Civic Update

29 September 2017

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Civic Voice, The Coffin Works, 13-15 Fleet Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B3 1JP.
Tel.: 0121 792 8177
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This week's civic update is simple. We want you to act.

We want you to tell the APPG for Civic Societies how your local area is being impacted by conservation cuts and we want you to attend the Civic Voice Annual Convention to hear numerous examples of how civic societies are filling the hole left by conservation cuts. Read below and help us in our campaign to say "My Conservation Area Matters".

P.S. If you are in London or the South East next week, you can hear our Executive Director, Ian Harvey speak at two different events as we step up our Big Conservation Conversation.

Tell the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies how conservation cuts are impacting you area

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Tell the APPG for Civic Societies how conservation cuts are impacting your local area

When we work together, we strengthen the civic movement. We can make a difference. We do this by being part of a national civic movement team and talking to civic societies, meeting with them and hearing what is happening up and down across the country. We are build the civic movement from the bottom up to ensure we can make a collective difference.

Civic Voice wants to work with civic societies all over England and to support them to come together to focus on the key issues facing conservation areas. By working with the APPG for Civic Societies (Civic Voice is the secretariat and our members have priority invite to meetings), we can make change happen BUT we need you to tell us how you are being impacted with the cuts to conservation departments. This information will then be directly shared with the APPG for Civic Societies, Ministers and other MPs.

The survey can be filled in here. Please share this with your own local contacts. We will be sharing the results of this survey at a future APPG for Civic Societies meeting in Parliament.

Ian Harvey, Executive Director of Civic Voice said "We have a choice to make. We either realise that the historic environment and conservation areas add value to the character and identity of the country and resource it accordingly or future generations will ask “why did we let this happen” as we see more examples of our historic environment disappearing in front of us. I have every confidence that the civic movement is ready to hear that call".

Attend our convention to learn how YOU can make the difference in your community

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Should it be left to civic societies and other community groups to fight and make the case for the nation's historic environment? Civic societies already are and the Civic Voice Annual Convention will show how you can too. You can see the dedicated workshops for the annual convention here.

The Deal Society, Ilkley Civic Society, Sevenoaks Society, Wakefield Society, Sheffield Civic Trust..... just a few of the civic societies confirmed to speak at the Annual Convention and are ready to share their experiences about how they are making change happen.

The weekend will bring together a range of speakers who represent different background and professions from national policy makers to community groups whose have helped inspire change in their local Conservation Area. The workshops, walks, talks and speakers will highlight specific lessons and consider and showcase innovative responses that are showing a common theme: local engagement; local civic action.

This is a great opportunity to discover practical ways communities can work to improve and manage their conservation areas.

Be part of the solution and help shape the future of conservation areas. Register to attend the Civic Voice Annual Convention here.

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Civic Voice is calling for volunteers from around England to attend a meeting or workshop with us to discuss how best to find and survey every war memorial.

Workshops will be announced throughout the year in different locations, so keep a look out for a workshop in your area! You can see them here.

If you can't attend a workshop why not get involved through our War Memorials Condition Survey Toolkit. This is an easy step by step guide which trains volunteers how to carry out condition surveys on war memorials. You can see this here!

For more information or to get involved email

Does your civic society want a visit from the chair of Civic Voice or perhaps you would like another trustee or member of the Civic Voice team to come and speak to your society? We have a number of people willing to come and talk to your society about all things civic.

Many of the Civic Voice team have been travelling the country delivering the talk which is titled 'The Future of the Civic Movement.' If you would like one of our trustees or team members to come and speak to your society please email with your request.