London Voices - the journey to full participation

Trust for London, on behalf of the Citizenship and Integration Initiative, and the UK Democracy Fund, set up by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, have come together to support comprehensive research into the mechanisms that can facilitate equal, inclusive, representative civic and democratic participation through the London Voices project.

To participate fully in shaping their future, citizens and residents need access to relevant knowledge and opportunities, need to trust the system and feel heard. Central and local government, civil society organisations and funders play a critical role in enabling individuals to actively participate in their communities and their localities, in decisions that affect them, their families and their future.

Together with delivery partner the Young European Network at the 3Million, we want to understand the state of London’s democracy and co-produce recommendations to ensure participation is embedded into all streams of medium-term and long-term recovery, particularly those focused on:

  • tackling exacerbated inequalities;
  • building and supporting resilience and a safety net;
  • bringing Londoners together; and
  • supporting the capacity and agency of London’s civil society.

Working with partners from across London, the UK and internationally from civil society, local authorities, statutory bodies and academia, London Voices looks to:

  • fill gaps in research;
  • be led by community voices and lived experiences;
  • map barriers and best practice in civic and democratic participation; and
  • inspire innovation and collaboration.

Findings are due to be launched in late 2021.