Community-minded people interested in becoming local councillors in the City of Wolverhampton can learn what the role involves at information sessions organised by the council.
The sessions take place thisThursday (July 12) at 5.30pm and on Wednesday July 18 at 10am. They are free to attend, but places are limited and advance booking is essential.
Refreshments will be provided and participants will be able to hear from serving councillors and ask questions.
The council is participating in the Local Government Association’s ‘Be a Councillor’ campaign which aims to encourage people who care about their neighbourhoods to consider standing for election.
Existing Wolverhampton councillors from both the controlling Labour group and opposition Conservative group have lent their support to the campaign by recording video messages which are available to watch online.
There are 60 councillors in the City of Wolverhampton – three for each of the 20 wards. Each councillor serves for a four-year term before facing the electorate again.
The Be a Councillor Campaign has cross-party support and anyone interested in finding out more about standing for election does not need to be affiliated to any political party.
Councillor Roger Lawrence, leader of City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “Regardless of political affiliation, as elected councillors we all share an interest in helping people, solving problems and improving our neighbourhoods.
“There are lots of people out there who are equally passionate about making a difference and may often have thought about becoming a councillor. Anyone who wants to find out more should book onto one of these sessions and we will answer any questions you have.”
Councillor Wendy Thompson, leader of the Conservative opposition, said: “We all want to see the best people coming forward to become the next generation of councillors in the City of Wolverhampton and I’m pleased to support the Become a Councillor campaign. I hope as many people as possible look at the website or come along to the information sessions.”