Stand in an election

If you care about the area that you live or work in and the issues facing local people, you could be a councillor. Whatever you think needs changing in your neighbourhood, you could be just the person to change it by becoming a local councillor. No other role gives you a chance to make such a difference to quality of life for people in your local area.

You do not need any formal qualifications to become a councillor and Norfolk County Councillors come from all walks of life.

You don’t have to be highly educated or have a profession. Skills gained through raising a family, caring for a sick or disabled relative, volunteering or being active in faith or community groups can be just as valuable.

Groups made up of diverse individuals tend to make better informed decisions. It is important that councils have councillors who not only reflect and represent the communities they serve, but also have a broad range of skills and life experience.

The first step is to be nominated by somebody else. The nomination process is managed by your local district, borough or city council and opens in the run-up to an election.