The Waste No Time (WNoT) 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 in 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 WNoT partnership:: Beyond Skin, Building Communities Resource Centre, Corrymeela, Charo Lanao-Madden, Rural Community Network; Triangle Housing, CAN & Karin Eyben (Project Manager). Principal funder: 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, forum theatre productions and recently the Participatory Budgeting BIG Dish Out programmes.
Participatory budgeting (PB) - which originated in Brazil is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making in which communities decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget.