Connecting with Citizens

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“UDecide”- Newcastle upon Tyne’s award-wining participatory democracy programme: http://nws.eurocities.eu/MediaShell/media/Newcastle_(soci)_final-MROD_8771.pdf

Udecide

http://www.opendemocracy.net/participation-now/alison-lamb-hilde-c-stephansen/building-relationships-through-participatory-budget

Let’s talk Newcastle online is a simple and convenient way for you to have your say and take part in Newcastle upon Tyne City Council’s consultations online. You can complete an online survey, take part in topic walls where you can discuss and debate issues, vote in a poll or create your own forum to raise the things you want to talk about.

https://www.letstalknewcastle.co.uk

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Budget Roadshows in Newcastle, South Africa

Mayor Afzul Rehman takes the municipality’s annual budget around huge public meetings in marquees and hall around the townships and suburbs of Newcastle. The Municipality’s Exco has just agreed that these meetings will now be held ahead of the setting of the budget so that the community can feed its ideas into the Integrated Development Plan and the Budget which reflects what is in the Plan.

Shinshiro City, Japan – Environmental Citizens: http://www.city.shinshiro.lg.jp.e.ji.hp.transer.com/index.cfm/6,34008,140,879,html

Newcastle-under-Lyme College – Active Citizenship: http://www.activecitizensfe.org.uk/speak-out-newcastle-under-lyme-college.html

Examples of Community/Staff newsletters from the different Newcastles

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“Vivra la Ville” – Neuchâtel http://www.neuchatelville.ch/vivre-la-ville

“The Informer”, Newcastle, South Africa   August 2015

Shinshiro Citizens’ News

http://www.city.shinshiro.lg.jp/index.cfm/7,43677,c,html/43677/20150811-145212.pdf

Local Committees in Newcastle upon Tyne

Each of the 26 “wards” in Newcastle has a Ward Committee which meets on a regular basis. Its purpose is to inform and involve residents around issues that are relevant to them and to gain feedback about what is happening in their area. The Ward Committee is made up of the three councillors elected in the ward who meet with local residents and organisations. Each Ward Committee hold four Ward Get Togethers each year. The Get Togethers are an opportunity to meet local councillors, share views about the neighbourhood and make decisions together. Each ward has a local budget, averaging 40-50,000 euros, to support local projects and initiatives for the benefit of the area. More information – david.faulkner@newcastle.gov.uk

Local Democracy in Action: A Civil Society Perspective on Local Governance in South Africa http://www.ggln.org.za/publications/state-of-local-governance-research-project/Local%20Democracy%20in%20Action.pdf   Includes reference to Ward Committee Ssytem in Newcastle, Kwazulu Natal

The Theory and Practice of Participatory Appraisal

Participatory Appraisal (PA) is a method of consultation, designed to be none threatening and offer a fun and alternative method of gathering both qualitative and quantitative results.PA, by its approach is suitable to use with all members of the community as it easily cuts across age and language barriers. It also provides the skills and insights for elected members in their capacity as community leaders.
PA uses hand draw pictures, post-it notes and sticky dots to gather the required information, which can be collected and analysed, and cross-referenced to produce statistical reports. The data will remain confidential for the consultee, but will offer the required information for the organisation using a simple key that can gather required data such as gender, ethnicity, age etc. This training day is very practical and hands on, teaching delegates to enjoy consulting.
http://shortwork.org.uk/participatory-research/an-introduction-to-participatory-appraisal/

Active Citizens – British Council website, with examples from around the world: http://activecitizens.britishcouncil.org/

Citizens Connect: Making Boston Beautiful
Citizens Connect is the City of Boston’s award-winning effort to empower residents to be the City’s “eyes and ears.” Citizens can alert the City of Boston to neighborhood issues such as potholes, damaged signs, and graffiti.  http://www.cityofboston.gov/DoIT/apps/citizensconnect.asp

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