I’m not a leader, but would like to contribute, how do I participate?

    There are many different types of leaders in the community. Just because you aren’t school captain, on the SRC or captain of a sports team doesn’t mean you aren’t a leader!  

    You don’t have to be up front to be a leader. A leader is anyone who steps up for their community, can see opportunities and rallies momentum with others to see their vision become reality. We want all types of leaders to be involved and share different perspectives. If you think you aren’t a leader, then this opportunity is perfect for you.

    How often are meetings?

    The YLWG meet monthly with training opportunities scheduled throughout the year and advised as they become available. The initial meeting is held at Ashfield Service Centre, with the venue thereafter agreed to by the group.

    Support to attend meetings is available to all members of the committee. Members can discuss their needs with staff upon selection. No one will be excluded from joining the working group based on their access requirements.  

    What is the minimum commitment?

    Due to the postponement of the 2020 local government elections, the Local Democracy Group term has been extended to June 2022. We’re recruiting new members to fill vacancies until June 2022. 

    Meetings will be held three to five times per year. Meetings are in the evenings and go for about two hours. 

    The group term ends in June 2022. 

    Life happens – sometimes things come up and you can’t be as involved as you’d like to be. To work effectively, we ask that members do their best to participate as much as possible to get the most out of the opportunity. If you can’t attend, that’s ok, just let us know. 

    What are advisory committees and working groups and what's the difference?

    Advisory committees and working groups are valued parts of Council's local democracy. They comprise of interested or expert people who meet regularly to deliberate on information and provide ongoing advice to Council. The groups contribute to strategies, policies, programs and actions that help to achieve the aspirations of the community as outlined in Our Inner West 2036 Community Strategic Plan and Council’s Delivery Program.

    Working groups are less formal and more action-oriented, for instance they may assist to deliver activities and events while advisory committees provide strategic advice to Council's long-term planning. 

    Who manages and meets with the group?

    The YLWG is coordinated by Council’s Youth Programs teams. They have undergone a Working with Childrens Check. Parents, carers or advocates are welcome to contact Council, and meet staff responsible for coordinating the group. 

    What training is offered?

    Members will work together to tailor a skill building program to their needs in early 2021. Anything from first aid, speaking with confidence, mc-ing to team building activities. Let’s discuss what you need.