Empowering Parish and Town Councils in Northamptonshire

Training & Events Calendar

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Social Media Skills for Councillors

Tue, 02 Nov 2021 18:30

Course description
Social media offers Parish and Town Councillors as individually-elected members a fantastic opportunity to engage and communicate with their residents. Building up two-way conversations through the power of digital platforms has never been easier, but it can be tricky to get started and to know where to focus your time and effort as an individual Councillor. We walk you through the essential ways to get the most out of key social media platforms as a local Councillor, and provide top tips to engage with your residents

Who should attend
This course is aimed at councillors wishing to learn more about how to use social media

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Communications

Cost (per delegate)
£38 member
£76 non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

The Code of Conduct in Practice

Wed, 03 Nov 2021 19:00

Are you aware of your responsibilities as a Councillor under the Code of Conduct? If there was a planning application next door would you declare an interest? What type of interest? What if the application was down the road but opposite your good friend's house? This course will look at the practical operation of the Code of Conduct at parish and town council level and will answer all your questions as to what interests to declare and when. We will look at how the Standards regime has changed from a rules-based system to a principles-based one and we'll look at what the future might hold. The course will address practicalities such as dealing with requests for dispensations and making arrangements for Councillors who have declared an interest and need to leave the room. We'll look at the complaints process and discuss the range of sanctions that are available should a Councillor be found to be in breach of the Code. This course is suitable for all Councillors as well as clerks who are often put in the awkward position of providing advice to Councillors on their interests.

Welcome to our Virtual Classroom! These are not webinars. These are live, interactive 'classroom' based sessions led by one of our experienced trainers. You'll take part, ask questions and contribute to the group discussion in the same way you would if you were attending an open course. With whiteboarding, 'raise your hand', and screen sharing, our aim is to as closely as possible replicate the experience of attending one of our open training courses.

Who Should Attend
This course will be of particular interest to Councillors and clerks who are trying to do a good job and need to understand the framework within which they operate.

Course Tutor

Danny Moody, Chief Executive, Northants CALC

Cost per delegate
£38 members
£76 non members

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Planning Nuts and Bolts - fully booked

Mon, 08 Nov 2021 10:00

Description
An introductory training session for Parish/Town Councillors and Clerks covering the basic principles of planning including policy, applications, appeals and enforcement. This two hour session will also include tips on increasing the effectiveness of the responses that Parish and Town Councils send through to local planning authorities and the opportunity to ask questions of an experienced planning consultant who has worked for local Councils, a volume house builder and a planning consultancy.

Who Should Attend
Suitable for both Clerks and Councillors

Course Tutor

Lance Wiggins, Associate Director, Landmark Planning Ltd

Cost (per delegate)
£38 members
£76 Non Members

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Off to a Flying Start

Tue, 09 Nov 2021 10:00

This course is designed to help all Clerks and Councillors make an early, effective and confident start to their careers, by providing quality, constructive and participative training on the roles and responsibilities of Clerks and Councillors.

Who Should Attend
Suitable for new Councillors and existing Councillors to refresh their knowledge

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Managing difficult people and conversations

Mon, 15 Nov 2021 10:00

Course description
Managing professional relationships effectively is important, and this is particularly true for Clerks and local council officers. Yet whether it's with other officers or with councillors, sometimes difficult situations will present themselves, and it's vital to have the skills to manage the challenges. This session for local council officers explores practical techniques and ideas to manage difficult relationships in a council environment.

Who should attend
Whilst this course is primarily aimed at clerks and council officers, councillors are also welcome to attend

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Comms

Cost (per delegate)
£38 member
£76 non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Emotional resilience skills

Tue, 16 Nov 2021 10:00

Why do some people handle whatever life throws at them, while others tend to struggle? The answer is resilience. Resilience is the ability to recover from the inevitable problems that life throws at us. This session will focus on increasing your resilience and managing it as part of your wellbeing. Looking at self-care and self-awareness, we will lead you in the first steps to improving your resilience and developing a resilience journal.

Who should attend
For clerks and Council officers

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Communications

Cost (per person)

£38 member
£76 non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Leadership in the Community

Wed, 01 Dec 2021 10:00

This course follows on from our Chairmanship course and is designed to help delegates explore the skills needed to be an effective community leader, including developing awareness of different styles of leadership, looking at the key issues of the day affecting all councils, how to build a strategic vision for the community, the importance of good communication within the council and with the community, and how to get the whole council working as a team.

Who should attend
The course is suitable for chairmen/mayors, vice chairman/deputy mayors and other leading councillors.

Course Tutor

Danny Moody, CEO Northants CALC

Cost (per person)

£44 member
£88 non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly