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Norma Thompson, Chair of Third Sector Leeds, looks at how the Third Sector can use the new Community Committee structures to improve things locally.
Some of you may already be aware of the changes being made to Leeds City Council Area Committees, as the Council works to improve the involvement of local people. The new Community Committees will still have to deal with the business of formal decision making, but will be making a real effort to ensure that much of the meeting is less formal, more inclusive and involves discussion of local issues and priorities.
For any organisation which considers part of its remit is to advocate on behalf of the people it works with, or to support local people to influence local decisions, then the Community Committees offer an exciting opportunity to do this.
Whilst the cynics in the sector may not be wholly convinced, the Community Committees will genuinely work differently if we commit to being an active part of them. I'd be really keen to hear from people who attend them how you get on!