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  • #10849
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    Gemma
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    Hi Everyone,

    Welcome to Thursdays live discussions.

    Today we’re live at 10.30am with Chris Borg from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) talking to new Parish Councillors and then at 12pm talking to Community Champions about the role and how to get involved.

    Hope you can join us, but as always, if you’re not able to you can still post a question or let us know what you’re up to in this thread – we’d love to hear from you!

    Gemma

    #10850
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    Ralph
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    Ralph here from Submit 2 Success, got a little caught up yesterday so will be contributing from 12pm, look forward to hearing from Chris.
    Just a quick intro Submit 2 Success is a young peoples healthy lifestyles and fitness training project which uses martial arts (mainly grappling and boxing) as its delivery method, we aim to engage young people in one of the UK’s most deprived wards access fitness activities and stay away from negative behaviors.

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    #10851
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    Gemma
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    Hi Ralph,

    That’s great, look forward to chatting to you later on.

    Gemma

    #10856
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    Chris
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    **Ralph and All**

    Hi Everyone.

    NALC is the National Association of Local Councils and we represent 9,500 parish councils in England.

    Many parish councils had elections on 7/5 (the same date as the General Election). Parish councillors are almost all volunteers and again almost all live and work in their parished areas.

    NALC and its County Associations are always encouraging new candidates to stand for election to parish councils as this is healthy for a vibrant democracy.

    See the NALC All About Local Councils publication at http://www.nalc.gov.uk/publications for more information.

    Thanks for now,

    Chris

    #10857
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    Amber
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    Hi everyone.
    I am the new project officer for Our Place – which aims to support people to shape local services. We have connections to local Parishes and I’m pleased to learn more about how they work. Does every area have a Parish in principle whether active or not? Do you have any specific examples of what local people have achieved by becoming local parish councillors?
    Thank you.
    Amber

    #10858
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    Chris
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    **Gemma and All**

    Hi Gemma.

    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 .

    Thanks,

    Chris (NALC)

    #10859
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    Chris
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    **Amber Et Al**

    Hi Amber.

    Not every area of England has a parish council. NALC is working with DCLG and its County Associations to encourage the creation of more parish councils (see http://www.nalc.gov.uk/our-work/create-a-council ).

    Parish councils have statutory powers and duties. They must carry out their duties (such as the provision of allotments where necessary); but their can use discretionary powers to deliver services needed by their residents (such as running community hubs / managing village halls). Many parish councils also run Youth Councils and Youth Cafes (such as Sevenoaks Town Council in Kent).

    Thanks,

    Chris

    #10860
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    Amber
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    Thanks Chris

    #10861
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    Gemma
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    Thank you for your advice Chris. If anyone has any questions still, please post them in the forum and we’ll get back to you shortly.

    At 12pm we’re starting a new chat here about Community Champions.

    Welcome to Sara and Clair who should be here to chat to us shortly!

    #10862
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    clair
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    Hi Everyone,
    Sarah Howard and I are happy to answer any questions. Sarah is Chair of the ONE Haverhill Board and I’m a locality officer working for Suffolk County Council. We are one of the first Our Place pioneer areas and are both champions for LOCALITY.

    #10863
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    Gemma
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    Hi Sara and Clair,

    Thanks very much for joining us for a chat.

    Could you start us off by telling everyone what a Community Champion is, and how you both got involved?

    #10864
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    clair
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    We have been champions for over a year now – recruited by Locality who are managing the our place programme. We support other our place areas in taking forward their proposals and offering advice based on our own exeriences in Haverhill

    #10866
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    Gemma
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    So, the role is very much focused around supporting other projects and volunteers?

    What are the main challenges that you face in carrying out that support?

    #10867
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    clair
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    Sarah: I got involved through my role as Chair of the Chamber of COmmerce. We set up a board of all the interested parties in Haverhill that “do stuff” and I sat on it as a representative of the business community

    #10868
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    clair
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    Yes, its all about helping other projects or people looking to start a project.

    Difficulties: not really but it is amazing the diversity of the projects we have seen so every time its a new approach and a new way of thinking about it.

    Its very rewarding to share our experience for someone else’s benefit and learning – makes the work we’ve done really useful to others and another benefit.

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