What a year! Since the beginning of 2018 we have grown beyond our hometown of Manchester and expanded across the UK, with our second office opening in London this summer.
We’re thrilled to be able to say that this academic year we have run/ will be running Talking Gender, our special thematic version of the Digital Surgeries programme in:
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset
Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Birmingham, West Midlands
Brent, Greater London
Chafford Hundred, Essex
Hammersmith & Fulham, Greater London
Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Southwark, Greater London
Walthamstow, Greater London
Westminster, Greater London
On top of this, we had some major milestones this year, including:
Establishing the Manchester and London Democracy Hubs in collaboration with The Democratic Society and The RSA. These have brought together organisations working on democracy across both cities, and will take place bi-annually; the next Manchester Democracy Hub will be on Wednesday 23 January 2019.
Harriet’s nomination as ‘Changemaker of the Year’ in the Cabinet Office’s National Democracy Week Awards 2018
Our first ever digital surgery with a government minister, with Minister for the Constitution Chloe Smith MP taking part in a surgery to mark National Democracy Week
Delivering surgeries at WIRED’s Next Generation event
Expanding our network of politicians to over 50, with MPs, mayors and councillors from every UK-wide major political party including Amber Rudd MP, Mayor Andy Burnham, Sir Vince Cable and Caroline Lucas MP
Our biggest thanks go to all to students, teachers and politicians we’ve worked with this year. Everything points towards 2019 being a year where political literacy will be more essential than ever - we can’t wait to help increase it amongst students throughout the UK.