Essential reading: Communities and society

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Communities are what being a councillor is all about. Everyone who makes the decision to stand for election does it out of a desire to make a positive difference to the lives of people in their community and to the places they live and work.

We have picked out a few items from our huge library of local government content that we hope will provide you with inspiration, ideas or just food for thought and make you want to delve deeper into the LGIU’s local government resourcess

This page is part of LGIU’s resources for new councillors.

Newly elected councillor essentials

At this LGIU Training session (online 18 June), you’ll learn tips of the trade from a seasoned councillor and a former head of democratic services. Leave with actions to make a difference for your community while at the same time navigating town hall politics. Book a place (if you’re from a member council you get a 25% discount).

Collection: Libraries, leisure and parks

This curated collection of LGIU resources looks at how councils are delivering and maintaining community spaces and how these places contribute to community health and wellbeing. Explore the collection.

Fighting for diversity and representation in local government: Cllr Hannah Perkin’s Story

Cllr Hannah Perkin was Community Champion at the 2023 LGIU & CCLA Cllr Awards. This interview gets to the heart of what inspired her to become a councillor and what motivates her to keep on trying to achieve the best outcomes for everyone in her community. Read the interview.

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More on this topic

Discover more LGIU resources – from in-depth policy briefings to guest articles to training – on communities and society. Go to the topic page.

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