Are you passionate about your local area? Then put yourself forward to be elected to sit on the parish or town council as a councillor. There are 10,000 local councils in England, with 100,000 councillors. They are the heroes of their communities and give residents a voice on the decisions a council makes. They can improve the lives of fellow residents and make a real difference to their community. To help inspire you a short film by a Northwich Town councillor can be seen here and a brief fact sheet can be downloaded here.
There are a number of ways in which you can become a councillor. These are:
To qualify to become a member you must be:
It is therefore possible to sit on more than one council.
You may find this publication useful — It Takes All Sorts
For information about specific vacancies contact your local council clerk — each parish and town council has its own website which will hold contact information for the one you are looking for.