Our stories, our places celebrates the stories of people in our communities who are working together to make local places even better. Hearing each other’s stories can inspire more of us to act. It can also help us understand what helps people to get involved, so we can do more to support each other. We’d love for you to read these inspiring stories and share your own.

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Picked up one of our postcards?

Please fill in our quick online scorecard to tell us how you feel about getting involved in your community.

Tell us how you feel

What is Shaped by People?

Shaped by People is our shared goal, created by people from local places across Kirklees. It says that everyone should be able to get involved in making their community what they want it to be. Kirklees Council and our partners have made a commitment to achieving this shared goal, by working with and alongside local people. Here’s what we’re aiming to achieve…

Shaped by People: Our shared goal

Youth Councillors in the grounds of Kings James's School in Almondbury holding up a message saying we make our places what they are

Activities for everyone

We’re working with local people to track our progress. All of us – individuals of all ages, families, neighbourhoods, businesses, community groups, local organisations, councillors and Kirklees Council staff – can get involved. Here are some ways that you can help us to learn more about how you and other people feel, and share your experiences and ideas.

Tell us how you feel – a 10 minute task

We want to hear how you feel about getting involved in your community. Please take a few minutes to fill in our quick scorecard and add your comments. By sharing your experience, you’ll be helping us understand what’s helped you to get involved (or what’s got in your way). You can also share your ideas about what you think would help more people to get involved.

Tell us how you feel

Host a quick conversation – a 20 minute task

We can send you our Shaped by People Conversation Pack in the post, so you can quickly ask people in your community group, your team or your neighbourhood to share their views. This includes telling us how Kirklees Council and other organisations can help more people to shape their local place. A group activity could take 20 minutes or less – or you might like to chat to people one-to-one, whenever there’s a good time.

If you’d like to host your conversation online instead, please get in touch – we can help.

Request our Conversation Pack  |  Contact us

Share your story – a 30 minute task

Are you making a difference in your community? We’d love to share your story, to celebrate what you’re doing and to inspire others to get involved. You can take part online by completing our step by step form. Or we’d love to talk with you via phone, on Zoom or in person about what you’ve been doing and how you feel about it.

How to share your story  |  Take part online now

Want to find out more?

You can find some more information about what we’re doing on this website – or please get in touch with us if you’re interested in taking part and want to have a chat about it first. We would love to hear from citizens, local organisations of any kind, councillors and Kirklees Council staff. We also welcome enquiries about what we’re doing from further afield.

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