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For democracy to be real, people need to know how the system works, how to influence decisions and be able to exercise power.
People need to be able to develop their confidence, skills and voice to be effective citizens and take part in democratic politics at all levels.
Our aim is to promote practical political education and participation, particularly among people with least power in society, to create a more inclusive and effective democracy. We believe that practical political skills of campaigning, community action and organising are essential for a healthy democracy and should be as widely available as business studies, law or literacy within main stream adult, community, further and higher education.
We are an informal alliance of over 30 civil society organisations and education providers with extensive networks across the UK, run entirely by volunteers.
We do not take sides on any issue or political party, other than to campaign for more accessible practical political education.
A message from our alliance members (rotating monthly)
Head of Partnerships, Bite the Ballot CIC
Bite the Ballot is an organisation working to re-brand politics to make it appealing to young people, giving them the confidence to share their opinion in the political arena. We want young people to know that their vote counts, that what they have to say matters and should be listened to, and that one person, one vote and one generation really can make a difference.
Rock EnrolRead More
Our ‘Rock Enrol’ programme, launched last autumn, saw us work with twenty schools and colleges to connect the world of politics with everyday life and get across the importance of being registered to vote. The pilot registered over 4000 young people; most of whom didn’t even know that the electoral register existed and the impact it has on their lives.
From our Practical Politics Blog
What do you want the parties to do about democracy? Members of Democracy Matters are contacting all main parties to …Read More