Join the Community Conversation in 2020

Have you got something to say about where you live? We want to hear your views about your local area, what matters to you and your ideas about the future.

The Community Conversation

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The Local Area Fund

The Local Area Fund is being introduced to support community driven projects and enhance the ability of Ward Councillors to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of their local communities.  

Each ward area has an available budget of £10,000 for this financial year 2020/2021. Find out more about the Local Area Fund

Ward events

For the past few years, the Council has hosted around 20 local Community Conversation ward events across the borough – giving residents and businesses the change to come and hear from their local ward councillors and give their views on local issues. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, it is not possible to hold physical events at the moment.

Therefore, the Council would like to hold virtual meetings in each area.

About the Community Conversation

The Community Conversation is the Council’s engagement programme. It gives residents and businesses an opportunity to meet their local ward councillors via borough wide events and have their say on what matters to them locally and specific issues via a series of themed discussions. 

If you have any ideas about how we can reach residents who want to have a say online, using social media or by alternative methods. Please let us know by emailing

Last years' events

See the 2019 Community Conversation minutes and videos.

2020 Virtual Ward Events

Due to the pandemic, it is currently not possible to hold physical events, therefore the Council is trialling online engagement sessions using Zoom.

Those who wish to attend can pre-register for the event. Once registered, attendees will be sent a link within 24 hours before the event and again 20 minutes before the start time. Attendees will be able to log in and hear from the Leader of the Council and local ward councillors live. If you have any problems, email

Residents will be able to have their say via video or text chat on how coronavirus has impacted them and their local area and give their ideas on what needs to be done to help the recovery process.

Please note, to ensure the best experience for all those attending and having their say, by registering for the event, attendees are agreeing to our Event Etiquette (pdf, 267 KB). This guide also includes further joining instructions.

2020 Ward Events schedule
Area Date Register
Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside Wednesday 8 July 2020 Watch the video (YouTube)

Barnes, East Sheen,  Mortlake and Barnes

Tuesday 28 July 2020

Watch the video (YouTube)

Twickenham Riverside, St Margarets and North Twickenham

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Watch the video (YouTube)

Teddington, Hampton Wick, Fulwell and Hampton Hill

Tuesday 4  August 2020

Watch the video (YouTube)

Whitton and Heathfield

Wednesday 5 August 2020

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Thursday 6 August 2020

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Hampton, Hampton North 

Tuesday 11 August 2020

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Richmond North and Richmond South

Wednesday 13 August 2020

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West Twickenham and South Twickenham

Tuesday 18 August 2020

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The agenda for the Community Conversation ward events is listed below.

The events will consist of five main sections:


From 6.30 to 6.40pm

Opening presentation from Cllr Gareth Roberts (Leader of the Council) and introduction of the ward councillors on the panel.

Ward update

From 6.40 to 6.50pm

Ward councillors will give their update on the pandemic and how it impacted the local area.

Local area fund presentation

From 6.50 to 7.00pm

Short presentation on the Local Area Fund and how it could be used in the local area.

Community Conversation 'Question time' discussion

From 7.00 to 7.55pm

Attendees can ask their questions to the Leader and panel.


From 8pm.

Event will conclude with final feedback from the Leader of the Council.

Themed events

The Community Engagement team will also be running a series of Virtual Themed Conversations across July and August 2020. A panel of professionals will offer guidance and information on each subject, followed by a discussion with attendees focusing on problems and solutions.

These events will be on:

  • Accessibility: The Impacts of Shielding 
  • Special Projects and Consultations
  • Domestic Abuse

Further information 

For more details contact us by email at

Updated: 5 August 2020