We are excited to share the first issue of our newsletter, featuring information of interest to Community Councils across Scotland. Working together, we can make a greater impact.
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There was a positive response to forming a Scottish Forum of Community Councils.
Strengthening Community Councils Report Findings and Update - Paul Nelis - SCDC
Reflections about the Future of Community Council and how to get there - Dr Oliver Escobar - The University of Edinburgh
The Joint Forum Executive meets every month on the third Thursday of the month. Meetings are hybrid in the Bathgate Partnership Centre and by Webex. Get in touch to be sent an invite.
Our Welcome Pack is a guide for new and experienced Community Councillors which has information about the Joint Forum, links to our social media accounts, joining our sub forums, Community Council documentation and a glossary of terms. Click to download a copy.
The Terms of Reference describes the way the Joint Forum works and the rules it operates under. Last updated in June 2021. Click the link to download a copy.
The most recent Joint Forum AGM and Conference was held on the 1st April 2023 at the Civic Centre.
The Joint Forum normally organises two Conferences a year which are open to all Community Councillors to attend.
Click the link to read the detailed notes from the most recent hybrid conference held in April 2023.
The Joint Forum believes that Community Councils should be more empowered and be given more resources. Our proposals were published in a document called the BLUEPRINT for Future Community Councils
The Joint Forum runs six West Lothian wide Forums to focus better on specific issues. They are Environment, Health, Planning, Police, Transport and Rural Communities.
Any Community Councillor can be involved so get in touch if you would like to join.
Keep up to date with all that is happening on a wide range of topics and community based organisations. If you have questions, we have answers.
We are a community-based organisation focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place. With the help of our tireless volunteers we coordinate the views of Community Councils in West Lothian, represent them when requested to, and hold two conferences a year addressing community issues and in-depth training sessions for our volunteers.
Are you passionate about your community ? Let us know! Community Councils in every area of West Lothian are always looking for volunteers to help them make our Communities better. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join your local Community team!
Whether you help your local Community Council through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our work through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our community goals without the help of supporters like you.
Every Community Council is made up of volunteers from the community they live in. They get together regularly to discuss and plan and implement ideas that they bring forward, designed to help their community.
The community's views are very important to us and we endeavour to keep in touch with the views on issues affecting our community. All our meetings are held in public and the public are welcomed to our meetings
We are consulted by every type of public body and developers on a wide variety of issues including planning. We formulate our views democratically and make sure they are clear and understood. We are not party political organisations and take care not to be labelled as such.
Dates for your Diaries
The Joint Forum is organised by volunteer Community Councillors who are elected annually to an Executive Committee. We are delighted to have the opportunity to help you with anything.
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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