From potholes to parks, social work to signage, the hundreds of vital services of a council will be brought to life in 280 characters when councillors and staff from East Riding of Yorkshire Council take part in a tweetathon on Tuesday, 21 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, from collecting rubbish and fixing roads, to taking care of vulnerable people.
By the end of last year's #OurDay, over 9,000 Twitter accounts had participated and the hashtag trended at number one on Twitter for most of the day.
#OurDay has been organised by the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England and Wales. 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 00.01am on Tuesday, by using the hashtag #OurDay.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "Every day our staff work tirelessly to provide residents with hundreds of services, many of which people may be unaware of."Councils are not just responsible for fixing potholes and taking away rubbish, but for many vital services which keep our communities glued together and #OurDay is a chance for residents to get a glimpse into the vital work we do in our communities."
Councillor Paul Bettison OBE, chairman of the Local Government Association's Improvement and Innovation Board, said: "#OurDay is a chance to reflect on 24 hours in the life of East Riding of Yorkshire Council."It is a great way for the council to show residents what officers are doing every day to improve the quality of life of residents.
We're excited that some of the stories behind the huge variety of vital services that the council provides every day will be heard. "We are really pleased that East Riding of Yorkshire Council is taking part in #OurDay, a nationwide event for all councils, councillors and staff to get involved in, to highlight the amazing work that is going on in their communities. "Councils are the most efficient, open and transparent part of the public sector and we're looking forward to being part of the #OurDay conversation and to hear from residents on Facebook, Twitter and social media."