Local Democracy Week 2023
We’re celebrating Local Democracy Week with a programme of activities happening throughout October. You can get involved by adding your activities to our programme, by hosting a conversation, by sharing your story or by inviting us along to your community to help people learn about (and get involved in) local democracy.
We’ve all got a story to share
Our stories, our places
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…
Democracy Friendly Schools
Our Democracy Friendly Schools programme is helping 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.
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:
Wish it was easier to find out about local issues and decisions that affect you? We’re looking for Kirklees citizens to become Democracy Seekers. You’ll be helping to improve our democratic information, so that we can grow a stronger local democracy for everyone.
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.
Our meetings are webcast live and you can follow along via @kirkdemocracy on twitter.
Kirklees Question Time
Get your questions answered by local councillors at our regular Question Time events.
We’re celebrating 150 years since the founding of Batley Borough Council. A group of volunteers are planning events and activities and would love you to join in.
We’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the borough of Huddersfield – it’s part of a rich democratic heritage in Kirklees that we can be proud of today.
Vote 100 – deeds not words
We’re proud to be part of Vote 100, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave some women (and all men over 21) the right to vote.
We’ve created a Vote 100 Kirklees website where you can see a list of upcoming events in Kirklees, get ideas about running your own event and find links to the Centenary Grant Fund, or find out more about the fight for the vote.
Deeds not words
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…
Keep in touch
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You can also email us your comments any time:
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 us create our report. You can look through the evidence too: