The role of the community councillor is to fulfil four main functions:

  1. To understand and represent the needs of their individual ward
  2. To contribute to the wider strategic representation and decision making that affects North Devon as a whole
  3. To participate fully to any committee, working group, partnership working etc. as established by the council
  4. To act a lead member for any of the council's activities as may be required by the council

In order to perform the above role a council will need to fulfil the following responsibilities:

  1. To maintain an up to date knowledge of the needs and issues affecting their ward and to participate in appropriate consultation exercises to ensure such knowledge is up to date
  2. To maintain an up to date knowledge of the needs and issues affecting the council as a whole and to participate in appropriate consultation exercises to ensure such knowledge is up to date
  3. To actively participate in and maintain an up to date knowledge of the issues affecting such committees, working groups, partnerships etc and exercise any delegated powers in connection with such work
  4. To ensure when fulfilling their responsibilities that they balance the needs of their individual ward with the needs of North Devon as a whole
  5. To deal with individual casework and act as an advocate for constituents in resolving particular concerns or problems
  6. To ensure that the council, Executive and relevant committees are kept informed regarding issues affecting the work of the community councillor
  7. To maintain knowledge of an act in accordance with relevant legislation and the councils own constitution policies and protocols as regards decision making, codes of conduct, ethical government, member/officer relationships etc
  8. To undertake such training as may be appropriate to performing the role