Call to join our advisory panels
We’re looking for nine people to become co-opted members of our three advisory panels - Localism and Community Funding, Rural Communities and Economy, and Town Regeneration and Economy. It’s a great opportunity to get involved with your local council and help influence some of our work and decisions.
The volunteer roles started two years ago and have proved successful at offering people the opportunity to directly influence the work of Wychavon – from influencing decisions on how New Homes Bonus is spent to encouraging more businesses to take on apprentices.
To be considered for one of the panels you will need knowledge and experience of one more of the following: local communities, rural issues, regeneration, the local economy or skills. You will need the ability to think strategically and be able to commit time to participate in panel meetings and activities. A knowledge of, or connection with, the Wychavon district would also be helpful.
What do the advisory panels do?
The panels meet around six times a year and cover a wide range of issues from dealing with funding requests and nominations for assets of community value to challenges facing rural communities, skills and regeneration projects. Their role is to provide advice to the council’s decision-making Executive Board and help guide policy development. A summary of their main areas of responsibility is provided below.
- Localism and Community Funding Advisory Panel: any localism related matters, overseeing our Meet Your Council programme, dealing with funding requests under our community grants, Section 106 and New Homes Bonus schemes, considering nominations for assets of community value and engagement with partners and parish councils.
- Rural Communities and Economy Advisory Panel: matters relating to the rural parts of Wychavon including the rural economy, skills, transport, affordable housing, neighbourhood planning and the Rural Communities Programme.
- Town Regeneration and Economy Advisory Panel: matters relating to the regeneration, economic growth and investment in our three towns, skills and apprenticeships and an overview of our festivals and events programme,.
The Localism Panel meets on a Monday morning, the Rural Panel meets on a Monday evening and the Town Panel usually meets on a Wednesday evening.
What is the role of a co-opted member?
You will work alongside district councillors and officers, offering constructive challenge, support and fresh ideas. Although the role is voluntary, travel expenses and training will be provided.
Who can become a co-opted member?
To apply you need to be 18 or over and be able to attend at least four meetings a year. Successful candidates will be appointed from 1 October 2017 until 31 May 2019.
You cannot be a co-opted member of a panel if you are a Wychavon district councillor or employee. If you are a parish or town councillor or employee, you will need to be able to offer additional experience beyond your local council role.
Click here to apply. The closing date for applications Thursday, 31 August 2017.
For more information contact:
Cherrie Mansfield or Tracy Perkins
Call: 01386 565508 or 01386 565517