Queen’s Park Community Council was born out of the efforts of local residents coming together to create positive change in the area, and it is through the efforts and enthusiasm of community councillors and other resident volunteers that the council is now able to make this happen.
Whether you want campaign for something that you believe in or want to donate a few hours of your time to helping others, there are lots of ways that you can contribute and make a difference here in Queen’s Park – all whilst meeting new people and learning new skills along the way. The community officer will work with you to make sure that you get what you want out of your experience of working with the council.
JOIN A WORKING GROUP
Many of our activities, events and projects are organised by working groups. Made up of councillors and other resident volunteers, this is where local people get together to tackle issues that concern them.
This is a great way to get involved in working with neighbours in ways that make a real difference to our local community.
The current working groups are listed below. Go to the about the Community Council page to find out more about what each one does.
- Air quality
- Children and young people
- Environment and open spaces
- Events and socials
- Forward planning
- Grants panel
- Public and community arts
- Queen’s Park Voice
Each of the groups works in slightly different ways, but all hold a number of meetings through the year. The working groups make recommendations to the Community Council, which decides which proposals to take forwards.
There is no limit to the amount of working groups the council can have, within reason, so if you have an idea for a new group and a passion to make it happen let us know.
We have volunteering opportunities for local residents ranging from a few hours a year to a few hours a week. The community officer is currently working on a volunteer programme and roles will be announced soon – so watch this space.
HEAR FROM OUR VOLUNTEERS
People volunteer with QPCC for many different reasons. They may choose to volunteer to develop skills or gain experience, to socialise or to give something back to society. They may also volunteer because they feel a moral duty or have compelling reasons to take part in voluntary action, or support a particular cause. Hear directly from our wonderful volunteers.
START A PROJECT
It might be that you have a great idea for a project that you think would benefit the residents of Queen’s Park, such as a fun-run, ESOL classes or an after-school homework club.
If so, let us know. It may be something that the council can support you setting up directly. If not, the community officer may be able to offer you some advice about sources of help and grant funding, including from the community council’s own community grants programme and pop-up fund.
BECOME A COMMUNITY COUNCILLOR
Councillors are local residents who carry out a democratic role to represent other members of their community. They are not paid for this work, although they are entitled to a small allowance. Being a community councillor is an outstanding opportunity to represent and advocate on behalf of your community. As a community councillor you will:
- Contribute to the vibrancy of Queen’s Park and make it a better place to live and work, helping other residents do something about issues that affect them.
- Provide Queen’s Park with the financial and social investment it needs to thrive in a climate of ongoing cuts to public spending, as well as safeguarding our hugely popular community celebrations.
- Have a voice and a vote on what the Community Council does. In 2014-18, QPCC spent over £620,000 in our neighbourhood, a budget which is completely immune to public spending cuts dictated by central government.
The Community Council is made up of people just like you. No prior experience is needed, just passion, enthusiasm and commitment. You will need to be prepared to give up a little of your time each week and will be expected to attend council meetings and some initial training. Meetings take place in the evenings and are usually held monthly. You will also have the chance to represent the interests of local people and influence decisions through the council’s various working groups.
Elections for councillors take place every four years: the next election will be in 2022. In the meantime, if a councillor chooses to step down or for some reason becomes disqualified, the council can co-opt another councillor in order to make up the number.
If you are interested in becoming a community councillor, get in touch with us for a chat about the process of becoming a councillor. Make sure to also subscribe to our e-newsletter and read the Queen’s Park Voice to which will provide information in the run up to the next elections, as well as if a vacancy does arise in the meantime.
“I love QPCC. It has given me the opportunity to be active politically without being a member of a political party, and to help make improvements to my local community, which I love”
“It’s easy to sit at home and complain about things you want to see change in your community. Being a Councillor has given me the opportunity to be productive and do something about it, as well as helping others. Who knows our community better than us, the people that live in it?”