Get inspired to get involved!
I thought I should start with a few words about the last 12 months……………but what can I say that hasn’t been said a hundred times already?
So instead I’m thinking about the next 12 months and the direction of travel following a roadmap (note to self “make sure you have the map the right way up”).
Will my life have changed in 12 months’ time? What will I be doing in April 2022?
Recently when I was having a wander around Google I saw that NALC (National Association of Local Councils) had a campaign leading up to the May local elections. Intrigued, I went on to the website to find out more about “Make a Change. Become a Councillor”.
I listened to interviews with people who are councillors but who might not come to mind when thinking about a parish or town council. They all have their reasons for joining their council but the bottom line appears to be the desire to make a difference and to bring new ideas and fresh perspectives. And as one person put it “you don’t have to be retired to make a difference”.
Go and have a listen here you might just be inspired.
Hampshire Association of Local Councils (Hampshire ALC) is also helping local parish and town councils to engage with their communities and has recently updated its leaflet “Get Involved: Get Informed”. This provides a huge amount of information for those people looking to make a difference in their local communities by becoming a Councillor. You can learn about what a Council does, why and how it does it and how you can be a part of it. If you want to know more, do go to the website
Parish and Town Council elections take place at different times in different Districts. However during the term of a parish or town council there may also be a chance to be co-opted if someone retires or stands down.
If becoming a parish councillor doesn’t tick your box there are still many ways to get involved in community life and make that difference. Some people are committee people, some aren’t. I think I fall in the “aren’t” category but looking around where I live I can see other opportunities – volunteers are the bedrock of our community shop, gardeners are bringing on flowers for a new wildflower garden; the fete will certainly need helpers when it can get going again; the Church needs dusting…………. I have been inspired by the generosity, kindness, enthusiasm and energy of so many people over the last 12 months (OK I am going to say something about it now) who have supported neighbours, friends and strangers during these challenging times. This has got me thinking about what I can do to help my community continue to be vibrant, supportive and ready to face whatever crisis lies ahead……..I wonder if that crisis will be climate change?
Anyway, I’ll let you know how I get on…………..