What is your journey to participation?

London Voices maps the journey to civic and democratic participation from the perspective of under-represented communities.

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STAKEHOLDER SURVEY

A survey of 109 civil society organisations, of all sizes, from across London comprising a total of 4087 full-time employees, 5611 volunteers and supporting over 380000 Londoners.

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INTERVIEWS

Follow-up interviews with 20+ organisations on the lived experiences of under-represented Londoners and their recommendations.

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PEER RESEARCH

Focus groups in collaboration with organisations led by  young Londoners, Deaf and disabled Londoners, Black, minority ethnic and migrant Londoners, Londoners of all faiths and none.

 
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ANALYSIS

Quantitative and qualitative analysis of structural barriers and challenges, activities, strategies, mapping the gaps in the democracy sector and the needs of civil society organisations and the Londoners they represent or support.

CASE STUDIES

20 case studies focused on community voice and lived experience with organisational profiles; campaign highlights; best practice on civic and democratic participation; civil society and local authority collaboration examples.

RECOMMENDATIONS

A set of recommendations co-produced with an Advisory Board made of under-represented communities and aimed at local authorities, Greater London Authority (GLA), Mayor of London, central Government, funders, civil society organisations and political parties on how to improve Londoners’ journeys to full participation.

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ANALYSIS

Quantitative and qualitative analysis of structural barriers and challenges, activities, strategies, mapping the gaps in the democracy sector and the needs of civil society organisations and the Londoners they represent or support.

CASE STUDIES

20 case studies focused on community voice and lived experience with organisational profiles; campaign highlights; best practice on civic and democratic participation; civil society and local authority collaboration examples.

RECOMMENDATIONS

A set of recommendations co-produced with an Advisory Board made of under-represented communities and aimed at local authorities, Greater London Authority (GLA), Mayor of London, central Government, funders, civil society organisations and political parties on how to improve Londoners’ journeys to full participation.

 
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turnout in the postponed May 2021 Mayoral and Assembly election

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organisations surveyed oppose photo voter ID

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organisations surveyed support residence-based voting rights

 
 

Interested to know more?

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Full Report

How to cite this report: Hammoud-Gallego, O., Lawall, K., McRae, I., Moise, R., Wanga, S., & Bulat, A. (2021). London Voices: the journey to full participation. the3million (Young Europeans Network). https://bit.ly/32TyY7I 

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Executive Summary

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Briefing Paper

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We want communities to be actively engaged in political processes, especially at the local level, and public appointments and to step up and get better representation.
Jeremy Crook, BTEG

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Once I moved to London, and I started volunteering more with different groups and engaging more in civil society, that's when I actually found out that I can vote and that actually counts for something.
M., Bulgarian citizen

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