Help to make your voice heard

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COMMUNITY groups and individuals will be offered expert advice to make their voices heard in a free workshop.

Northumberland County Council is organising the event at Morpeth Town Hall to encourage more people to engage with the authority.

The informal session will be led by an independent facilitator and there will be an emphasis on audience participation.

It aims to help people who do not have experience of taking part in the decision-making process, but may be interested in doing so, and could be particularly useful for residents’ groups, charities, parent organisations or people wishing to lobby on a specific issue.

Topics on the agenda include council meetings, public reports and information, details that are held by the council that can be requested either informally or formally and other ways of raising issues, such as by speaking to county councillors or raising a petition.

Paddy Gascoigne, from the council’s democratic services department, said: “Officers and councillors often find local knowledge and feedback particularly helpful to them when making decisions and it can highlight any problems or issues that will help us to shape and improve services.

“We want to make sure that anyone who wants to get involved in local decision-making knows how to make their voice heard and the workshops will help to get the message across.

“They will be friendly and informal and we hope people of all ages will come along and join in.”

The workshop will take place on Thursday, July 28, at 6pm.

To register for the event email or call 0845 600 6400.