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Celebrating local government: Swindon Borough Council is taking part in #OurDay

Friday, 17 November 2017

From potholes to parks, social work to strategic highway projects,  hundreds of vital council services will be brought to life in 140 characters when councillors and staff from Swindon Borough Council take part in a Tweetathon next Tuesday (21 Nov).

The Council will join local authorities across the country who will use 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 more than 9,000 Twitter accounts had participated, and the hashtag trended at number one on Twitter for most of the day. Last year, Swindon Borough Council’s Twitter account received over 70,000 impressions for its #OurDay content.
 
#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 00.01 on Tuesday, by using the hashtag.

Cllr David Renard, Leader of Swindon Borough Council, said: “Most people only get to see Council services such as refuse collections and repairs to the Borough’s roads, but there is so much more excellent work that goes on behind the scenes that often goes unnoticed.

“We have a number of unsung heroes at the Council who quietly go about their jobs to provide hundreds of services to people in Swindon and I am delighted #OurDay will give us the chance to once again shine a light on their fantastic work.”
 
Cllr 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 Swindon Council.

“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 Swindon 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.”

Residents can follow Swindon Borough Council at @swindonnews on Twitter, and Swindon Borough Council on Facebook, and are encouraged to share, like and comment about the good work of officers via message, reply or mention.