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Bournemouth 2026 Partnership

Have you thought about the benefits of joining the Bournemouth 2026 partnership?  


Sharing best practice, publicity for your organisation, the chance to make vital contacts and the opportunity to engage in partnership working are just a few reasons to seriously consider becoming active within Bournemouth 2026.


There are two ways you can get involved:  

  • If you want to join a community group that is already involved with Bournemouth 2026, a good place to start is the partner directory. You can search for the type of organisation you might wish to join and see who else is already involved.
  • Are you already active in an organisation? Is it a member of the partnership yet? If not, have you thought about applying for Bournemouth 2026 membership

Still want to know more? Learn more about the Bournemouth 2026 partnership|.



Council Housing Tenants

If you are a council housing tenant and want to get more involved and have your say in the decisions that affect you then you can find out more here|.


Deputations and Petitions

 Deputations may be received by any relevant Panel, Board, Full Council or Cabinet Meeting. It is an opportunity to speak directly to Councillors about particular issues. Deputations must be agreed to be included as an agenda item prior to presentation. A petition may also be presented alongside a deputation.


Petitions may also be presented at any relevant Panel, Board, Council or Cabinet meeting. Again, the presentation of a petition needs to be arranged prior to the meeting. Motions raised by deputations and petitions are not debated during the meeting at which they are presented; instead they are deferred to allow enough time for an appropriate response from either a Councillor or council officer.


Learn more about Deputations| and Petitions|.


Overview and Scrutiny Panel reviews

Everyone is encouraged to get involved in the Overview and Scrutiny| process to make a difference to people and places in Bournemouth.


A system has been put in place to gather ideas for reviews and projects to be carried out by the Councillors about the big issues that affect a great number of people.


Reviews will be carried out through the Overview and Scrutiny Panels. Councillors will ask for evidence to be collected, hold workshops or seminars, invite witnesses, and then study all the information before reporting their findings. The Councillors will report their findings and recommend what actions should be taken.


Anyone who uses the Council’s services can put in a request for a review.


The first step is to contact your Councillor or the email icon imageOverview & Scrutiny Team| to discuss.  Before doing so you should think about:

  • The reasons why you think this service/problem needs to be reviewed/looked at.
  • The evidence that supports this.
  • What results you would like to see come out of the review.

Councillors have an annual workshop to plan the areas for review for the coming year and can also add relevant projects throughout the year.  Councillors will look at the complete list of suggested reviews and prioritise the most high-impact topics to work on.


School Governors

 School governors are people from the school's community making positive contributions to children's education through collective decisions. Applicants to the position of school governor must be at least 18 at the date of their appointment, but there is no upper age limit.


The responsibilities of a governor include a school's strategic direction, ensuring accountability and evaluating overall performance.


Learn more about becoming a School Governor|.


Healthwatch Dorset

 Healthwatch is the new independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public. Healthwatch plays a role at both national and local level and makes sure that the views of the public and people who use services are taken into account.


Healthwatch gives people a powerful voice locally and nationally. At a local level, local Healthwatch will work to help local people get the best out of their local health and social care services. Whether it's improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services. Not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in future.


Find out more about Healthwatch Dorset|




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