Many councils want to support communities to be more active, provide local services and solve more problems themselves. With growing pressures on public services and increased tensions in communities, there needs to be a wholesale shift from communities as passive consumers of services to a more meaningful level of engagement in their design and delivery.
This ground-breaking seminar is based on LGIU’s new exciting publication, ’Building Strong Communities’ being launched the same day. It can help both officers and Elected Members to build better organised, more resilient communities, working in partnership with the local authority. This workshop-style session is packed with examples from around the country, plus practical frameworks and tools to apply to your own setting.
The seminar includes:
- Seven key features of a ‘strong community’
- Community leadership roles for Elected Members
- Building community capacity through engagement
- Using social media for engaging communities
- Strategic approaches to strengthening communities.
Seminar participants are invited to stay on if they wish to for the LGIU publication launch event being held in the same venue at 4.30 pm.
09:30 Registration and Coffee
10:00 Introduction – what strengthening communities means in the current context
10:15 Seven key features of a strong community
10:30 Building capacity through community engagement – comparing different types of
engagement methods and area arrangements
11:30 Coffee break
11:45 Community leadership
13:45 Using social media for engaging communities
15:00 Tea Break
15:15 Strategic approaches to strengthening communities
15:45 Review – how can we use the materials?
Indicative timetable maybe subject to changes.
16:30 Invite to the LGIU publication launch event, held at the same venue.
Who should attend?
Councillors involved in community engagement
Officers involved in supporting members or with responsibility for engaging with the community.
The seminar will be led by Steve Skinner, MA, CIPD, who has extensive experience spanning over twenty years as a trainer and facilitator, working with local authorities, businesses, voluntary organisations, partnerships and public sector organisations. Steve has written several widely-used publications on community leadership and engagement. He was formerly a Policy Manager in Bradford Council and is now an LGIU Associate Trainer.
The social media part of the seminar is led by Maxine Moar, an LGIU Associate Trainer who specialises in social media and community engagement.