From May 2023 onwards the CLIMATE EMERGENCY COMMITTEE and the PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE have merged to form the CLIMATE ACTION, COMMUNICATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE (CASE) which will meet 4 times each year.
The remit of this Committee is to lead on the outward-facing work of the Parish Council. For this reason, unlike other committees, CACE has spaces for up to 6 non-elected, non-voting members as well as up to 13 elected members. Potentially, this makes for a large committee of up to 19 members.
Holme Valley Parish Council declared a climate emergency on 25th March 2019 and a key function of the committee is to engage with other groups in the community and other statutory groups to effect climate action.
Parish Council representation at community events is also part of CACE’s remit, as is oversight of all aspects of the Council’s external print and social media communications.
As part of the outward-facing work of the committee, all awards presented by the Parish Council are managed by CACE, including the existing Tidy Trader, Community Champion and Councillor awards. The Tidy Trader awards recognise businesses that take pride in their external appearances and, as a result, contribute to a more attractive and thriving Holme Valley. The Community Champions awards seek to celebrate and thank individuals or groups who help make our Valley a better place to live. The Councillor awards were introduced in 2023 to recognise parish councillors who have twenty years or more service on the Parish Council.
The Council adopted a Media Policy, Editorial Guidelines and a Community Engagement Strategy on 20 May 2013. It adopted an Email Communications Policy on 12 September 2016.