From filling potholes to school places to trading standards, hundreds of vital council services will be brought to life when Worcestershire County Council takes part in a tweetathon today.
They will be among thousands nationwide to tweet using the hashtag #OurDay, to give residents an insight into the hundreds of jobs councils do every day. During #OurDay last year over 8,000 twitter accounts participated nationwide, sending more than 10,000 tweets and reaching 3 million people.
#OurDay has been organised by the Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, and the Knowledge Hub. The LGA is encouraging as many councillors and local authority staff as possible to take a couple of minutes out of their day to tell the world what they’re up to as part of a 24-hour live tweetathon, from 00.01 on Wednesday, by using the hashtag #OurDay.
Cllr Adrian Hardman, Leader of Worcestershire County Council said: "#OurDay is a chance for residents to get a better understanding of the vital work we do in our communities. Day in day out our staff provide residents with hundreds of services that go far beyond filling potholes. Many of the things we do, people may not even be aware of but they are at the heart of helping our communities function. This is a great way to illustrate the range of services we provide. ”
Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board, added: “It’s important that councils explain what they do and that residents get a chance to hear some of the stories behind the huge variety of vital work that is put into practice from Town Halls up and down the country on a daily basis.
“Councils make a real difference in their communities, but much of what we do is out of sight, like helping vulnerable children. #OurDay is a chance to reflect 24 hours in the life of a council, from providing care for the most vulnerable in our local community to cleaning our streets.
“I hope as many local authorities, councillors and staff as possible get involved and highlight the good work that is going on in their communities. Councils are the most open and transparent part of the public sector and using social media is an easy and effective way for us to communicate with our residents and answer any questions they may have.”