An ambitious campaign to inspire greater participation in community councils across North Ayrshire is to get under way.
North Ayrshire Council wants to increase local support for these important grassroots organisations and is urging local people with a passion for their community to step forward and get involved.
There are a number of successful and active community councils currently operating in North Ayrshire, and there are some areas where that community voice is missing.
Now, following approval of the Council’s Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils, it is hoped the campaign will revitalise the community council structure across North Ayrshire and attract new members.
Councillor Marie Burns, Cabinet member for Economy & Communities, encouraged as many people as possible to put themselves forward. She said: “By getting involved in your community council, you will have the opportunity to make a difference to your local community.
“You will have a voice on issues of importance and play a vital role in influencing decisions and supporting causes on behalf of local communities.
“The fact that membership of community councils has now opened up to those aged as young as 16 means that all age groups can be represented and that is fantastic for local democracy.
“As part of the changes, I hope that social media can become part of the fabric of community councils in future to allow us to reach out to as many people as possible.
“I would urge anyone who is passionate about their community and wants to have a positive impact on it to get in touch and find out how they can get involved.”
Community Councils are voluntary organisations set up by Local Authorities and run by local residents to act on behalf of their area. Community Council representatives can often provide a comprehensive view of local issues by drawing on the experience of all the Community Councillors who meet and talk with residents in their area. Their voice is embedded in the governance structures of the new Locality Partnerships.
For those interested in getting involved with their local community council, special information sessions are being held across North Ayrshire:
- DA Hall, Millport, Cumbrae, at 2pm on Tuesday, August 16.
- Cranberry Moss Main Hall, Kilwinning, at 7pm on Tuesday, August 16.
- Community Room, Largs Library, at 2.30pm on Thursday, August 18.
- Saltcoats Town Hall at 2pm-4pm on Sunday, August 21
- Bridgend Community Centre, Kilbirnie, at 1pm-3pm on Monday, August 22
- The Volunteer Rooms, Irvine, at 7pm on Tuesday, August 23.
- Focus Learning Centre, Primrose Place, Saltcoats, at 7pm-9pm on Wednesday, August 24.
The ‘What You Need to Know’ information sessions will provide key information for those interested in playing a positive role in their communities as well as illustrating the support which will be available.
Following on from this, ‘What’s Your Role’ sessions for potential community councillors will be held in September which will focus on the role and duties of the post.
Then, elections will be held in November – and, hopefully, a number of new community councils will be formed in areas where none currently exist.
Councillor Burns added: “This is a real opportunity for people to have a meaningful voice for their local communities.
“Many people may think that they don’t have the skills or knowledge to be a community councillor – but all they really need is a will to work for the benefit of their local community. We will support them in any way we can.”
If you are interested in helping to make a positive difference in your community and wish to find out more about the upcoming information sessions, please email: