On a rainy Sunday afternoon in March the people of Wren’s Nest came together to have an afternoon in the local community centre. There was music, food, lively discussion and importantly: voter registration.
The #NoVoteNoVoice bus tour came to the community centre for day 8 of its national tour and people were excited to come to see it and learn about how they could make their voice heard in the coming general election. Given the millions of people who have dropped off of the electoral register in Britain voter registration has become an increasingly important and potent issue.
In Dudley we were joined by leaders from a disabled charity who wanted to help give their users a voice. There were also church leaders in attendance; in fact even the Rt Revd Graham Usher Bishop of Dudley dropped by for the festivities. The Spirit of Djembe drumming group provided a lively accompaniment to the day which drew in passers-by, who wanted to know why we had gathered in the hall. Meanwhile local children shared their vision for hope in Wren’s Nest on our HOPE wall. It was a testament to the power of community. Those who registered to vote and pledged to go out and vote in two months’ time are securing a more empowered future for their area.
For more information on how you can register to vote check out ourvoiceourhope.co.uk