**Gemma and All**
Thanks for this.
As I was saying to Ralph in a separate thread – there are 80,000 parish councillor volunteers in England. They all care about their communities and almost all live in their parish council area.
NALC (the National Association of Local Councils) encourages as many people living in parished areas to stand for election to parish councils. To find out how to do this and when elections in your area take place, speak to the clerk of your parish council or contact your County Association of Local Copuncils at http://www.nalc.gov.uk/about-county-associations .