Groups encouraged to make their voices heard

A WORKSHOP will be held in Choppington on Tuesday, March 22, to encourage local people and groups to make their voices heard to key decision makers.

The session is being organised by Northumberland County Council and is aimed at individuals and groups who do not have experience with engaging with the decision making process, but may be interested in doing so.

The target groups include residents’ associations, charities, parents groups and people wishing to lobby about a particular issue.

Areas that will be looked at include council meetings the public can attend and speak at; the type of public reports and information that is held by the council; information held by the council that can be informally or formally requested through Freedom of Information requests and other ways to raise issues.

The council’s head of democratic services Paddy Gascoigne 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 local 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 get this message across.

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

The workshop will be held between 10am and 3pm in the Adamson Suite, Choppington Social Welfare Centre, Colliery Road, Scotland Gate, Choppington NE62 5SR.

Anyone who would like to attend or would like further information, is asked to call Mike Bird on (01670) 533 491 or email demserv.ar@northumberland.gov.uk