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Workshop: Being an effective councillor: Making a difference – doing it you...

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As a new councillor finding your feet, how do you plan to make your mark? What are the different ‘roles’ that you as a councillor might focus on, to do the most for your community? (or that your member services staff may help you consider).

What are the different ‘roles’ that you as a councillor might focus on, to do the most for your community? (or that your member services staff may help you consider).

This interactive L&D event will help you:

  • Reflect on your current successes – and challenges
  • Review key findings on the role of councillors from main reports in the past decade
  • Think about different roles and styles for councillors
  • Help you develop your own focus and plans to maximise your impact.

This event will quickly review key findings from main reports in the past decade – including Strong and Prosperous Communities, Representing the Future, Councillors on the Frontline. We will then explore relevant roles and styles – facilitating community development; fixing resident issues; watching over council decision-making; acting in your party group to promote your manifesto – to help you maximise your impact.

Participants will develop their understanding of:

  • different roles councillors can prioritise to ‘make a difference’
  • different styles councillors can develop and adopt
  • recent key reports on the changing expectations of councillors
  • personal targets – maintaining voter interest, embedding achievements, passing on the baton

This event will seek to involve participants throughout the session in discussing and developing their views.


Programme

10:15 Registration and refreshments

10:45 Introduction to the day:

  • being an effective councillor
  • making an impact
  • plan for the day

11:00 Your own experiences so far

  • how’s it going – have you found your feet ok?
  • how are you focusing, prioritising?
  • what does your community need?
  • are you making a difference?

11:45 Context – changing expectations of councillors

  • Strong and Prosperous Communities
  • Representing the Future
  • Councillors on the Frontline

12:15 What kind of councillor are you? what do you want to be?

  • Discussion

12:30 Changing roles and styles

  • ‘Resident fixer’
  • ‘Community facilitator’
  • ‘Scrutiny and guardianship’
  • ‘Activist’
  • ‘Executive and Leadership’

13:15 Lunch

13:45 Focus/prioritisation: community needs/making a difference

  • What does your ward want from you?
  • What do you want for your ward?
  • Community cohesion/Brexit
  • Discussion

14:15 Case studies

  • Small group work

15:00 Maximising your impact

  • setting your goals
  • council support and VS collaborations
  • staying in touch with your electorate
  • embedding your achievements
  • passing on the baton

15:15 Your own focus and plans - to maximise your impact

  • Individual/plenary discussion

15:45 Closing remarks

16:00 Ends


Who should attend?

For councillors in their first year or so since election and/or wanting to review their impact - and for member services staff supporting them – to develop councillors’ thinking/plans for how to make a difference.


Trainer:

Chris Naylor was a Ward Councillor and Cabinet Member (Housing) for 2006-14 in LB Camden, and in parallel invited on to the Communities and Local Government Parliamentary Backbench Committee, meeting weekly with Ministers. Before that he had a series of leadership and development roles in community and voluntary sector organisations, including the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation, the Rainer Foundation (now Catch 22), and engage (promoting access to art and heritage). As LGiU’s Head of Partnerships to 2017, He has had close contact with rural districts, counties, mets and unitaries to add to his direct experience of London Boroughs.

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