What is Community Engagement anyway?

Community engagement is all about empowering local people to express their views and opinions regarding matters that affect them and their community. It enables individuals, voluntary & community organisations and public bodies to come together to discuss a common objective and action a way forward.

Barry Town Council’s Community Engagement Strategy

Barry Town Council approved the “Draft Community Engagement Strategy” for consultation at its meeting of the Finance, Policy & General Purposes Committee held on Monday, 26 March 2018.

The consultation period began on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 and concluded on Sunday, 3 June 2018.

Throughout this period Barry Town Council engaged with youth groups, community organisations, hosted a variety of engagement events and created a survey for members of the public to complete.

The strategy identified 4 main objectives which we believe will improve community engagement with the consultation period being used to ask if we were on the right track and what people thought about the objectives, as well as the actions we had suggested as a way in which to achieve them.

The 4 main objectives of the strategy are;

  • To ensure the Town Council is visible to its community and that citizens have the opportunity to engage with the Town Council face to face at least once a year in their own ward.
  • To explore innovative ways in which residents, businesses and community groups can engage with the Town Council to influence and participate in the Council decision-making process.
  • To ensure data is reviewed in a meaningful way to influence the decision-making process.
  • To improve the awareness of the Town Council, its services, elected members and staff.

If you would like to view the full Data Analysis report of this consultation, please click here. [Link here to PDF Data Analysis report]

Following on from the consultation, the Draft Strategy was reviewed using the data collected and a final version was presented to Council. The Strategy was approved and adopted on ____________________

To view the full Community Engagement Strategy, please click here. [Link here to PDF Full Community Engagement Strategy]