Parish Councils

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We understand that Parish Councils have a unique and challenging role. They are public sector organisations with their own tax raising powers and broad remit. However, they are also mainly reliant on volunteers and face a very wide range of local challenges and pressures.

We have a long track record of providing specialist support to Parish Councils to help them understand the needs of their community, develop projects and run effectively to ensure their communities are vibrant places to live and work.

As part of our advocacy role we also help key partners, such as Norfolk County Council, District Councils and other service providers understand your unique role and specific needs and issues.

We have drawn on national expertise from across the RCC network to make available to Parish Councils’ in membership an exclusive series of specialist information sheets bespoke to their unique role.

More broadly we can provide advice and support in the key areas critical to your success. This includes:

  • Identifying Needs – Helping you to engage with your community effectively as well as using data to understand their needs
  • Operations - Support you to run your day to day activities well by helping you to develop the systems, processes and policies that mean your organisation operates efficiently, safely and legally.
  • Governance - Helping you to manage your organisation well, understand its legal purpose, structure, rules and enabling you to make decisions effectively
  • Planning and Project Development - Support for you to plan effectively, so that you can budget and schedule projects, identify the best options for delivery and relate these to the needs of our community
  • Funding and Resources – Help you to access the income you need and use this efficiently, maximising the use of your assets and minimising your expenditure
  • Skills and Knowledge – Support the people involved in your organisation to understand their roles and develop the skills and knowledge to perform them well
  • Engagement – Help you to involve the people you need either as volunteers or participants in your organisation's services and activities
  • Partnership – Support you to develop relationships with other organisations to enable co-operation and effective partnerships.
  • Strategic Planning – Help you develop your vision for the future and know where you want to get your organisation to

Please contact us for specialist support tailored to your needs. Also make sure you are registered to receive updates for our latest training and events.