Calderdale residents are being asked to take part in surveys to help shape Council services.
Calderdale Council is recruiting members for its Talkback panel, a group of 1,500 people who are regularly consulted on a wide range of Council issues.
Panel members will be asked to complete a number of short electronic surveys per year. The questionnaires will cover a range of different service or quality of life issues. There’s also the opportunity to attend group discussions, workshops and other local consultation events.
A Talkback survey is used to obtain a broad overview of opinion on the topic in question. To make sure we have a panel that is representative of Calderdale, we are keen to recruit members from all areas of the borough and all different ages. Although any Calderdale resident is welcome to apply to be a panel member, we are particularly keen to recruit people aged 18-24, and those from Park and Town wards, Ovenden, Illingworth and Mixenden, who are currently under represented on the panel.
The results of these surveys will be used to shape the future of Council services. Panel members are informed of the results, and the actions taken, in newsletters sent out with the subsequent survey.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Steve Sweeney, said:
“This is a great opportunity to let us know what we’re doing well, and also what can be improved upon.
“With cuts to council budgets over the next few years, it’s more important than ever that we have a panel that’s representative of Calderdale, so we can make sure that we can provide the best service possible.
“By taking part in Talkback, not only will you influence Council services, but you’ll also see evidence of how we take your feedback on board and how services have changed as a result of your important input.”
To register your interest in being part of the Talkback Citizens’ Panel, visit www.calderdale.gov.uk and search for Talkback.