441 Kirklees Council staff shared their views.
- We have heard from councillors and political groups in Kirklees.
- We have visited some other councils to learn from their experiences.
- We’ve also received comments in writing, via social media, via our web site and by email.
We reviewed and deliberated all this evidence to help create our landmark report. You can look through the evidence too:
What should local democracy be like in Kirklees?
Local democracy is about being part of the decisions that affect our everyday lives. It’s about what happens on our street, in our neighbourhoods and across Kirklees. It’s important because it affects all of us.
And because it’s so important, the Kirklees Democracy Commission are working with our citizens and others to grow a stronger local democracy, from the ground up.
Hear from local citizens in our 4 minute film
We’d like you to be part of helping to shape a strong and healthy local democracy here in Kirklees – for the next generation, and beyond.
How should we do democracy here in Kirklees?
Join the debate to help us find out.
We’ll also keep you posted via twitter and email: