Join a group

​There are several groups you can join to have your say about the way local services are run:

The Residents' Panel is an opportunity to give your views to your local councils more regularly and directly – to have a greater say in influencing local decisions that matter.

The Panel is used by:

  • East Northamptonshire Council
  • NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Northampton Borough Council
  • Northamptonshire County Council
  • South Northamptonshire District Council
  • Borough Council of Wellingborough

From time to time, we will ask panel members for their views on different topics. For instance, we might send you details of a consultation affecting people in the area in which you live. We appreciate that your time is valuable, so we will make sure that we don't take up too much of your time.

The only entry requirements are that you must be aged 16 or over and you must live in Northamptonshire.

Panel members do not need to be users of a given service, and no knowledge or understanding of the way in which public sector services are run is required.

We are not able to offer panel members any financial incentives for participating. However, most of the people involved with the Residents' Panel enjoy being given the opportunity to learn more about and influence the development of both local and countywide services.

You do not have to reply to every communication you receive, and the Residents' Panel will always be used carefully to ensure that we are not sending you too much information. However, if you join and decide that it's not for you, you can unsubscribe at any time. To do so, just email 'Unsubscribe' to consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk and your details will be permanently removed from the Panel.

If you enjoy giving your views and would like to join the Panel, all you need to do is email consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk with the following information:

  • name
  • email address to be used for Residents' Panel correspondence
  • district or borough council area you live in

By becoming a member of the Residents' Panel you are agreeing to be contacted by local public service organisations in Northamptonshire with activities and information you may be interested in.

Answers you give in response to any Residents’ Panel activity will be processed by local public service organisations in Northamptonshire to find out what residents think about services and other important issues affecting life in Northamptonshire.

Any personal information provided will be held, processed and removed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.

The Participation Service run a range of groups for children and young people aged 8 to 24 in Northamptonshire to have their say: 

​Healthwatch Northamptonshire aims to give local people a voice and work in partnership to influence the design and quality of health and social care provision for local people.

The 50+ Network is run by a board of volunteer older people and has a membership of over 3300 individuals and groups.

The Board meets on a monthly basis and responds to consultations and issues raised as well as contributing as representatives on a range of committees and forums.

The Northants Parent Group Forum work across education, health and social care supporting decision making and services for disabled children and young people.