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Burlescombe & Westleigh Community Champions

Burlescombe Parish Council has launched a Community Champions scheme to make use of skills, knowledge, ideas and energy of people in our community to make our villages an even better place to live. It provide a channel for the council to  hear the views and ideas of people they wouldn’t otherwise hear from.  In turn it can provide support to action ideas.

What do Community Champions do?

  • They are visible in the community and act as an informal  contact point
  • They run open and informal meetings to discuss, prioritise and progress ideas
  • They keep a record of the actions agreed and monitor their progress
  • They work with BPC for support and advice; report to monthly Council meeting and then feed back to community.

How do people submit ideas?

They can speak to one of the Community Champions, come along to a meeting, or submit and idea before hand by email

How do the meetings work?

  • Monthly meetings will be held at different times of day and venues to give more people a chance to attend
  • Community Champions run the meeting, take notes, manage the action plan and liaise with BPC.
  • Meetings are informal but are expected to be positive, courteous and respectful
  • Meetings discuss all ideas and rank them in agreed order of urgency, importance and ease.  They agree which ideas will be taken to BPC.
  • BPC can provide funding, resource, contacts and support if appropriate.
  • People can come along as often or as little as they like.

What will this achieve?

The scheme provides a forum for discussion about how we can improve where we live and a more informal way for the community and the council to work together to achieve positive change.