Residents in Clayton-le-Moors are being urged to represent their neighbourhoods by becoming ‘street ambassadors’.
The volunteers will stand up for the community while keeping a watchful eye on fly-tipping problems, neighbourhood nuisance and crime.
There are already more than a dozen community street ambassadors in Clayton, but there are still areas where volunteers are needed.
The scheme is being run by staff at Mercer House 1842 and participants will be given full training.
Barbara Sharples, community development worker, said it was also an opportunity to find out more about how local authorities operate.
She said: “It is important that we give local people the opportunity to stand up for their communities, to have a stronger voice and to learn how to influence and inform local policy.
“Things are constantly changing and there are new initiatives and funding all the time.
“Through this informal training we will enable people to engage in their communities, give them the knowledge and skills to represent their communities and they will learn how to lead and stimulate local action.
“We would like to hear from any local people who think they might like to get involved in their neighbourhoods or want to start up a neighbourhood or local community group.
“We would like a team of community agents across Clayton.”
The neighbourhood team was set up back in 2011 after a council-funded office was axed due to funding cuts.
Mercer House director and ward councillor Nick Collingridge said this is the first in a series of volunteer programme courses being made available through the community enterprise.
He said: “We would like to hear from individual residents and representatives from community groups about their training needs.
“The scope of the project is so wide that we are able to offer a variety of informal and formal courses and customise these to fit individual needs.”
An information day will be held at Mercer House on Friday, January 25 between 2pm and 7pm.