Friday 19th September 2014 – It’s the day after the night before – Scotland’s referendum is complete and no matter which way you voted yesterday the turn out showed that the democratic system available to all of us in Scotland can offer a fantastic opportunity to engage people. Could you ever have imagined – based on recent election turn-outs – that if you were registered to vote and you didn’t, you would be in a very small minority who chose not to take part?
I’m no expert but the scale of that engagement – over 3.5 million votes cast – surely means that people living in Scotland understand that the democratic process works, and that they can use it to show that they care about their communities and their future?
Both campaigns regularly touched on the need for all of us to tackle inequality in our society – personally I think it’s been refreshing to hear the theme of ‘social justice’ being to the fore in a number of the debates and I’m optimistic that that as new debates begin it will retain a position of priority for all.
Hopefully all of us in Scotland can benefit from this upsurge in interest regards what local influence and empowerment truly means – ‘a triumph of democratic participation’ Laurence Demarco notes in today’s SENSCOT bulletin which is available here:
Engage Renfrewshire’s fourth AGM took place on Tuesday 16th September 2014. Hopefully if you were there you found it an enjoyable evening. We had some great presentations – including one from John Wilby on the work of community councils and one from the ‘Star Project’ which showed clearly how the community plan in Renfrewshire is closely linked to the work of the project. I was particularly taken by the very cool ‘Prezi’ presentation prepared by Renfrew YMCA – young people doing some excellent work. Their presentation is available below – be prepared to be impressed! :
We also launched our 2013/14 Annual Report at the AGM. Please take the time to have a look.
All the best