Participation in Pori
Participation means that citizens feel that they want to and can influence on common matters. In participation, the expertise of the citizens and communities is raised alongside the expertise of the personnel.
We want to develop Pori together with the citizens, which means that the citizens get information about the city’s matters and can influence them. The most important tool for participation work is the seven-step participation model, which is created together with the citizens.
Steps to participation are:
- Respond to the relevant needs of the citizens and to phenomena that are current for them
- Target participation to real users
- Clarify the goals of participation and communicate them openly
- Choose the right participation method
- Document, but avoid unnecessary bureaucracy
- Try boldly and don’t be afraid of failure
- Experiment, learn and share experiences
The participation and interaction model describes how participation is promoted in Pori and what we want to reach with participation. For the employees and decision-makers the model is a guideline and tool. For the citizens the model is a way to get information on possibilities for participation and to evaluate how the goals are achieved.
Participation requires input not only from the city but also from the citizens. Every citizen is an expert in their city, which is why we want to hear your opinion or idea. The possibilities for participation are listed below.
Possibilities for participation
Every Finnish citizen who has reached the age of 18 years has the right to vote in parliamentary and elections and presidential elections.
Finnish citizens and citizens of other EU member states permanently resident in Finland who have reached the age of 18 years have the right to vote in elections to the European Parliament conducted in Finland.
Finnish citizens and foreign nationals permanently resident in Finland who have reached the age of 18 years have the right to vote in municipal elections and county elections.
You can find more information here.
With love for the citizens of Pori -welfare grant is participatory budgeting. The idea of the welfare grant is that the citizens get to think about and decide on the use of financial resources to promote well-being. In Pori, the applicants also accomplish the projects themselves. The themes of the welfare grant changes every year and the themes are based on the current well-being challenges.