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How to be a councillor - first learn to travel

Thursday, 17th February 2011.

Suffolk is part of a nationwide campaign to get more people to stand for election to local councils, in advance of the May elections.

A special event is being put on in the county where you can find out more about what is involved in becoming a councillor - but you've got to get to Ipswich to attend it.

Suffolk people considering becoming a councillor can find out more about what itís like and how to get involved at a free, interactive event being held at the Ipswich Corn Exchange on the March 1, from 6.30pm.

This free event is part of the Be A Councillor campaign which asks everyone the question 'what will you stand for?'. There are roughly 20,000 elected councillors in England, each representing their local community, and all with their own reason for doing so.

The Be A Councillor campaign says the event is an opportunity to find out how you can represent your community on your local council; hear from current local councillors about how they got started and their experience of what itís like; ask questions about the life of a councillor, how best to get started, how much work and time is involved, and what the rewards are. There will also be a chance to ask questions informally, after the main event.

For further information or to register for this event visit www.beacouncillor.org.uk/east and click on events, or contact Jayne Cole on 01284 729405.

'What will you stand for?' is an awareness-raising campaign launched in the run-up to significant local elections in May, with the intention of increasing civic participation in local communities and to increase the talent pool and diversity from which councillors are elected.

The campaign features posters, on-line advertising and social media. A website, www.beacouncillor.org.uk/east has also been created to give an idea of what itís like to be a councillor, and how to go about getting involved.

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