Get involved in your community

Be an active citizen

An active citizen is someone who cares about their community enough to change it. You can become an active citizen and help to make your community a better place in any of the following ways.

Join your local community forum

By joining or attending your local community forum, you can:

  • help with local projects
  • raise issues
  • oversee forum business


Volunteers give their time freely to support their communities. Whatever your background, work experience, gender or age, you will have a skill that someone needs.

Nearly half the adults in the country volunteer. The reasons they give for volunteering include:

  • making a difference and a feeling of satisfaction
  • having fun
  • improving their CV
  • making new friends

Contact ngage to find out about volunteering opportunities in Thurrock.

To volunteer with us, check our list of current volunteer opportunities.

You can also find out about timebank volunteering.

Support a local voluntary organisation

There are many voluntary, community and faith organisations in Thurrock that focus on different issues. To find out more, contact Thurrock Council for Voluntary Service (TCVS).

Community hubs

Local community hubs and community centres are places that support communities and help people stay independent. They are a base for local activities and events, helping residents to get information and advice as well as get involved with what's going on.

Patient participation groups

Many GP surgeries in south Essex have a patient participation group (PPG) or patient forum. Membership of the group is open to all patients of the practice, and meetings are attended by both patients and practice staff.

Take part in a consultation

We often use consultations to find out people’s views on our proposals or policies.

Find out more about taking part in a consultation.