Call to join our Wychavon advisory panels
We’re looking for nine people to become co-opted members of our three advisory panels. It’s a great opportunity to get involved with your local council and help influence some of our work and decisions.
These volunteer roles have proved successful at offering people the opportunity to directly influence the work of Wychavon - from assessing community funding applications and sponsoring a rural crime event, to investigating rural transport issues and helping develop our Tourism Action Plan.
What do the advisory panels do?
All three panels provide advice to the council’s decision-making Executive Board and help guide policy development. Each Panel meets around six times a year. A summary of their main areas of responsibility and their usual meetings times is provided below:
- Communities and Funding Advisory Panel: provides advice and policy development support on community leadership and engagement, community funding issues and the community rights contained within the Localism Act 2011. Usually meets on a Monday at 2.30 pm.
- Rural Matters Advisory Panel: provides advice and policy development support on rural matters relevant to the district, including rural housing, community transport, rural crime and development of the rural economy. Usually meets on a Wednesday at 4 pm.
- Town centres Advisory Panel: provides advice and policy development support on matters relevant to the district’s three towns, including town centre master planning, revitalisation and investment. Usually meets on a Monday at 10.30 am.
Find out more by reading the terms of reference for all three panels.
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. Training for each panel will take place on the dates listed below.
- Communities and Funding Advisory Panel - Friday, 28 June at 10 am
- Rural Matters Advisory Panel - Monday, 22 July at 9 am
- Town Centres Advisory Panel - Wednesday, 10 July at 11:30 am
Who can apply to be a co-opted member?
To apply you need to be 18 or over, be able to attend at least four meetings a year and be able to contribute to the work of the panel between meetings. Successful candidates will be appointed from late June 2019 until 31 May 2021.
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 an additional experience beyond your local council role.
What knowledge, experience and skills do I need?
To be considered for one of the panels you will need specific knowledge and experience relevant to the panel/s you are interested in as detailed below. In addition, 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.
Communities and Funding Advisory Panel
knowledge and experience of one or more of the following: community leadership and engagement, community funding or community rights
ability to assess community funding applications
knowledge of and interest in the whole of the Wychavon district
Rural Matters Advisory Panel
knowledge and experience of one or more rural matters relevant to the district, such as rural housing, community transport or development of the rural economy
some experience of challenges in rural communities generally and in Wychavon specifically, such as broadband, housing and transport knowledge of and interest in the rural areas across the Wychavon district
Town Centres Advisory Panel
knowledge and experience of one or more matters relevant to the district’s three towns, including town centre master planning, revitalisation, investment and tourism
knowledge of and interest in all three towns in the Wychavon district (Droitwich Spa, Evesham and Pershore)
some experience of the challenges facing one or more of the district’s towns
How to apply
If you are interested in becoming a co-optee on one of our advisory panels please complete our application form. The boxes will expand when you type into them. Save and email your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 pm on 12 June 2019.