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A free event for everyone who has something positive to say about local democracy & anyone who is up for the challenge of making it better

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Do you want to write a different future for our local democracy? It’s fair to say that lots of us are going through some significant changes. Things have happened in all our lives and communities that were not in our script. But the future of our democracy is not yet written - and we can each be part of writing that story, everyday.

Notwestminster is about finding the people, ideas and energy we need, so that we can grow our shared understanding of what our democracy can be, and where we can find practical ways of working together to improve our lives and local places.

If you’re up for the challenge of renewing our democracy, please join us for a day of workshops, quick-fire talks, conversations and inspiration.

The future is unwritten

Like many people and organisations, Notwestminster is turning a page this year. Our story began with our first annual event in the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield in 2015. Since then, Notwestminster has grown into a community of amazing people who give their time and attention to improving our local democracy in places across the UK.

After a break from our usual gigs last year, we’re excited to be bringing the band back together and reawakening our force for the seventh edition of Notwestminster. We’d love you to be part of it. We’re keen to welcome anyone who wants to come along to help write the next chapter of our local democracy.

When we talk about local democracy, we mean the democracy that happens where we are, in our neighbourhoods and the places that we know. Our everyday experiences have become different, and our experiences of democracy are changing too. This is a time of uncertainty, both for our democracy and for our world. But it’s also a time for action. If we want a different kind of future, the story starts now - and it starts with us.

You can come to Notwestminster to share your ideas and experiences, listen to others, learn new ways of doing things, and be part of finding local solutions to issues for our everyday democracy. Bring your questions, share your aspirations and hear things that will spark your imagination.

Notwestminster is a welcoming place, which only exists because of the generosity of our participants. You’ll find this a friendly day, where we make room for each other’s ideas and experiences, look out for each other and inspire each other to take action. Come and meet some amazing people who are at the heart of efforts to improve our democracy, for everyone.

If you’re imagining a different future and want to bring your ideas off the page, if you’re already doing something to give people and places a voice in their future, if you want to challenge unwritten rules or open up information, or if you think we should all be able to tell our own stories as citizens to help shape our future, we would love to hear from you.


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If you want the next chapter of our local democracy to be different, and if you’re up for the challenge of doing something to help make it happen, please join us at Notwestminster. We know this is an uncertain time for everyone, so we’ll be guided by the response from participants as we shape our plans for the event. We have a spacious and airy venue. We will also be hosting an online event later in 2022, so we can work together on our ideas and enable more people to join in.

Workshops & Lightning talks

Our lively workshop sessions, all led by our participants, are at the heart of our main event. Want to run a workshop at Notwestminster? We are accepting ideas for our Saturday workshops now.

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Our main event also includes our popular Lightning talks, where you'll hear about all kinds of inspiring projects and activities, and our Ideas Bazaar where you can see all the ideas created on the day and decide what you’re going to do next.

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University of Huddersfield

Oastler Building

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HD1 3DH

United Kingdom

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