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Member Champions at Dorset County Council

Elected Members undertake the role of designated Member Champion for a specific service area or initiative by:-

  1. finding ways to sustain a high profile for the initiative, both in the public domain and internally within the County Council
  2. keeping informed about relevant key developments
  3. seeking ways to motivate staff to reach targets
  4. using their influence as a County Councillor for the allocation of appropriate priority status for the initiative, in the context of the Council's overall objectives
Dorset County Council - Member Champions
 Member Champion RolesMember

Carer's Champion

To raise the profile of carer services and further develop levels of support given to carers.


Children, young people and adults who are disabled 0 - 25 years

Supporting and empowering families; providing personalised services that reduce the dependence when young people transition to adult service.


Corporate Sustainability Programme

To raise awareness and assist in achieving key sustainability targets both internally and externally. 


Community Services (incorporating cultural services, community safety, health improvement, adult learning and the voluntary sector)

Further develop role by considering community capacity, early help and role of the voluntary sector.


Customer Services

Further develop role by reviewing the outcome of the Mystery Shopper exercise, engaging with members and greater liaison with Dorset Direct.


Data Transparency Champion

Champion information management, data transparency and data protection.


Diversity (including disability)

To support the equality and diversity agenda within the County Council, ensuring it is embedded within the culture of the organisation and that best practice and legislation are followed.


Domestic Violence

Liaise with and respond to important work across directorates and other councils in Dorset to help raise the profile of domestic violence services.


Economic Growth and Development

To raise awareness of Dorset as a business location locally and nationally, and oversee the impact of the Council's activities on the local economy.  


Fair Trade

To promote better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers to establish more sustainable communities


Learning Disabilities

Work with Learning Disability Partnership Board to address learning disability issues.


Mental Health Services

Raise the profile of mental health services both locally and nationally.


Military/Civilian Integration

Respond to potential implications for social and the economic wellbeing of our military community and their families as a result of the work of the Military and Civilian Integration Working Group.


Older People

Respond to implications arising from the Care Act and demography. Liaise with appropriate third parties and Adult Services to promote and develop services.


Participation: children, young people, families, parents and carers

Champion at Children's Trust, Health and Wellbeing Board and events.  Member leadership in relation to involvement of children, young people, families in all aspects of service developments.


Promotion of learning through life

Link across all Directorates to make and promote a 'One Council' approach in relation to learning.


Physical Activity

Engage with a range of stakeholders and directorates to promote physical activity around the County.



Ensure that risk is addressed and understood in a way that underpins the work of the County Council.  Liaise with Chairman of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee and the Risk Management Group.


Trading Standards

Focus on support to business and protection for the public.


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