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Local Democracy Week

Local Democracy Week 2017

Local Democracy Week is an annual European-wide campaign that aims, on a national level, to raise young people’s awareness of how local Councils operate.  It informs them about opportunities for taking part in local decision-making and, as a result, draws attention to how their involvement in local affairs is crucial in upholding local democracy. 

Now in its 10th year and going from strength to strength and continually engaging with Young People, Derry City and Strabane District Council is offering a range of opportunities for local schools, colleges and Citizens from the City and District to learn more about, and get involved in, Local Democracy. 

This year, Local Democracy Week takes place from 2nd to 6th October 2017.

The Council’s programme of free events has been set out by our Mayoral & Member Services Officer and is outlined in this pack.

What do young people get from the programme?

  • Find out information on the services that Derry City and Strabane District Council provides..
  • Be listened to and express their views on political roles.
  • Get to know their local Councillors and learn about their roles and responsibilities.
  •  Find out about the democratic and decision making processes and how they can take part.

What do Councillors get out of the programme?

  • Promote their work in communities and explain their role and responsibilities.
  • Tell young people how the Council currently operates.
  • Engage with young people on a face-to-face basis to increase their confidence in Councillors.
  • Listen to young people’s views to gain a better understanding of what is important to them.
  • Tell young people about how they can get involved in the local democratic process.