Getting involved in your local community

There are various ways in which you can get involved in your local community, help out and have your voice heard.

Perhaps you have an idea on how to improve your local area or services, would like to help others by volunteering - or you’d like to get involved, but aren’t sure how.  From taking part in workshops and events that help to decide what services are needed locally, or by participating in discussion panels or groups – you can find a way to get engaged. For example, you can contribute or get involved by:

  • Giving input on key issues and developments in your local area such as Village planning 
  • Setting up an organisation
  • Getting funding for a local initiative via the Civic Pride Fund
  • Nominating a road in your area that needs improvement through the Community Roads and Pavement Fund
  • Joining a local business association that helps to maintain attractive high streets


How can I help improve local services?

Your views on how to improve local services are appreciated by policy makers – they would like to hear about your experiences and listen to your views. There are many different ways to get your opinion heard:

  • Subscribing to local networks and organisations to keep informed of new opportunities
  • Taking part in occasional surveys, meetings and consultations
  • Shaping services as an expert user or carer on one of the established local involvement groups or project groups, such as the Co-Production Group
  • Getting involved as a trustee for a voluntary organisation.

Have Your Say

Healthwatch Richmond is an independent organisation working to ensure your voice counts when it comes to shaping and improving local health and social care services. They want to know about your experiences of local health and social care services as a patient, service user, family member or carer. 



Volunteering is a great way to contribute and to meet others in your community. You can give a helping hand and volunteer for your local school, library, or local care service. Or you could participate in a nature or building conservation project, or by being a health champion. There are many different volunteering opportunities in the borough.  


Useful contacts:

GoLocal for Sheen, Mortlake, Barnes, Twickenham or Whitton
Phone: 020 8973 1877

Community Partnership for Richmond, Kew, Ham, Petersham,Teddington or The Hamptons
Phone: 020 8831 6464

Healthwatch Richmond
Address: 82 Hampton Road, Twickenham, TW2 5QS
Phone: 0208 099 5335

Community Connections Richmond
Phone: 020 8843 7945