Training for participation

I've already sketched this idea in a comment on another thread, but thought it was worth making a headline issue of.

There is a real issue with equality of access to participation in community level politics. Many people are time-poor, which is an issue which must be addressed separately; but many lack the articulacy and self-confidence to put themselves forward.

We need to build capacity, which not only means providing the people elected to community councils with the necessary skills but also those considering standing; and the cost of this training must be met out of the public purse, free to participants. Furthermore, it needs to be high-quality, attractive training, something which people will want to take part in. It needs to concentrate on confidence building, articulacy, analytic skills, team-work and conflict resolution, not dull grey lectures on the arcana of planning law.

There need to be free accommodation, easily available bursaries for transport, and quality creche facilities and activities for children.

 

Why the contribution is important

Without up-skilling and building confidence in people from less advantaged grous, we will not get broad representative participation in local democracy. Furthermore, without appropriate skills, community councils will be (remain) significantly less effective.

by SimonBrooke on August 21, 2018 at 12:08PM

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