#OurDay is your day

#OurDay is a chance for everyone who delivers local public services to showcase the huge number of ways in which they support and improve the quality of life of our communities, every day.

Last year’s event was bigger than ever, with a huge national and international reach: 14,000 contributors posted more than 45,000 tweets, reaching more than 31 million people.

As a result, #OurDay trended at No 1 in the UK and was also first worldwide in the English language – but we need your help to make this year’s tweetathon an even bigger success.

Ahead of this year’s event, on Tuesday 20 November, we are asking councils, councillors and officers to tell us about their work and why they’re proud to be part of the local government family.

We’d love to hear about the teams who collect the rubbish or keep the streets clean, come rain, wind or shine; the dog wardens who go the extra mile; the councillors who are always there for their residents; the carers who provide compassion and dignity; the volunteers who give up their time for free; and the social workers who change young lives for the better. The list goes on and on and on.

There are many ways you and your council can celebrate the work of local government and other local public services. For example, you can:

  • Spread the word – tell other people about #OurDay and share the date in a post on Facebook or Twitter. You can download lots of branded assets from our toolkit, available at www.local.gov.uk/our-day
  • Take part on the big day – tell the world what you and your council are doing from 00.01 until 23.59 on Tuesday 20 November by using the hashtag #OurDay. Our toolkit has lots of tips and advice on how to get your messages out there, as well as templates and draft press releases to save you time.

Cllr Peter Fleming, Chairman of the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board, said: “#OurDay has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and we know we can make this the biggest and best yet.

“It is an opportunity for councils to highlight and shout about the amazing work they do for the public and their communities. It showcases a day in the life of local government and shines a light on all the different things that councils do over a 24-hour period.

“Councils work on behalf of their communities, providing a huge variety of services – many hidden – every day to support people and make lives better. This is a great chance for the community to go behind the scenes and hear the stories behind the services.”

For more information about #OurDay 2018, please visit www.local.gov.uk/our-day and keep up to date on Twitter by following @LGAComms. If you’d like to share your ideas with us or let us know what you have got planned, then email ourday@local.gov.uk

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