Local Democracy Week

Local Democracy Week is an annual European event that takes place from 10 to 16 October.

Local Democracy Week is co-ordinated by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. This year's theme is: “Living together in culturally diverse societies: respect, dialogue, interaction”.

How to get involved

There are lots of different ways to get involved in Local Democracy Week.

Take part in a local democracy week event

Visit our events page to find out what’s going on. 

Have your say

You can have your say by taking part in consultations and petitions.

Register to vote

Make sure you’re registered to vote.

Book a free tour of City Hall

To mark the week, we're opening up the doors of City Hall and inviting citizens and visitors to sign up for a free tour to find out where democracy happens in Bristol. Book your place.

Shadow a councillor  

Find out more about what they do by shadowing a councillor as they carry out their duties.

If you’re 11 to 18 years old

You can stand as a candidate or nominate a friend for the Bristol youth elections.

Connect with your local neighbourhood partnership 

Find yours in our Neighbourhood partnerships pages.

Find out who your local councillor is 

Contact your local councillor using our Councillor Finder.

Attend a council meeting or watch online

Find more information about council meetings or watch a meeting online

Share what local democracy means to you 

Use #LocalDemocracyWeek and #Bristol to share your thoughts.

Schools, colleges and youth groups

If you’re a school, college or youth group, there has never been a better time to engage young people in local democracy and encourage them to be active citizens.

We’ve pulled together a useful list of the resources available to help you get involved during the week.

LDW resources for schools, colleges and youth groups. (pdf, 67k) (opens new window)