We create digital tools, community projects and campaigns

Collaboration is our mantra and using our passion for improving community services we take a codesigned approach to redesigning how civic systems interact with its citizens and organisations that operate in it’s demographic.

New Union is a not for profit organisation that mixes civic activism, digital design, and community development to develop innovative citizen-led projects for Local Government and the third sector. Our aim is to empower people while helping organisations deliver a better service to the communities they support.

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Data takeout

Launched in August 2017 we have so far signed up 49 residents to join the Digital Champion volunteer program, engaged 37 local third sector organisations via workshops and steering groups, ran 4 roadshow events in Sandwell town centres, released 3 open data sets and we are about to release a funding call to support digital innovation in the region.

You can visit the project here: www.isandwell.org.uk




Data takeout

On May 4th the West Midlands went to the polls to elect Conservative candidate Andy Street as the regions first metro mayor. During the campaign, Civify youth activists interviewed candidates and released a video every week until election day. Our project gained coverage in The Huffington Post, Express & Star and a featured show on Black Country Radio. The #WMelects17 hashtag was picked up by ITV News Central, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Express & Star and a range of people sharing reflections on the election, this helped us to make over 4 million impressions and a reach of just under 2.5 million.

We also covered the General Election giving a cohort of young people to interview over prospective parliamentary candidates across the West Midlands and Staffordshire. We asked them questions that considered youth representation, unemployment and regional development. These were presented in a series of YouTube videos which you can see below. The reason these are documented and put in the public domain is so you can monitor the MPs performance. We also had a designated spot on Black Country Radio's current affairs program 'This Week' where Connor interviewed candidates running for election in Stourbridge, Dudley South, Dudley North and Halesowen & Rowley Regis.

You can visit the project here: www.civify.org







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We see ourselves as the 'nutty professors' of civic systems design and we love coming up with amazing innovative measures.

Become a change maker with New Union

Are you looking to gain experience within the third sector or are you a campaigner looking to me make change? If yes to either, we want to hear from you and help you on your journey. Our volunteers work remotely but we can house you in our Birmingham office if you wish - you'll work on our fantastic altruistic such as Data Brew and Civify, but if there is something specific you'd like to learn I'm sure we can arrange something for you.

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