From time to time Councillors are nominated to act as a champion for a particular topic, on behalf of the Council
What are Member Champions?
Member Champions exist to provide a voice for traditionally underrepresented groups, or issues which need to be kept at the forefront of council business although they may not be the responsibility of any individual or committee.
Member Champions are elected members who in addition to their other council responsibilities make sure that the issue or group that they are championing are taken into account when council policy is being developed and decisions are made.
What do they do?
Typically, the Member Champion will:
- Make sure that their area of interest is taken into account when developing policy or making decisions
- Ask questions about performance and resourcing for the area
- Raise the profile of the area and make the authority aware of good practice.
- Engage with external bodies who work in the area
- Engage with other officers and members in relation to the role.
- Engage with community groups with an interest/stake in the area
- Report action to the council
At the Full Council meeting on 20 May 2019, Councillor Damon Hooton was nominated to be the Council's Somerset Armed Forces Champion. The purpose of the Somerset Armed Forces Champion is to represent veterans and current servicemen and women and ensure that they and their families were treated fairly. The Champion also provides a point of contact between the Council and various charities.
Following the Cabinet meeting on 7 October 2019, Councillors Councillor Laura Waters and Councillor Helen Sprawson-White were nominated to be the Council's Mental Health Champions. One of the main priorities of the council is the mental health and wellbeing of the Mendip residents. The council helps promote and facilitate events, campaigns and training for both individuals and organisations. Visit our Mental Health and Wellbeing page for more information.