Building a Civil Society Mayoral Agenda

Birmingham Metropolitan College, City Centre, Matthew Bolton Campus
Saturday 19th November 2016 (10:00-16:00)
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Saidul Haque:

Our mayoral candidates (clockwise): Beverley Nielsen (Liberal Democrats), Sion Simon (Labour), Andy Street (Conservatives) and James Burn (Green Party)

In May 2017, we will be going to the polls to decide who takes office as the first Mayor for our region. S/he will lead decisions on transport, mental health, housing, skills and public sector reform which will significantly affect the lives and prospects of people across our communities.

On Saturday 19th of November, we invite you to join us with leaders from across the region to establish a civil society agenda for the mayoral elections. With workshops, training and decision making we will agree top priorities for the Mayoral Candidates via the approach of community organising.

As directed by Government, our local councils have come together to create a West Midlands Combined Authority, to be headed by an elected Mayor with each Council leader.

With your help we at Citizens UK are keen to establish a set of agenda priorities that reflect the needs of our region’s families and communities. Assembled together in the Spring (Wed 29 March) we will ask the main candidates then to publicly pledge to act on these priorities if they become our Mayor. We hope you can make it.


  • Please visit the evenbrite page to register your place at this event.


10:00 - 10:30
Registration with refreshments

Morning Session

Co-Chairs: Professor Monder Ram & Benita Wishart

Part 1: Introduction & Main Aims

10:30 - 11:15            

  • Rounds – Name? Organisation? Where are you from? Why are you here?
  • Opening Reflection by Ranjit Sondhi (Citizens UK Trustee)
  • Video: What’s Community Organising
  • Joint Testimony: Youth Leaders
  • What’s the Mayoral elections about? Claire Campbell
  • On tables: share your reactions                                                                                         

Part 2: Issues Workshops

11:15 - 12:30

  • Transport: (facilitators: Gavin Cartwright, Becca Kirkpatrick) in Room 103
  • Housing: (facilitators: Mike Seal, Neil Jameson) in Room 114
  • Work: (facilitators: Claire Campbell, Mosese Dakunivosa) in Main Hall
  • To be announced: (facilitators: Benita Wishart, Saidul Haque Saeed) in Main Hall

In groups, please participate in workshops seeking agenda priorities which meet the below organising tests:

  • Do we have actual stories of people affected by this issue from across the region?
  • Do we have institutions who agree this is a top issue for them and will agree to act?
  • Is there a specific demand to the Mayor which is achievable?
  • Will it grow new leaders and build public participation?

12:30 – 13:00 Lunch

Afternoon Session

Co-chairs; Dr Mike Seal & Liz Coleman

Part 3: Group feedback and response

13:00 - 14:15

With a 15-minute time limit, each workshop group to present headlines on priorities identified (5 mins) ending with questions from floor (10 mins). The aim here is to identify on no more than 3 specific priorities or key issues that meet the organising tests.

Part 4: Training on building turn out for Mayoral Assembly

14:15 - 15:30

Delivered by Saeed, Becca & Neil (Citizens UK Organisers)

Video on Mayoral Assemblies in London.

Training on the need to ‘organise’ instead of ‘mobilise’ our communities for the Mayoral Assembly.

Conclusion:  Final reflections & next steps

15:30 - 16:00

Summary of:

  1. key priorities/issues agreed
  2. Turnout plans
  3. and milestone dates.     

16:00 - End

There will be a short evaluation 10 minutes after the end of the Summit – please give us feedback on how it went.