Winners at the second annual Up2U Participatory Budgeting day, organised by St Peter's Partnerships and Tameside Council, March 2010
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This page is the beginnings of a portal for Community involvement UK. The majority of our information about this is collated via our place pages ...Near you. Please see Community involvement for a topic overview.

In the UK, three out of five – 60.3% of the voting population, (Jan 2020) – are unhappy with the functioning of our democracy. In 2005, levels of democratic dissatisfaction in the UK stood at 32.8%, despite the Iraq war. [1]

"The Understanding Society Survey in 2015 showed that only 3% of people in the UK are involved in neighbourhood projects, while nearly 60% agreed, or strongly agreed, that they wanted to work together to improve their neighbourhood." Designing participation systems around people, not institutions, Tessy Britton, Feb 24, 2021. [2]

News and topic articles[edit | edit source]

Community action projects[edit | edit source]

Flatpack democracy[edit | edit source]

Quotes

"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about" Margaret Wheatley [3]

See also

Interwiki links

Independents for Frome W

External links

  • Flatpack Democracy, DIY guide to creating independent politics
  • The Isle of Wight Independent group: Framework for Change, the equivalent of Frome’s Ways of Working and Principles rolled into one: [1]

Community Peoples' Assembly[edit | edit source]

Community charters[edit | edit source]

"Community Charters are rights-based documents which set out things in a local area which residents have agreed to be fundamental to the present and future health of their community, and related rights and responsibilities." [4]

The UK’s first Community Charter was developed by residents of Falkirk, Scotland, in response to the UK’s first application to commercialise unconventional gas. The St Ives Community Charter was launched in 2017. The Community Chartering Network is currently providing support for similar initiatives in North Yorkshire, Dartington, and for communities along the river Dart.

The Community Chartering Network is a UK-wide network with a shared commitment to community empowerment and responsible environmental stewardship. It was set up to explore and establish new models for community engagement and rejuvenation around shared lived experiences of place, and essential rights and responsibilities. Its mission is to support communities who wish to ensure genuinely sustainable local development. In achieving this, its aim is to enable truly resident-led outcomes through collective decision-making approaches which are open, transparent and inclusive, and tailored to specific local objectives, issues, needs and context.

Resources[edit | edit source]

see separate article: Community involvement UK resources

News and comment[edit | edit source]

See separate article: Community involvement UK news

Events[edit | edit source]

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An invitation from the Transition Network. "...a time of creativity, dreaming, and sharing. A space to explore our longings for what we want the future to be. Connecting us to each other and to a future worth fighting for." [5]

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

Unlock Democracy, campaigns for a more participatory democracy in Britain. It continues to work with and support other organizations such as Local Works on the Sustainable Communities Act. W

See also[edit | edit source]

local information can be found, or shared, via our many UK location pages


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External links[edit | edit source]

  • New Citizenship Project, "a social innovation lab, using creative strategy to promote the role of the citizen and encourage better participation in society."
  • NHS Citizen, building a way for everyone to have a say in NHS England decision-making.
  • Talk Shop
  • UNGOV, ...put your ideas forward

References[edit | edit source]