What is a Community Council?
A Community Council is a voluntary organisation set up by statute by the Local Authority and run by local residents to act on behalf of its area. As the most local tier of elected representation, Community Councils play an important role in local democracy.
Community Councils are comprised of people who care about their community and want to make it a better place to live.
As well as representing the community to the local authority, Community Councils facilitate a wide range of activities which promote the well-being of their communities. They bring local people together to help make things happen, and many Community Councils protect and promote the identity of their community. They advise, petition, influence and advocate numerous causes and cases of concern on behalf of local communities. Here are some examples of the work from Tullibody, Cambus & Glenochil Community Council:
- Carry out projects to enhance their community for all types of citizens – elderly, single mothers, minority groups, youths etc.
- Conduct local surveys
- Campaign on local issues
- Organise community events (such as local galas)
- Issue community newsletters
Being a part of your Community Council is the strongest means of becoming involved with your local area. It will give you a good understand of the workings of local government and what is going on locally and nationally. We encourage all residents to become a valuable member of our Community Council.
Every member is a valuable member of society with something to contribute. TCG Community Council attempts to engage with a wide range of people to create a large diversity of perspectives and insights which can help the Community Council to achieve more. We aim to engage community members in making decisions in order to become more pro-active about our community’s needs.
Community engagement is about building open and honest relationships with residents, based on mutual trust. It can range from providing information about current work or projects, to consulting on particular issues, to full empowerment whereby our whole community has decision-making powers. Some of the engagement needs to be ongoing and some of it might be short-term or one-off events.
Engaging with a wide range of citizens will make TCG Community Council a better representative of the community. We work closely with Clackmannanshire council and ae also try to engage with children, even though they are not eligible to become an official member of the Community Council.
As representative voices for Tullibody, Cambus and Glenochil, it is important that the Community Council do not just share information, but also gather the views of local residents.
To make sure that TCG Community Council engages with as many as possible, we using many different approaches. In some cases it can be useful to meet face to face at meetings and events, other times information posters and flyers in public places and social media to reach an even larger or maybe a new audience.
You don’t have to take on a specific role to be involved in your community council. All members play an important part by thinking creatively about what we can do together to improve the lives of local citizens. If you do decide take on a role, then you don’t need to feel restricted to only doing this – the main role of the committee is to support each other and work together to make things happen.
What are the roles in a Community Council?
Each community council must have a Chairperson, a Treasurer and a Secretary – the office bearers – and these roles carry the most responsibility. The office bearers, as elected members representing their local communities are responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the community council.
This doesn’t mean to say that the office bearers must do all the work, but they are responsible for making sure that everything is done according to the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils.
All members of the community council are equally responsible for the community council’s decisions and actions and may take on additional activities in support of the community council.
We are very interested in finding people to fill the following rolls:
- Publicity Officer
- Fundraising Officer
- Assets Management Officer
- Communications Officer
- Events Officer
If you have any key skills which would support the work of the community council or if you would just like to attend one of the Community Councils Monthly meetings please join us on the last Wednesday of each month in Tullibody Civic Centre, 7pm. All welcome!
To find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook Page
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