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Widening Community Engagement

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

Widening Community Engagement

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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

12.30 Lunch

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.

4.00 Finish


Please note this seminar addresses community engagement at local not corporate level.  Programme is indicative only and may be subject to change. 


Speakers include:


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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