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Local Democracy Week

​​Local Democracy Week 2019

​​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 11th 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 14th-17th October 2019

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

Download the Programme

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.