Local Democracy Week 2019 events programme
Local Democracy Week (14th to 20th October) is a way of helping people to have a voice and be actively involved in the things that really matter in our local communities. In Kirklees, we’re celebrating throughout October, with free events including workshops, inspiring stories, discussions and exhibitions. Activities get under way on Wednesday 2nd October 2019, with a discussion workshop about councillors.
Local Democracy Week highlights
Democracy Seekers: What do councillors do?
Wednesday 2nd October, 5.30pm
Venue: The Media Centre, 7 Northumberland Street, Huddersfield
What do you want and expect from your councillor? How do you find out what your councillors do? And how can we make better use of digital tools to connect? Come and share your experiences and ideas.
Democracy Seekers get-togethers are informal discussions and workshops, open to anyone who is interested in helping to grow a stronger local democracy here in Kirklees. At this session we’ll be talking about councillors, with a focus on how we can make it easier for citizens to find out what councillors do.
What our young citizens want
Friday 18th October, 2pm
Venue: Huddersfield Town Hall, Corporation Street, Huddersfield
This year Kirklees Youth Council have been exploring how we can inspire the active citizens of tomorrow. Join us to hear what over 1,700 children and young people in Kirklees 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.
At this event we’ll be sharing our “Growing a stronger youth council” report, based on our year of learning, including our recommendations for the future. Come along to hear from our Young Commissioners and Kirklees Youth Councillors about their experiences, and find out how you can help.
Batley 150: Inspiring local community involvement
Tuesday 22nd October, 6.30pm
Venue: Batley Town Hall, Market Place, Batley
Batley has celebrated 150 years since the foundation of Batley Borough Council, when Queen Victoria granted the Royal Charter that meant Batley could govern itself and provide services and buildings for local people.
Come and discover more about Batley’s democratic heritage, see the Royal Charter, meet your local councillors and find out more about their role, hear from some of our inspiring young people about their involvement in local democracy, and learn about lots of ways for you to get involved in civic and community life and make a difference in Batley today. Community organisations in Batley are also welcome to book a stall or display at the event.
How good is our place?
We’re supporting local organisations, councillors and colleagues who want to help citizens talk about their experiences of their local place and share their aspirations for the future. Together we’ve been using a tool called the “Place Standard”, which is a way of getting conversations going about any place (it could be your street, neighbourhood or town), by using some simple questions.
Activities during October include: Listening to Birstall, Ask Shelley, Ask Honley, The Big Local Converastion in Ashbrow and the Ask Meltham results. Find out more in our events programme: