New collaboration to encourage community engagement

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is to work with the Company of Community Organisers to build local relationships and help councillors engage with communities and residents.

Working on the understanding that local government workers are at the heart of their communities, the two organisations believe that it is integral that councillors are equipped with the right skills to deal with their communities demands and serve them as effectively as possible.

The Company of Community Organisers will be helping NALC to produce guidance around how councillors can use these skills to engage people in local democracy and action.

Nick Gardham, chief executive of the Company of Community Organisers, said: “We are delighted to work with NALC to introduce the principles and practice of community organising. Local councils are the most local level of democracy and can act as a tremendous foundation for action and people powered change. We have seen in areas such as Glastonbury the tremendous impact bringing community organising together with local councillors can have and are delighted to be in partnership with NALC.”