We’re the UK’s leading public participation charity, on a mission to put people at the heart of decision-making.
We’re a small but passionate team focused on giving people more power over the decisions that affect their lives. We want to build a stronger democracy that works for everyone – that gives people real power to bring about change in their lives, communities and beyond.
Involve was founded in 2003 to “to create a new focus for thinking and action on the links between new forms of public participation and existing democratic institutions”. We've been promoting and practising participatory and deliberative decision-making ever since. We have worked with governments, parliaments, civil society organisations, academics and the public across the UK and internationally to put people at the heart of decision-making.
We know that democracy isn’t working as it should, leaving people and decision-makers feeling divided, distrustful and powerless. We demonstrate how things can be different. We support people and decision-makers to work together to solve our biggest challenges.
Everything we do is driven by our values:
- Collaboration – because change comes when broad coalitions of people work towards a common vision.
- Equality – because everyone in society has an equal right to be listened to and participate in decisions that affect their lives. No one should be held back by societal divisions or prejudice.
- Purpose – because participation must have an impact. We reject tokenistic or ineffectual engagement.