Centre for Local Policy Studies Open Forum

29th Jun 2011 - 4:00pm

Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa

‘Big Society and Community Activism’

The Centre for Local Policy Studies are holding an Open Forum on Thursday 29th June 2011 at Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa.

Forming part of a 2-day Summer School, the Open Forum is aimed at bringing together practitioners, academics, community activists, and policy makers, for a much more in depth analysis and debate.

Focusing on the impact of recent government policies and the changing relations between the state and civil society, participants will explore the role and place of community activism in engagement & partnership roles within the context of the Big Society.

Participants on the panel will include:

  • Julian Dobson, Co-founder New Start publications;
  • Mohammed Dhalech, Partnership Associate, Centre for Local Policy Studies;
  • North West Community Activists Network;
  • North West Regional Youth Work Unit, Young Peoples Council and National Citizens Services.

The Open Forum is free to community, voluntary and third sector organisations, trade union representatives and students. Early booking is advised.

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  • Free to representatives from the voluntary and community sector, trade unions and students;
  • £20 for others.

Book Your Place

To book your place, please contact the Centre for Local Policy Studies on 01695 584765 or email clpsorg@edgehill.ac.uk.

For further information, please email Nasreen Kaleem at kaleemn@edgehill.ac.uk.


The Open Forum takes place at Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa, Blackburn. Rated 4*, the hotel offers contemporary accommodation in relaxing surroundings with accessible facilities.

The Dunkenhalgh is a short distance from Junction 7 of the M65 and easily accessible by public transport via Blackburn or Accrington Railway Stations.