If you want to make a big difference in your community, becoming a Community Councillor could be right up your street.
The South Ayrshire Community Council elections are underway and with applications set to close on Thursday 25 February, now is the time to apply.
Community Councils are set up and run by volunteers who represent their local area. Working with decision makers such as politicians at a local level, Community Councils are well placed to have a positive impact on their communities.
Community Councils are already changing local lives for the better. Residents of Barrhill feel safer since the Community Council introduced emergency healthcare equipment alongside a 'First Responder' rota so there is always someone capable of reacting quickly in an emergency.
Maybole Community Council secured a grant from the Scottish Government which will be used to create an innovative public garden outside the Town Hall.
Residents in Alloway and Doonfoot were concerned about the number of door step callers in the area, so the Community Council sent a helpful advice leaflet to all residents.
To make sure residents in their area have a voice, Troon Community Council hold an open forum every month. The meeting encourages people to raise issues and discuss solutions.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader South Ayrshire Council said: "Becoming a Community Councillor is an opportunity to raise the profile of issues that affect your local community and then tackle them in partnership with other like-minded people. If you are passionate about where you live, find your voice and get involved in the Community Council Elections."
To be a Community Councillor you will need to be 18 years of age or over by 25February 2016 and must live in the area of nomination.
Applications must be submitted by 5.00pm on 25 February 2016. Nomination forms and more information can be found by clicking on 'elections' at: www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/community-councils/