There are many fantastic people, groups and organisations across the UK working to improve democracy, but too often we are isolated from one another and struggle to have the impact we desire.
In 2020, the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust commissioned Networking for Democracy, an analysis of sector needs and perspectives. It concludes that building better connections within and outside the sector is a priority capacity building need; and that there is a good case and support for building a “network”.
Following a call for proposals, Involve has been awarded funding by JRRT and JRCT to incubate, expand and coordinate a Democracy Network over the next three years. The Democracy Network will bring together individuals, groups and organisations from across the democracy sector to strengthen our collective reach and impact.
Work to develop the network will begin from June 2021, with three aims in mind:
- Connecting: Developing a trusted, strong, diverse and well-functioning democracy network, with high engagement in network activities and an expanding reach to new groups;
- Information sharing and capacity building: Increasing the knowledge, skills, resources and impact of members; and,
- Vision and influence: Expanding the collective influence of the network and its members, including receiving increased media and political attention.
To stay in touch with the Democracy Network and help to shape its development, please sign up here.
Or get in touch via DemocracyNetwork@involve.org.uk