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

Off to a Flying Start - fully booked

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 - fully booked

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

The Impact of Bullying in the Local Council Sector

Wed, 17 Nov 2021 10:00

We recognise there is an issue of bullying within the local council sector, not just locally but nationally and to mark Anti Bullying week we have scheduled a no. of events.

Northants CALC have partnered with SLCC to bring to you our final event for Anti-Bullying Week.

This particular session is not about defining the issue but defining the impact of bullying in the sector and finding solutions.

You'll hear from:

  • Paul Hoey, Co-Director at Hoey Ainscough Associates about the impact of bullying within the sector and the national perspective.
  • Clerk's perspective - SLCC
  • An update on the National Civility and Respect Project

Clerks and councillors are welcome to attend

Register for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ocuqvqD8pHNMlU44dPjGWJ_zj-W8P7aD5

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Planning Nuts and Bolts - fully booked

Mon, 22 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

Data Protection for Councillors

Tue, 23 Nov 2021 19:00

Whether you are an experienced Councillor or have only recently been elected, it is vital that you understand how data protection fits with your role as an elected member. With legislation and case law evolving, this interactive session will provide you with an opportunity to make sure you are getting the essentials right and ensure you are meeting your legal obligations as a Councillor.

Who should attend
This course is aimed at councillors to councils of all sizes

Course Tutor
Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate

£38 members
£76 non members

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

When booking onto this course, the details that you provide will be used to book you onto a third party website where you will receive booking confirmation. Your details will only be used for the purposes of sending joining instructions.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Budgeting for councillors

Mon, 29 Nov 2021 18:30

Topics include:
• setting a budget and precept
• Contingencies and reserves
• how the council tax base affects the budget
• Inflation
• budget monitoring

By the end of this session you will:
• Understand how and when to prepare a budget
• Know how to approve and issue a precept
• Be aware of the factors that affect a budget
• Understand how to manage a budget

Who should attend
All councillors would benefit from this course. You will need to have either attended Finance for Councillors or have a basic understanding of finance.

Course Tutor
Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP

Steve is a former Town Clerk and an accountant with 30 years' experience in public and voluntary sector finance. He now specialises in delivering training and advice on VAT and finance matters for the local council sector.

Cost per delegate

£30 Members
£60 Non Members

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

When booking onto this course, the details that you provide will be used to book you onto a third party website where you will receive booking confirmation. Your details will only be used for the purposes of sending joining instructions.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Budgeting for clerks and finance staff

Tue, 30 Nov 2021 10:00

Session overview:

This session is aimed at officers of parish & town councils, who are involved in preparing and monitoring budgets.

Topics include:
• setting a budget and precept
• Contingencies and reserves
• how the council tax base affects the budget
• Inflation
• budget monitoring

By the end of this session you will:
• Understand how and when to prepare a budget
• Know how to approve and issue a precept
• Be aware of the factors that affect a budget
• Understand how to manage a budget

Who Should Attend
Officers and councillors that want to get to grips with preparing and managing a budget.

Course Tutor

Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP

Cost per delegate
£30 Member
£60 Non Member

Please note: the course is open to all county associations and will therefore have clerks and councillors not from Northamptonshire in attendance. We hope that this will allow for this course to be delivered more often and throughout the year.

When booking onto this course, the details that you provide will be used to book you onto a third party website where you will receive booking confirmation. Your details will only be used for the purposes of sending joining instructions.

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