People of all ages across Stockton Borough are being encouraged to make a difference to their communities as part of European Local Democracy Week (ELDW).
This year’s European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) takes place from 13 to 19 October with a theme of “Participatory Democracy: sharing, proposing, deciding.”
Stockton Council runs activities throughout the year and uses the week to highlight them and promote new ones. This year, the Council is involved in a number of activities and events for children, young people and adults, spread over several weeks.
With the introduction of the government’s new Individual Electoral Registration (IER) system, there will be a big focus on increasing the number of people registered to vote. Schools, colleges and local universities will be targeted, along with outreach in local supermarkets, canvassers calling at properties, ‘Getting Heard’ workshops, and a special Citizenship Ceremony.
There will also be opportunities to make nominations for the Mayor’s Civic Awards, learn more about the role of the Mayor, attend a ‘Be a Councillor” event for potential candidates in the May 2015 Local Elections and beyond, and for children and young people to take part in the ‘No Hate Speech’ and ‘National Takeover Day’ campaigns.
Councillor David Harrington, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Management and Finance, said: “Local Democracy Week is a great way to learn more about the work of the Council and play a part in shaping the future of our communities, whatever your age.
“It is particularly encouraging to see so many young people getting involved. As future voters, and even councillors, these activities are a great way of helping them to learn about democracy and the importance of making their voice heard."
For more information about this year’s Local Democracy Week, visit www.stockton.gov.uk/localdemocracyweek