#ThisIsTheNorth Online - 24/25 Nov 2020

The People’s Powerhouse Convention

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the People’s Powerhouse Convention, we were joined by 100s of people from across the North over two days of jam-packed events.

From conversations about the future of Mutual Aid, to people led manifestos for Mayoral elections, the event really did showcase the very best that the North has to offer.

Due to the Convention being delivered online we had the opportunity to provide three listening events with Mayors, Andy Burnham, Jamie Driscoll and Steve Rotheram. These events provided a fantastic opportunity to connect those people delivering grassroots solutions and services to the Mayor in their area. The conversations were lively and collaborative and is something we hope to be able to do again soon.

The three Mayors joined us again on Wednesday afternoon, alongside Professor Donna Hall CBE (Chair, New Local) and Edna Robinson (Chair, People’s Powerhouse), as we discussed together how we can ensure the North is heard. There was a genuine appetite and commitment from the Mayors and those in the audience to create a united and unify voice and we look forward to enabling this conversation to continue.

Most of the events that took place over the two days have been recorded and will be available to watch soon.

Why People's Powerhouse?

The People’s Powerhouse is a movement which exists to shape the debate around the Northern Powerhouse, to ensure that people and communities are at the heart of the Powerhouse plans, not the periphery!

The movement formed in response to the lack of women participating in a conference in Manchester, drawing attention to the lack of diverse opinions and experiences represented in the Northern Powerhouse plans.

Our aim is to include the thoughts and opinions, as well as knowledge and expertise from all sectors of society, with a particular focus on how people are the key to meaningful development!

That means you!

We’ve already started to change the conversation about what kind of North we want to be, but the more of us who get involved, the more we will achieve!

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Power to Change
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