This is a question for attendees of the digitalfutures conference (or anyone else that fancies chipping in too, you’re more than welcome).
A few of the talks today touched on community engagement, community involvement & better communication with local residents/communities.
The Shropshire village I live in has two of its three parish councillors on twitter, one of its two borough councillors on twitter, the local borough council engages through facebook & twitter. The Lightmoor Life Hyperlocal blog has a presence on twitter & Facebook. The parish council sends out a quarterly newsletter to every house in the parish.
Bournville Village Trust (who are one of the partners in the joint venture) employs a resident involvement manager that works in offices located on the village. They also employ an excellent team at the community centre. There’s a regular community newsletter that goes out to residents.
There are a number of community groups that have sprung up and also a recognised Resident Association.
My question is a simple one: how can we increase attendance of the residents association and parish council? There’s a core group of dedicated residents that turn up regularly but there’s a wider group that I’ve never met. I’m guessing a number of them work at the times meetings are held.
It’s a question I’ve been turning over in my mind through the day & would love input from the collective wisdom of attendees.