We are keen to encourage people to actively participate in their communities, whether this is through becoming involved in community groups and activities, setting up new groups and activities or through other forms of social action, such as telling us about the issues that are important to you.
Below are examples of a number of community-led initiatives which we have supported, along with information about other ways you can get involved in community action.
Community Managed Libraries
Leicestershire County Council has supported over 30 libraries to be taken over and run by local community groups. You can find out more about our Community Managed Libraries programme on our Community Managed Library Page.
Enabling Social Action
The Enabling Social Action (ESA) programme is a partnership between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Universities of Sheffield and Hull. The programme involves collaborating with local authorities to support them to design and deliver services with local people, service users, and civil society organisations.
As part of the ESA programme, a Regional Champion Network has been established with champions from local authorities in the North, East, South and West.
A regional event for the East region was held in March 2020, jointly hosted by Leicestershire County Council and Voluntary Action Leicestershire.
Youth Voice is the County Council's website for young people. It also facilitates Leicestershire's Youth Parliament.
The Communities Network (operated by the Communities Team at Leicestershire County Council) provides an online forum for residents and communities in Leicestershire to talk to each other about initiatives, projects, and activities, which demonstrate positive social action.
The Network is also a way of sharing opportunities to get involved in local projects, and will also help us to develop inspiring case studies to share with people who have an interest in community action.
You can find out more about the Communities Network by visiting the Communities Network Page.
Community groups and residents are invited to come along to find out more about the groups and activities on offer in a specific area.
You can also find out more about how you can get involved on the Community Roadshows Page.
Co-Production is all about bringing people, ideas, knowledge and experience together to design and deliver care and support services which achieve the best possible results.
You can find out more about Leicestershire County Council's approach to Co-Production by visiting the Engagement, Involvement and Co-Production Page.
Have Your Say
The views and opinions of our residents and communities are very important to us.
You can find out more about current (and previous) Leicestershire County Council consultation exercises by visiting the Have Your Say Page.
Leicestershire Neighbourhood Planning
To find out more about what a Neighbourhood Plan is and how it can help your community plan for the future, you can visit the Neighbourhood Planning Network Page.
You can also contact your local Parish Council to see if there is already a Neighbourhood Planning Group in your area. If your area doesn't currently have a Neighbourhood Plan, not you can help to get one started.
Volunteering in Leicestershire
Leicestershire County Council is committed to helping people to actively participate in their communities.
One of the ways you can do this is by getting involved in volunteering details can be found on our VAL Volunteering Pages.
There are many, and significant benefits to volunteering, including learning new skills and experience, meeting new people and improving your own sense of wellbeing.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can search for opportunities through the Volunteering in Leicestershire website.
You can also find out more about volunteering on Voluntary Action Leicestershire's website.