In the Brexit context, we often face increased division and tensions in our communities. Approaches to engagement need to be revised to address this challenge, especially to involve more marginalised and ‘hard to reach’ groups. Both Elected Members and officers have key roles to play in ensuring services address diverse needs and that outreach work with minorities is effective. This newly designed seminar explores practical methods to engage and involve diverse community groups and build effective relationships with a wide range of local interests and stakeholders. Combining presentations, activities, feedback and debate, the seminar draws on exciting work being published this year by LGIU in a new publication on community engagement.
9.30 Registration and Coffee
10.00 Introduction – understanding community groups and different identities
10.30 Drawing people together – different approaches – using creative methods of engagement.
11.00 Practical activity and feedback
11.30 Outreach work – from street parties to Facebook.
12.00 Practical activity and feedback
1.15 Experience from the streets of Leeds – guest speaker Rehan Majeed on working with refugees and migrants; discussion.
2.15 Building relationships through different settings – one-to-one; small groups; networks; partnerships.
3.00 Tea break
3.15 Building effective links at local level – practical activity
3.45 Over view on widening engagement – the way forward.
Please note this seminar addresses community engagement at local not corporate level. Programme is indicative only and may be subject to change.
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LGiU is a think tank and local authority membership organisation as well as a registered charity; and what we are about is pretty simple. We are all about people and the places where we live: we are about the everyday essentials that make life work – health, schools, homes, jobs, support, open spaces and the rest. And the thread that weaves through all our work is our core belief that all these essentials are best when they are designed and delivered locally.