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Community Engagement in the current climate

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Thursday, 9 February 2017 from 09:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

Community Engagement in the current climate

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Early Bird LGiU Members 6 Jan 2017 £157.45 £0.00 £31.49
Early Bird Non-Members 6 Jan 2017 £202.45 £0.00 £40.49
LGiU Member 9 Feb 2017 £174.95 £0.00 £34.99
Non Member 9 Feb 2017 £224.95 £0.00 £44.99

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Effective engagement with communities is essential for local authorities. However reductions in budgets for services often means frontline members face challenges to their role and the authority needs to rely on communities more to solve their own problems. Traditional models of consultation and engagement do not address the current dilemmas enough, yet in this changing and challenging environment, the ability of elected members and officers to involve and empower communities is now more important than ever. The seminar will help participants to strengthen their understanding of current approaches to engagement. The seminar includes:

  • Identifying current challenges and opportunities
  • Examples of different approaches to community engagement
  • Comparing different engagement methods and considering their advantages and disadvantages
  • Looking at the roles councillors can adopt to develop new relationships with communities
  • A practical model on building stronger communities.

This is a down to earth seminar that will prompt frank debate and identify key issues facing frontline councillors. It will give participants plenty of opportunity to explore different approaches, which they can apply in their work as officers or local councillors.



9:30    Registration and Coffee

10:00  Introduction – Key challenges in the current climate around community engagement

10:30  Levels of engagement – the Ladder of Participation – a framework for planning support

10:40  Methods of engagement – pros and cons     

11:30  Coffee break

11:45  Roles in engagement – Elected Members as ‘community leaders’ in the changing climate  

12:30  Lunch

13:45  Local arrangements for engagement – examples of area based working

14:15  Building Stronger Communities – a model

14:30  Approaches - Building skills and confidence in communities 

15:00  Tea Break

15:15  Approaches - Building groups and enterprise   

15:45  Review - how can we use the materials?

16:00  Finish  

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The trainer Steve Skinner was formerly a policy manager in the Bradford Council. He has published extensively in the field of community engagement and has recently carried out research on engagement and community leadership.  He works as a trainer and consultant with local authorities, voluntary organisations and partnerships across England and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.


Who should attend:


                                    Councillors involved in community engagement


Officers involved in supporting members or with responsibility for engaging with the community.



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251 Pentonville Road
N1 9NG London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 9 February 2017 from 09:30 to 16:00 (GMT)

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