We have been advised by the Council of the following:

Leeds City Council and NHS Leeds are looking for community-spirited residents to join the citizen’s panel and take part in surveys and discussions about local services and issues that affect where they live.

Residents are invited to join the new citizens panel, which is being brought together to help the council, NHS Leeds and other public sector partners find out what people that live in the city think, feel and need.

Last month, the council’s partnership organisation, Leeds Initiative, launched a new long-term plan; Vision for Leeds 2011 to 2030. The overall aim of this vision is to improve life for residents and make Leeds the best city in the UK.

In order to achieve this, changes will have to be made, and the council with its other public sector partners need to have a clear understanding of what that means for the people that live here.

The new citizen’s panel will play a really important role in collecting this information, and will be a great opportunity for thousands of people in the city to have their views heard by local decision makers. They will also be able to find out about new plans and ideas for Leeds and local communities.

To be part of the panel people need to be aged 18 or over, and be prepared to spend a small amount of time taking part in surveys and/or discussions about local services and issues affecting where they live.  The aim is to have about 6000 on the new panel, made up of a balanced mix of people of different ages, backgrounds and communities to reflect the population of Leeds.

Panel members will be required to complete between four and eight surveys each year, and will be invited to take part in about the same number of discussions or events.  Surveys should take no more than 20 minutes to complete, and will always be free to return, no stamps required. Discussion groups might be 90 minutes, or sometimes a bit longer.  Some discussions will be online, others an opportunity for panel members to get together in one place.

Anyone that can spare a couple of hours a year and would like to find out more should visit www.leeds.gov.uk/citizenspanel or contact us on citizenspanel@leeds.gov.uk or Leeds 247 4610.”

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