On behalf of Sue Marston, Skills Service Delivery Manager Telford & Wrekin Borough Council
The Skills Delivery Team [T&WC] have organised a series of ‘EqualiTeas’ events as part of the UK wide celebration marking 90 years since the Representation of the People Act 1928. As 2018 also coincides with 100 years since some women gained the vote, this will also be a part of our events.
There will be five events in local communities and one larger event taking place at the Wakes:
- Brookside Central (Wednesday 20 June) 9:30am – 11:30am
- Dawley Town Hall (Friday 22 June) 9:30am – 11:30am
- Arleston Community Centre (Monday 25 June) 9:30am – 11:30am
- Park Lane Centre (Wednesday 27 June) 9:30am – 11:30am
- Donnington Community Hub (Wednesday 27 June) 12:30pm – 2:30pm
- The Wakes, Oakengates (Saturday 30 June) 10am – 2pm
The five smaller-scale events will involve art and craft activities (relevant to EqualiTeas), health and wellbeing, information on voter registration, information on Local Policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams and a vintage tea party. We will also have the use of a ballot box from the Elections Office and visitors will be encouraged to take part in a ‘mock ballot’ (not relating to mainstream politics). From a Skills Delivery perspective, we will be promoting Learn Telford courses and all Job Box services.
The larger event at The Wakes will consist of a range of activities including arts and craft (relevant to EqualiTeas and Vote 100), information on courses/learning around voting and the UK Parliament, information on ‘Your Vote Matters’ and voter registration, a display on the Youth Parliament staffed by local representatives, free tea and refreshments, the library service, information on Local Policing and Safer Neighbourhood Teams, food and displays from different faith communities & community groups as well as activities relating to health and wellbeing. The My Options Roving Reporters will also be attending to interview people who attend and we are hoping to encourage as many visitors as possible to take an ‘#IVote’ selfie and upload it to social media. There will be a free entrance draw and Blists Hill Museum have kindly donated free family tickets as a contribution to this.
The event will be well-publicised and we are hoping to reach as many people as possible, especially those who may not ordinarily be engaged in voting.
Further details on EqualiTeas is available on the UK Parliament website and also on the designated website www.equaliteas.org.uk
Community Learning and Employment Co-ordinator
Adult & Community Learning
Development, Business and Employment
Skills Delivery Area
Telford & Wrekin Council
Telford, TF3 1NE
Telephone: +44 (0)1952 382 181