“We want to work with local communities on new policy ideas so our policies work for as many people as possible“.Torrin Wilkins
If you have been watching Centre recently you may have noticed that we have seen quite a few changes. The style of our papers, our procedures, Centre’s internal complaints and safeguarding procedures and our website have all seen large upgrades. The organisation I started five years ago has come a long way since it first started.
That being said, we know there is so much more to do which is why we are going local as the title suggests. We have regional branches already but alongside them we also want to create partnerships with local organisations.
Whilst we produce policy by talking to people involved, our plans for those who were excluded or bathroom breaks being good examples, there is no point in making policy if we don’t know what is happening on the ground. For the excluded and bathroom breaks, we spoke to a lot of people who had been affected and this helped us to make better policies.
Thats why we recently agreed a partnership with Sheppy is Ours, to work together in order to create policies that help local people.
The Isle of Sheppey is on the Kent coast and the constituency it sits within, Sittingbourne and Sheppey, has been a Conservative seat since 2005. It has an all-ability school in a grammar school area. In the surrounding area of Swale, 62% of people voted to leave the European Union and in the same area 75% of people voted against the Alternative Vote system.
The question you are probably asking is, why look so much at an areas local politics and views? Well, whilst they may like our pro-EFTA stance, we don’t share much in common with the voting history of the Isle of Sheppey. Thats why its so important for us to reach out to these areas more.
Its areas like this that often don’t feel engaged in politics. They have a mix of leave supporters and remain supporters, Labour supporters and Conservatives and every other political view you can think of. Its these areas that will end up see the effects of new policies and the thousands of areas like them across the UK.
Thats why we want to grow partnerships with groups in local areas so we can take into account the views of local areas. Thats part of what our regional branches, local partnerships and supporters network will allow us to do. We want to work with local communities on new policy ideas so our policies work for as many people as possible and are communicated as well as possible.
Written by Torrin Wilkins, the Director and Founder of Centre. He also has a degree in Political Studies from Aberystwyth University and has been interviewed on both the BBC and LBC.