Consultation and community engagement

It is important for us to know your views on the services we provide and to have your assistance in making improvements.

We want to make sure that you have the opportunity to have your say and to be more actively involved if you want to.

Our engagement promise

You have a right to influence decisions which are made on your behalf, which is why we have developed the following promise:

We will:

  • Co-ordinate engagement across the council so that you are not asked the same questions again and again;
  • Not share personal information without asking you, unless required by law;
  • Make sure we tell you about opportunities to have your say;
  • Make sure we give you the opportunity to get involved in making decisions when that is appropriate;
  • Be clear about what can be changed, and if it can't, why not;
  • Feed back to you what has been said and what we are going to do as a result;
  • Use plain English and keep our information jargon free;
  • Offer our information in different formats e.g. on CD or tape where that is appropriate; and
  • Make sure we include people who want to be involved, and that everyone has a real opportunity to tell us what they think.

We also have customer service standards which tell you what you can expect when you contact us.

Ways to get involved

There are numerous ways for you to get involved, find out how decisions are made in your area and have your say about the services you receive:

Children and young people

The importance of involving children and young people in decision making is recognised in Young and Yorkshire 2: the plan for all children, young people and their families living in North Yorkshire.

The plan has been written for all children, young people and their families in North Yorkshire, including families who may only recently have arrived here, such as service families, refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children. It was written by the North Yorkshire Children’s Trust, a partnership that represents all the agencies working with children and young people across the county.

Health and adult services

Community engagement is a high priority for health and adult services, because we want to deliver, whether directly or commissioned, excellent services that meet the needs of individuals and communities. We believe that working with people is essential to understanding what those needs are and how services should be shaped.

We want to help people to stay healthy and well in their own communities. We want to work with people and communities to make sure this support is available, from services and from within their local community.

For information about some of the groups we work with regularly, please visit North Yorkshire Partnerships.