Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 09.20.49From collecting waste to animal welfare, providing a clean sustainable environment  and creating economic success , the hundreds of vital local services of a council will be brought to life in 140 characters when councillors and staff from Ryedale District Council take part in a tweetathon on Wednesday 18 November.

They 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, from 00.01 on Wednesday, by using the hashtag #OurDay.

Cllr Linda Cowling, Leader of Ryedale District Council said:

“#OurDay is a chance for residents to understand the vital work councils do in their communities and to look beyond the obvious like collecting bins and helping residents make benefit applications or deal with planning applications and apply for community grants.

” 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, said:

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“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.