Be a Councillor in Rotherham
Be a Councillor – Make The Difference
Are you passionate about Rotherham and working with the people who live in your community? Do you want to make a difference to the quality of life in your local area?
Then why not think about being a local councillor?
As part of the exciting changes happening at Rotherham Council, we have joined forces with the Local Government Association to encourage local people who are eligible to find out more about what the role involves, and whether they are right for the job.
Find out more about the Be a Councillor in Rotherham campaign, and to learn more about how you get involved.
Hear from Rotherham’s Councillors
Councillor Eve Rose
Councillor Eve Rose is a very busy person. As one of Rotherham's newest councillors – elected in May of this year – she combines her work as local member for the Swinton ward with her job as a priest in the Church of England and full-time hospital chaplain.
London-born Eve has made Rotherham what she describes as her "forever home" after meeting and marrying a local man. She had been considering standing as a councillor for a while before actually deciding that the time was right for her. She was keen to stress that a lack of formal qualifications is absolutely no bar to being an effective councillor, and a passion for the place and its people is the key to doing a great job.
"As a local councillor you can really help people, you can actually make the the changes happen that you and the people around you want to see," she said. "Anyone can be involved. If you are proud of the area that you live in and you want to make Rotherham a better place, then this could really be for you."
Councillor Jeanette Mallinder
You could say that becoming a local councillor was a natural progression for Jeanette Mallinder. She has spent many years working in the community, supporting vulnerable people and their carers through difficult times, signposting them to help and support and fighting for their rights.
Alongside her experience in health and social care, Jeanette has seen life from a range of different perspectives, but helping people and making a real difference to their lives is what really motivates her. She was elected to represent Rotherham's Dinnington ward in the local election of May 2015.
"Coming from a mining village and living in a close community setting, I grew up with a strong sense of fairness and equality for all. It's really important to me that everyone in our society should have the same access to the services they need, and understand where they can go if they need help, said Cllr Mallinder.
A councillor's work is not necessarily about experience and qualifications – it's about passion, commitment and a love of where you live. Being a councillor can be a tough job – you are effectively on call and available whenever someone needs you but the hard work and commitment bring reward.
"There are lots of people out there in our communities who have the potential to take on the job, and probably don't even realise it – yet. Hopefully this campaign will change that – bring new people forward who understand the size and scope of the task, but are up for the challenge and time commitment required."