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Neighbourhood Democracy Movement

Neighbourhood Democracy Movement

Join the Neighbourhood Democracy Movement in exploring the new forms of local democracy that are emerging as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The NDM is a movement for citizens, neighbourhoods and their allies who want to create real democracy in every community and a real shift of power to local people. Angela Fell from the movement will convene the space, along with a set of speakers to exemplify a range of different neighbourhood experiences. Each presentation will be followed by opportunity for Q&A, along with space to consider some provocative questions.


  • Alex Barker - Crew member of Trust the People, leader of Be More Pirate
  • Mark McKergow - Village in the City
  • Dave Baxter - Founder of Abram Ward Community Cooperative, Made in Wigan
  • Deana Wildgoose - Coalville C.A.N
  • Suzanne Clark - Vibrant Communities at East Ayrshire Council, with local residents
  • Sam Moon - Community Enabling Officer for Norwich Council, & resident
  • Bill Chatt - Vice Chair of Barrowcliffe Big Local
  • Xavi Ferrer - Coordinator of Cities for Change

The Neighbourhood Democracy Movement is hosted by the Centre for Welfare Reform.

The Centre for Welfare Reform was formed in 2009 to help create a world where everyone can be an equal citizen.

The Centre is a citizen think tank. We are not funded by big business or government. We exist because of donations and voluntary effort and share information and ideas for free.

Part of our 2021 festival strand

Putting Citizens in the Lead

Strand sponsors

Voluntary Action Sheffield

Our vision is for people to work together to make a vital and growing contribution to quality of life in all Sheffield’s communities. We support the development of voluntary and community action in the city, so it is sustainable and brings about positive social change.

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