By Courtney

Declan Walsh

What will you be doing at Union St?

I’ll be working for the Green Party in Sheffield; supporting, recruiting and liaising with volunteers. I deliver the strategy for volunteer and member engagement and Work with the elected Officers in developing strategy for the party. As the only member of staff in Sheffield I also take on additional roles in order to support and help the party develop. I’m particularly interested in how political parties can evolve to meet and canvass people where they are now. So online engagement and using digital tools to keep members and supporters engaged, informed and included is important to me.


How did you get into this area of work?

My background is in Clinical Psychology but I’ve become more and more interested in how people come together to change society and work for the common good rather than for individualistic reasons. My values have always been in supporting communities, connections and collaborations. Union St. also exemplifies these values so is a great match.


What do you enjoy most about your work?

My job is very focused on engaging with people. Making connections with new members and supporters or discussing why someone would join a party in the 21st century. I’m always learning from others and making new connections so it can be thrilling.


What type of individuals / organisations are you looking to work with in the future?

As long as someone is interested in the shared goals of making better, stronger, more communities that serve people and support society then I’m interested. As greens we want to reach out and support that natural human desire for cooperation, community and social connection and make sure that the political structures recognise and support it. Individually I’m keen on working with people who are using technology or digital tools innovatively and in a way that is prosocial. I keep time aside for volunteering and for new projects (I work for the greens part time) I’m always open to new ideas and collaborations. Obviously I’m also very keen on human science and behaviour and in particular the science of communities and cooperation.


What are you looking to get out of Union St?

I’d like to work with as many other people and organisations as I can either in my role with the greens or as an individual. I’m not there just to meet other greens but to work with everyone with whom I share values and hopes. I want to contribute. I believe in cooperatives and in Union St. and I want work toward taking it more successful. I’m excited by the current plans and the way in which members can get involved and I want to be a part of that.


For more information about Declan and the Green Party, visit and follow @declanw @sheffieldgreens