Your Community Needs You!
By Councillor SARAH ATHERTON
Have you ever thought of volunteering? Your Community or Town Council welcomes anyone who is prepared to put in the work and time for their neighbourhood.
Like most people, I am faced with the task of juggling work, home and a family. In what free time I do have, I enjoy supporting the community I care deeply for. I found that volunteering offers an invaluable opportunity to give something back and make a difference to the people around me. It also gives me the chance to develop new skills, meet new people, whilst providing an enormous sense of fulfilment knowing I am doing good and making meaningful changes in my community.
Becoming a Community Councillor was a natural step for me, after working in the health and social care sector for 27 years.
What is a Community or Town Council?
A Community Council is a voluntary organisation, that plays a vital role in local democracy, run by volunteers who are elected to represent their local community, making it a better place to live.
Since being elected as a Community Councillor, I've been afforded the opportunity to promote real change. As a Councillor I've advised, petitioned, influenced and project managed numerous causes and concerns on behalf of the local residents and businesses.
I have advocated on behalf of individuals and groups over issues like housing, traffic management and flooding, overseen the installation of CCTV, Defibrillator and all-ability play equipment. Furthermore, I was proud to have helped organise various community events, including Christmas and Community celebrations, and Remembrance Day services.
There is nothing better than bringing people together, working as a team, in order to make things happen. I have found these opportunities truly rewarding and would encourage everyone to get involved and contribute.
Looking out for each other, looking after the environment where we live, supporting our local business economy and engaging with local groups and clubs, are all ways we can make our communities a better place. We all have something to offer and our own community is a good place to start.
So even if you only have a few hours a week to spare, your community needs you.