From refuse collections to parks, public toilets to signage, the hundreds of vital services of a council will be brought to life when councillors and staff from Boston Borough Council take part in a social media marathon on Tuesday 19 November.
They will be among thousands nationwide to participate online using the hashtag #OurDay, to give residents an insight into the hundreds of jobs councils do every day, from looking after anti-social behaviour and monitoring CCTV, to taking care of collecting everyone refuse on a weekly basis.
By the end of last year’s #OurDay over 10,000 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 are up to as part of a 24-hour live social media marathon, from 00.01 on Tuesday, by using the hashtag #OurDay.
Councillor Peter Fleming 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 Boston Council.
“It is a great way for all council’s to show what council officers are doing every day to improve the quality of life of our residents. We are 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 Boston Borough 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 and Twitter.”
Cllr Aaron Spencer, Leader of Boston Borough Council, said: ““Our dedicated staff touch the lives of every one of our residents every day in a myriad of different ways… and that touch is about looking after you, protecting your children, making the place you live better and even when you buy your lunch time sandwich. Take a look at #OurDay, you will be surprised.”