Amber Valley Consultation Panel was set up in 2001 as a way to keep the Council and its partners, including Derbyshire County Council (DCC) and Derbyshire Police, informed about public opinion of the services we provide and to ask what issues are important to them. The Panel is made up of 1000 people from across Amber Valley who regularly share their views and ideas on a wide range of issues. We give Members regular feedback on what actions have been taken as a result of their views in a newsletter, the Amber Voice, that is sent out with every questionnaire. Copies of all past newsletters are available by selecting the link 'Panel Newsletters' above.
A Consultation Panel is a representative sample of residents who have agreed to regularly take part in consultation either by filling in questionnaires or taking part in focus groups or workshops.
Who is on the Consultation Panel?
In 2001 local residents were selected at random from the electoral register and sent a recruitment questionnaire, inviting them to take part. From the responses 1000 people were selected and invited to join the Panel. Since then, a third of the Panel has been replaced each year to enable more residents to take part. The Panel includes people from all backgrounds and all parts of Amber Valley area. It is designed to be broadly representative of the Borough as a whole. The Panel aims to reflect the diversity of the area in terms of ward, gender, age, ethnicity, disability.
What do Panel Members do?
The 1000 members on the Panel are asked to answer approximately four questionnaires per year on a variety of topics including: crime and safety, quality of live and leisure.
Why is it important that I join?
We want to know the views of the residents of Amber Valley - the people who live here, who bring up their children here, who go to the doctor's, and who know their part of the Borough, how it works and how they want it to be.
We want our Consultation Panel to represent the residents of Amber Valley and to be able to reflect the pulse of the Borough on any given issue, Be consulted about changes we propose for our services.
In this way, by taking an interest and giving your views, you could help make a difference.
Interested in Being a Panel Member?
You can apply to join the panel by completing a short online form, visit our recruitment page to find out more.