“If you’re not at the table, you might end up on the menu”

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The Waste No Time Project began a few years ago at a discussion around the changes in our local Councils with a comment that most people are not greatly concerned about the changes. In fact, the one thing that people do care about, wherever they live and whoever they are, is that their bins get lifted. At that moment the idea for a people’s conversation project tin the Causeway Coast & Glens Council was born - with the principle that we need to start with what matters to people and exploring why we sometimes 'bin our voices'.

The project is a partnership project:: Beyond Skin, Building Communities Resource Centre, Corrymeela, Charo Lanao-Madden, Rural Community Network . Funded by Building Change Trust.

Since January 2016 across 20 towns and villages in the Causeway Coast & Glens area the WNoT team have hosted pop-up democracy café’s, street theatre, residentials, exhibitions, workshops, presentations and creating a forum theatre production.

The next stage of the project "Second Course" (2017/18) has begun. The programme of activities will use  Participatory budgeting (PB) - A process of democratic deliberation and decision-making in which communities decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget.

The quote “If you’re not at the table, you might end up on the menu” was from a participant of the WNoT project regarding democracy and engaging with local council & decision makers.

For more information: Contact  lisamooney@corrymeela.org    www.facebook.com/wastenotimeproject