Twelve parish and town councils have agreed to take part in a scheme to find volunteers to work alongside Kent County Council’s community wardens.
The project is jointly proposed by KCC and the Kent Association of Local Councils with the support of Kent Police and other stakeholders.
Volunteer Support Wardens will be out and about in their local communities, identifying local issues and concerns and making contacts with agencies including the police and Trading Standards.
KCC is currently looking for people who are interested in the role and is arranging local drop-in sessions for those interested.
Training will be given and uniforms provided to successful applicants.
If the pilot is successful it will be offered to all parish and town councils throughout the county next year.
Mike Hill, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “We are very pleased to launch this pilot scheme. This is an excellent opportunity to support and assist the local community and to learn new skills in the process.”
John Rivers, President of KALC, said: “I am delighted to see how parish and town councils across Kent are, yet again, demonstrating how well they work alongside Kent County Council in order to bring about a real difference to their communities.
“Every day local people support their community in so many different ways. Here is a chance for others to play a key role in their local area and to be a part of the wider community warden family, learning new skills and providing valuable support to local residents. I commend this pilot and wish the twelve trial areas every success.”
The closing date for applications is 1 February.