New ‘inspirational’ community activist course

Get involved in your community and make a difference by joining a new, ‘inspirational’ community activist course in Selby.

The course is on offer to residents and groups in rural parts of the district and helps people focus on  something they want to change in their community.

The Community Activist course is running in June later this year for the second time, funded by Selby District Council. The first course got off to a great start with 12 residents taking part.

The Community Activist Development Programme enables participants to focus on a specific issue / initiative they wish to address and promote within their community.

Led by Chris Hailey Norris, fromSelby and District AVS, the course helps participants  create and launch an action plan that will maximise their impact on their issue.

Chris explained: “We look at community needs, funding opportunities, governance, service development, marketing, IT, influencing others, building a network of contacts, and securing additional help.

Chief Executive of Selby District Council Janet Waggott joined the second session of the course and commented: “It  was really interesting to meet such an enthusiastic and committed group of people who have such a variety of interests, skills, aspirations and suggestions. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with the group and I I found the community activists programme inspirational.”

One of the first people to join the course was Nick Atherton who explained: “This has been a great course to begin developing my not-for-profit organisation. It has provided me with lots of practical advice and information to enable me to move forwards with confidence and excitement.”

The next programme for South Selby District starts on Monday 4 June from 10am to 2pm. For further information and to book your place contact Katie Bruce on