Sefton Council is taking part in a national initiative called #OurDay which highlights all the work local authorities do.

Vital local services carried out by Sefton Council will be brought to life in 140 characters when the authority takes part in a tweetathon on Wednesday, November 18.

Sefton will be among thousands nationwide to tweet using the hashtag #OurDay, to give residents an insight into the hundreds of jobs councils do every day.

During #OurDay last year over 8,000 twitter accounts participated, sending more than 10,000 tweets and reaching 3 million people.

#OurDay has been organised by the Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, and the Knowledge Hub.

The LGA is encouraging as many councillors and local authority staff as possible to take a couple of minutes out of their day to tell the world what they’re up to as part of a 24-hour live tweetathon, by using the hashtag #OurDay.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “#OurDay is a chance for local residents to understand the vital work Sefton Council does in their communities and how the local authority works closely with those communities so they can deliver services for every resident.

“Day in day out our staff provide residents with hundreds of services that are at the heart of helping our communities function, many of them things people may not even be aware of.”

Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board, added: “It’s important that councils explain what they do and that residents get a chance to hear some of the stories behind the huge variety of vital work that is put into practice from Town Halls up and down the country on a daily basis.

“Councils make a real difference in their communities, but much of what we do is out of sight, like helping vulnerable children. #OurDay is a chance to reflect 24 hours in the life of a council, from providing care for the most vulnerable in our local community to cleaning our streets.

“Councils are the most open and transparent part of the public sector and using social media is an easy and effective way for us to communicate with our residents and answer any questions they may have.”

Follow @seftoncouncil on Twitter during #OurDay on November 18.


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