Effective engagement with communities is now essential for local authorities. With reductions in budgets for services, many authorities are relying on communities to take action to solve problems and get involved in initiatives to tackle local needs.
This seminar is a practical training in the skills needed to support communities in achieving this. It includes a range of planning and facilitation techniques and methods that Elected Members and officers can use in community engagement at the frontline. Practical methods will cover, for example:
- organising effective community meetings and events – preparation, participatory ways to run meetings and events where people get actively involved
- how to help groups develop community initiatives and projects – translating ideas into action – planning tools, action planning, follow up
- practical ways to help local groups to be better organised and more active – facilitation methods, building links between groups
- how people can develop their skills as active residents and community leaders.
This seminar is for Elected Members and front line officers involved in community engagement or wanting to be more active. It builds on the popular series ‘Community Engagement in the Current Climate’ and will appeal to past participants, providing more practical skills and methods.
Practical Skills for Community Engagement
9:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Introduction – roles in community engagement; building stronger communities – what it means in practice.
10:30 Involving residents and groups in decision-making – organising effective community meetings; decision-making methods.
11:30 Enabling local action – facilitation techniques for planning and prioritising.
1:15 Social media – overview of methods
2:00 Joint working and bridge building – skills in networking and building relationships for effective action.
3:00 Building Capacity – developing skills and community organisations.
Who should attend?
Elected Members and Officers involved in supporting members or with responsibility for engaging with the community.
Steve Skinner is an LGIU Associate and 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 now 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.