WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE A SAY ON COMMUNITY MATTERS?
Following the resignation of Peter Prebble last November, the Parish Council would like to co-opt a new councillor to fill the casual vacancy.
Skills/experience/knowledge/abilities essential for any Parish Councillor:-
- Sound knowledge and understanding of local affairs and the local community
- Solid interest in local matters
- Ability and willingness to represent the Council and their community
- Good interpersonal skills
- Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing
- Ability and willingness to work closely with other members and to maintain good working relationships with staff
- Good reading and analytic skills
- Ability and willingness to work with the council’s partners (eg voluntary groups, other parish councils, principal authority, charities)
- Ability and willingness to undertake relevant training
- Ability to work under pressure
- Ability and willingness to attend meetings of the council (or the meetings of other local authorities and local bodies) in the evening and events in the evening and at weekends
Other desirable, but not essential skills could be:-
- A levels/Degree level and/or specific Vocational training or professional qualification (eg accountant, teacher, surveyor, architect)
- Knowledge of HR, procurement, contract management, financial control or risk management and compliance, public relations
- Experience of working in another public body or not for profit organisation
- Experience of working with voluntary and or local community/ interest groups
- Basic knowledge of legal issues relating to town and parish councils or local authorities Experience of delivering presentations
- Experience of working with the media
- Experience in financial control/budgeting
- Experience of staff management
For more information on becoming and being a Parish Councillor please take a look at the Good Councillors Guide. This guide introduces the work of local councils and the part you play as a councillor in the tier of local government closest to the people. Its also a useful reference. It is divided into five parts to help you find your way as a new, or even as an experienced, councillor.