Community Boards

Working together: local voices, local choices, local action

Community Boards bring the council, groups, organisations and local people together to look at local issues and find ways of improving them together.

The value of the Community Boards is being able to listen and respond to local needs.

Community Boards aim to:

  • represent the voice of local people
  • capture thoughts, ideas and suggestions
  • bring together key community partners and residents
  • identify local needs and work to produce creative solutions

Community Boards can proactively collaborate with local partners to develop project ideas and initiatives and address key priorities spanning multiple boards to achieve impact at scale.

The boards use local data, intelligence and the views of the community to identify key areas of focus and priorities for the board to take forward. These priorities will help determine where the Boards take action and allocate funding for projects to improve the local area.

Each board has an allocated budget to fund local projects and initiatives.

There will be a minimum of three public meetings held each year, together with at least one community event. At these meetings, funding is allocated and feedback will be shared on the plan of action. Action notes from these meetings will be published online.

View our Community Boards Annual Report 2021/2022 (PDF, 7.27 MB)

Community Board Chairmen and Managers

Each board is supported by a dedicated Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Community Board Manager who will make links with people in the local community to make sure information is shared and local views and ideas are heard.

They will develop working relationships with local people, groups and organisations to make sure they feel connected with the boards and the council.

Get involved

The ambition is for each Community Board to drive and deliver for their local communities.

If you join your community board, you'll be able to have your say on issues that affect your area. How involved you become is up to you. We will:

  • send you a regular newsletter
  • invite you to our board meetings and events
  • give you the opportunity to get involved with our action or task and finish groups
  • let you know about local consultations
  • share information on funding for communities

To get involved please complete our online form.

Find your local community board

If you are unsure which local community board is yours, you can search for it using our postcode checker.

Search for your local community board

Apply for Community Board funding

Community Board funding is available to community and voluntary organisations who have a project or scheme in mind that could benefit the local area. Applications are invited for organisations that can show a need for financial support and evidence that their project meets the Community Board priority areas and address a local need. Find out more and apply for Community Board funding.