Community Council Handbook

This Handbook has been designed to meet the needs of all Community Councillors in Aberdeenshire, and particularly new members who may be unfamiliar with the work of their Community Councils or with local government in general.

The aim is to provide some of the essential background information that Councillors will need in order to operate effectively within their Council, together with a brief summary of the main skills required.

The handbook covers the following topics:

  • Community Councils
  • The Community Councillor
  • The Chair
  • The Secretary
  • The Treasurer
  • Ways of Working
  • Meetings Community
  • Minutes
  • Working Effectively in Meetings
  • Using Time Effectively
  • Report Writing
  • Dealing with the Press
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Looking for Funds
  • Aberdeenshire Councillors
  • Planning Framework
  • Insurance
  • Long Service Awards

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