There are many ways to support your safety reps in their role. Providing additional training, campaigning for health and safety issues, and responding to personal needs may all be a part of local support mechanisms. For example, the East Midlands Region Branch Health H&S Officers promote the Hazards Conference at Keele University, as well as responding to personal requirements. By participating in these activities, you will be helping your safety reps become more knowledgeable and effective advocates of your safety program.
Support your local chamber of commerce
Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day is an annual celebration that honors the work of local chambers of business. The third Wednesday in October is National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day. Chamber professionals work to support the economy of their communities and member businesses. This day encourages people to use the services of local chamber businesses in their community. Businesses can be found on local chamber websites. Using these services not only promotes local business but also helps strengthen the community as a whole.
Join a local support group
If you want to find a local support group, look for one that meets in your area. The meetings can take many forms, from large, formal gatherings to informal, “living room” meetings. Some groups also exist online. Look for support groups that meet in your area, and if you can’t find any, start your own! Support groups are often run by volunteers with a similar experience as yours. They are confidential, and they welcome anyone who wants to share their story.
Develop a relationship with a local leader
For organizations that want to gain local support, developing a relationship with a local leader is vital. As leaders of organizations with a broad scope of local interests, they can provide direct motivation and help bridge the gap between community and state officials. Listed below are some strategies for developing a relationship with a local leader. Each of these strategies has its own unique benefits. When pursuing a partnership with a local leader, remember to focus on the quality of your relationship.
Local governments are an essential part of the public trust equation. Providing everyday services and interacting with constituents directly can help repair the relationship between the government and the community. Nearly half of all Americans believe that they lack trust in their local government, making it more difficult to solve their problems. Developing a culture of trust and openness among the community’s leaders is important to improving service delivery and ensuring the well-being of the residents.