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Democracy Matters Newsletter Feb 2013


We are working with our members on Parliament Week, Local Democracy Awards, the Magna Carta anniversary in 2015 and support for volunteers (find out more at our next Democracy Matters Forum, 5 – 7pm on 28th Feb).

This update also has news of campaign training and citizenship education from SMK, Unlock Democracy, the Citizenship Foundation, Locality and Citizens UK. Please pass this on to your networks and let me know about opportunities for people to learn practical politics.

It’s Our Parliament:
Working with Public Engagement, Learning and Parliamentary Outreach.
28th February, 5 – 7pm
At the House of Commons, with refreshments and opportunities for networking: for details and to book your please go to Democracy Matters Forum.

Volunteering with Democracy Matters:
Volunteer Meeting.
11th March, 11am – 1pm (London)
We are recruiting volunteers to promote practical political education. To find out more, please email .

SMK: One Day Campaign Workshops:
Nottingham: 1st February
Derry/Londonderry: 15th February
Norwich: 15th March
Birmingham: 22nd March
ALL @ 9.45-4.00
For details and to book go to Sheila McKechnie Foundation .

Grassroots Democracy Conference:
9th February
Join activists from Unlock Democracy on Saturday 9th February 2013 in Birmingham to campaign for a better, fairer democracy: For details and booking go here.

Inspiring Local Leadership:
Nottingham: 5-7 February
London: 24-26 April
A 3-day residential programme for senior managers of local community support organisations with NAVCA. Details here.

Shout Out! Together:
January – March
Campaign workshops and training for 14 to 18 year olds in ten poorest London boroughs from Jan to March, run by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation. Interested? Go to Shout Out!

Chance To Be Chancellor:
Closing date: 15th February
14-18 year olds have until 15 February 2013 to have their say on the budget: see Chance to be Chancellor and the accompanying Facebook page or for teachers, go to Paying for It for lesson plans, free teacher training, regular e-newsletters from the Citizenship Foundation.

Free Training on Neighbourhood Planning Process:
3-5 February (Bristol)
Free Planning Camp for community groups and individuals in Bristol: Please visit the Eden Project’s website to register your interest.

Citizens UK:
17-22 February
Six day-community organiser training : details here.

United Nations Association Youth Discuss Nuclear Non-Proliferation:
23rd February
UNA Youth members will meet in London on Saturday 23 February to discuss nuclear non-proliferation policy: Click here to book your place.

Action on Climate Change:
4-10 March
A national campaign to inspire action on climate change with thousands of activities.

Civic Day:
22 June
Annual Civic Society day of events to celebrate where people live: download booklet,’101 Civic Ideas’ for inspiration here.

Do You Remember Raymond Williams?:
8-10 May (Sheffield)
The Raymond Williams Foundation‘s 25th annual residential is at Wortley Hall on Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 May, Sheffield.

Promote Your Event in Parliament:
The Work for an MP website has a useful diary of events, many of which are open to the public as well as researchers and members of Parliament. To post your event go to: Youth Parliament:
Run by young people, the UK Youth Parliament gives 11-18 year-olds a voice to bring about change: enter your postcode to find local activities and representatives and get involved.

What are your priorities for the world?
MY World is a global survey by the UN to devise the successor framework to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), promoted in Britain by UNA-UK

Community Organiser Training:
Locality runs a Government-funded scheme to become paid community organisers across England: to take part, contact local hosts which are recruiting

Queen Mary’s College:
in London offer an MA in Community Organising which covers the theory, history and practice of community organising.

Titus Alexander
Democracy Matters
Mobile: 07720394740

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