You can make a real difference to your community of Stroud by becoming a town councillor.
On May 7, residents will vote for representatives for all 18 seats on Stroud Town Council.
The town council is holding three election information drop-in sessions so people can find out more about what the role involves.
The first event is Saturday February 1, from 10am to noon at the Town Council offices at Thanet House, 58 London Road, Stroud GL5 2AD.
The other two events are: Wednesday February 5, from 19.00-21.00 at Farmhill Baptist Church Farmhill Lane, Paganhill, GL5 4BX Stroud and Thursday February 13, 19.00-20.00 at St Albans Church Hall, Parliament St, Stroud GL5 1DP.
“Being a town councillor takes just a few hours a month of your time but you can make a valuable impact on the life of this town,” said Stroud Mayor Kevin Cranston.
“Town councillors can be anyone. What unites them is their interest and passion in local issues, their community and people and their willingness to get involved.”
To stand as a candidate for the town council you must be at least 18 years old, be a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen and live or work in the area.
The Notice of Election will be published on Monday 23 March. Nomination papers can be submitted to Electoral Services, Stroud District Council between 9am and 4pm on each working day from the 24 March until the close of nominations at 4pm on 8 April.