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Wednesday, February 9, 2011


MARCH 2011

What are these meetings about?
- Are you interested in how you can have your voice heard in the democratic process in Northumberland?
- Would you like to find out how to speak to or contact the people who make decisions on a county level?
If so, you may be interested in attending.

Who might be interested in attending?
We aim to attract people who might not have experience with engaging with the process but who might be interested in doing so, for example residents' associations/groups, charities, parents groups and people wishing to lobby or campaign about particular issues.

When will the meetings take place?
The sessions will take place on:
1. Thursday 3 March 2011: 10am – 3pm (Council Chamber, Prospect House, Bank Head, Hexham NE46 3NH)
2. Wednesday 9 March 2011: 10am – 3pm (Alnwick Council Chamber, Clayport Street, Alnwick NE66 1LA)
3. Tuesday 22 March 2011: 10am – 3pm (Adamson Suite, Choppington Social
Welfare Centre, Colliery Road, Scotland Gate, Choppington NE62 5SR).What will the sessions cover?
The sessions will look at:
- What meetings you can attend
- Which meetings you can speak at and what issues can you speak on
- What reports and information held by the council can you see ('Access to Information')
- What information held by the council can you both informally and formally request ('Freedom of Information')
- Other ways to raise issues – speaking to county councillors, writing to the council, petitioning the council.

What will be the format of the sessions?
The sessions will be introduced by a county councillor, with workshops facilitated by officers. Lunch will be provided.

How can I find out more and/or register to attend?
If you are interested in attending or would like further information, please telephone
Mike Bird on 01670 533491 or email . To register to attend, please let us know no later than seven days before the meeting you would like to attend.