Our vision, values, membership criteria, activities and governance procedures have been codesigned by over fifty individuals and organisations from all four nations of the UK. The Network is hosted by Involve, the UK’s leading public participation charity.
We have a Steering Group made of apx 14 representatives from our membership. From our first AGM in November 2022, these representatives will be elected by our members.
The Network’s Council of Reference is made up of around 30 individuals representing organisations from across the UK. These are broadly representative of the diversity of the sector, drawn from all four nations of the UK and each issue the sector works on.
The organisations represented on the Network’s Council of Reference are:
Centenary Action Group
Civic Power Fund
Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
Compassion in Politics
Electoral Reform Society Cymru
The Policy Institute, Kings College London
Power To Change
Poverty Truth Network
Shared Future CIC
UK Open Government Civil Society Network
Voice of the Listener and Viewer (VLV)
Women’s Resource & Development Agency
Youth Work Unit Yorkshire & the Humber CIO
Read about how we’re governed here.
We firmly believe that a stronger democracy is best secured when people from across the political spectrum all work hard to to see it improved.
Given this, we actively seek to include people with different opinions, perspectives and backgrounds. This includes having representatives in key governance structures from all four nations of the UK, and all our major political traditions.
Following a call for proposals, Involve was awarded an initial three-year grant of £350,000 from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (JRRT), which included a contribution of £50,000 from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT), to develop, incubate and coordinate the Democracy Network. Further funding will be sought to expand our work and other income generating activities are being explored.