Online workshops: How can more people come together to make local places better?

Online workshops: How can more people come together to make local places better?

sketches from workshops in Ashbrow and Fieldhead

February to April 2021 – Register to take part

We’ve all seen over the past year how brilliant the people in our local places are. We believe that working with and alongside citizens is the best way to make the places where we live, work and play better. That’s why we would love you to be part of a pair of upcoming workshops. We will be asking: How can more people come together to make local places better?

The workshops will be an opportunity to meet with other citizens to look to the future. It’s a bit of an experiment for us. But what we know for sure is that now, more than ever, we want to work together – whoever and wherever we are. 

Last year we ran some similar workshops with people in the Fieldhead neighbourhood of Birstall and the Ashbrow ward of Huddersfield. We explored how we can best work together to make our local places even better. What we learned from the citizens who took part has already been really important – we’ve begun to work together in different, more trusting ways. It’s now time to hear stories from more citizens, in all of our local places, and to talk about how we can make this different way of doing things stick.

The workshops are an opportunity to share your experiences, to listen to each other and to make new connections. Together we’ll improve our understanding of how we can measure people’s confidence in their own ability to change things in our local places – to have influence as active citizens. We’re doing this because we want everyone to feel able to make our local places better. You’re an important part of figuring out how we do that. You’ll be making sure that the voices of citizens are clear in everything we do.

sketches from our workshops

What else do I need to know?

You will take part in two workshop discussions. The workshops will be online via video call. They will involve a mixture of activities and small group discussions. It’s a safe environment and everyone will have a chance to talk.

The workshops will be run by Kirklees Council’s Democracy team and an organisation called the New Citizenship Project, who are supporting the project.

You’ll need a computer or tablet and  internet access to take part. We will be using Zoom and we’ll share a simple guide on how to use this. We can also offer technical help in advance of the workshops if you’d like.

Invitation card

How to get involved

You can register now for one of the first workshop sessions. We’ll arrange the second session with you later, at a time that’s suitable for you.

  • Tuesday 16th February, from 2pm to 4pm 
  • Thursday 18th February, from 10am to 12 noon
  • Saturday 20th February, from 10am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday 24th February, from 5pm to 7pm
  • Friday 26th February, from 10am to 12 noon
  • Monday 1st March, from 2pm to 4pm (new date)
  • Tuesday 2nd March, from 10 am to 12 noon (new date)
  • Thursday 4th March, from 5pm to 7pm (new date)
  • Tuesday 9th March, from 2pm to 4pm (new date)
  • Wednesday 10th March, from 10.30am to 12.30pm (new date)

Register to take part

We want taking part to be as easy as possible, so please let us know if there’s anything you need to help you participate. We’ll do our best to help. Email:

We’d love you to be part of the journey. And if you know someone – a neighbour, friend or colleague – who might also like to be involved, you are very welcome to pass these details onto them or ask them to get in touch.

Democracy and New Citizenship Project teams

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