Empowering Parish and Town Councils in Northamptonshire

Training & Events Calendar

Social Media for Councils Part 2

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 09:00

Beyond Facebook: how councils can make use of Instagram, Twitter and other platforms to get their message across


More and more Councils are looking to use a range of social media platforms in order to increase their digital reach into their community. Instagram and Twitter are two key platforms that offer a range of benefits for Councils. This practical session looks at how to get started and what strategies and techniques are working well for councils like yours.

Who Should Attend
Clerks, Councillors and officers wanting to know how to use social media platforms

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate
£38+ VAT members
£76+ VAT 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

How to Write a Winning Funding Bid ***NEW***

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 19:00

Writing grant applications and funding bids can be a frustrating process and it can often feel like you spend hours writing bids for little success. This course will guide you through the steps that you need to take to make your funding and grant applications more successful. You'll learn how to avoid commonly made mistakes and gain the confidence and know-how that you need to win funding.

This course will cover:

  • What you need to think about before applying
  • Building a relationship with the grant awarding body
  • Hints and tips for what to include in your application

Who Should Attend

Clerks, officers and councillors who would like to learn some of the core principles for writing winning grant and funding applications.

Course Facilitator

Alex Rex, Programmes Officer at Northamptonshire Community Foundation

Cost per delegate
£38 member
£76 non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

VAT for unregistered councils (VAT126)

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 10:00

For clerks, finance staff and councillors from councils that are not VAT registered, but reclaim VAT on Form VAT126.

This session explains how VAT affects local councils. Essential for any council contemplating major building projects.

Topics include:
• how VAT law applies to local councils
• where to find the law and guidance
• business and non-business activities
• understanding whether sales are taxable or exempt from VAT
• when a council must register for VAT
• when VAT can be reclaimed
• Partial exemption
• Reclaiming VAT when using grants and donations

By the end of this session you will:
• Know where to find the relevant legislation and guidance
• Understand the key concepts of VAT
• Know when a council can or can't reclaim VAT
• Recognise when a council must register for VAT
• Be aware of activities that require special attention

Who Should Attend?
RFOs, Clerks, finance staff, councillors on the finance committee and councillors who wish to develop their knowledge in this area.

Course Tutor

Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP

Cost (per delegate)
£30+ VAT members
£60+ VAT 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

 Communicating with your community Part 2

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 11:00

This session will help you consider practical and effective ways for your Council to systematically and proactively find out what really matters to people living within your parish, through a range of print and digital tools.

Discover the tools, strategies and techniques needed to not just better promote your own messages but also to better hear and respond to the voices within your local community, and get buy-in on your vision for your community's future.

Who should attend
This course is open to Clerks, Officers and Councillors wanting to engage with their community.

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate
£38+ VAT members
£76+ VAT 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:
Marie Reilly
Contact:
Online

Finance for Councillors

Wed, 30 Nov 2022 18:30

Session overview:

This session is designed to give councillors a greater understanding of their duties with regard to the council's finances. Topics include:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • setting a budget and precept
  • Financial control
  • How VAT applies to local councils
  • The Annual Return
  • Internal and external audit

Session benefits:

By the end of Local Council Finance you will:

  • Understand the council's duties regarding financial management
  • Be aware of relevant legislation and sources of guidance
  • Understand how VAT law applies to your council
  • Be aware of how the council's accounts are prepared and audited
  • Recognise the importance of internal controls

Who should attend
All councillors would benefit from this course

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+VAT Members
£60+VAT 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

New Clerk's Finance - Fully booked

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 10:00

This introductory session is for inexperienced clerks in their first few months and is designed to give them an overview of a council's year, along with a basic understanding of the RFO's role.

If you have 9 month's experience or more, this session is unlikely to cover anything you don't already know. so you may benefit from the following more detailed sessions on budgeting, Internal Control, Year-end and VAT instead.

Topics include:
• Roles and responsibilities
• Setting a budget and precept
• Internal control
• The Annual Governance & Accountability Return
• Internal and external audit

By the end of the session you will:
• Be aware of relevant legislation and sources of guidance
• Be able to describe the key financial activities in a year
• Be aware of how the council's accounts must be prepared and audited
• Recognise the importance of internal controls

Who Should Attend
Clerks new to the sector with less than 9 months experience in the role

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 + VAT Members
£60 + VAT 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

Data Protection for Councillors

Thu, 01 Dec 2022 18:30

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+ VAT members
£76+ VAT 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

Finance for Councillors - FULLY BOOKED

Tue, 06 Dec 2022 10:00

Session overview:

This session is designed to give councillors a greater understanding of their duties with regard to the council's finances. Topics include:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • setting a budget and precept
  • Financial control
  • How VAT applies to local councils
  • The Annual Return
  • Internal and external audit

Session benefits:

By the end of Local Council Finance you will:

  • Understand the council's duties regarding financial management
  • Be aware of relevant legislation and sources of guidance
  • Understand how VAT law applies to your council
  • Be aware of how the council's accounts are prepared and audited
  • Recognise the importance of internal controls

Who should attend
All councillors would benefit from this course

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+VAT Members
£60+VAT 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

How to Write a Winning Funding Bid ***NEW***

Tue, 06 Dec 2022 10:00

Writing grant applications and funding bids can be a frustrating process and it can often feel like you spend hours writing bids for little success. This course will guide you through the steps that you need to take to make your funding and grant applications more successful. You'll learn how to avoid commonly made mistakes and gain the confidence and know-how that you need to win funding.

This course will cover:

  • What you need to think about before applying
  • Building a relationship with the grant awarding body
  • Hints and tips for what to include in your application

Who Should Attend

Clerks, officers and councillors who would like to learn some of the core principles for writing winning grant and funding applications.

Course Facilitator

Alex Rex, Programmes Officer at Northamptonshire Community Foundation

Cost per delegate
£38 member
£76 non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Data Protection & GDPR for Clerks & Officers: Part 1

Tue, 06 Dec 2022 12:30

In an ever-evolving legislative landscape, it is vital that Councils ensure they have the most up-to-date understanding of their data protection and related obligations. This session walks Councils through the principles of GDPR and related legislation including PECR, what it means in practical terms and the systems and processes Councils should have in place to ensure they are working towards sustainable compliance.

Who Should Attend
Clerks and Officers who wish to develop their knowledge in this area.

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate
£38+ VAT members
£76+ VAT 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

Leadership in the Community

Tue, 06 Dec 2022 19:00

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+ VAT member
£88+ VAT non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Community infrastructure Levy (CIL) and S106 - cancelled

Wed, 07 Dec 2022 10:00

Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy – a session for Parish/Town Councillors covering the existing Section 106 agreements regime and providing an introduction to the Community Infrastructure Levy. The training will include a section of ensuring that the requests for financial and other contributions that Parish and Town Councils submit are as persuasive as they can be.

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a planning charge which helps to deliver infrastructure in an area to support local development. West Northamptonshire Local Authorities (Northampton, Daventry and South Northamptonshire) have adopted CIL and North Northamptonshire Councils are still considering whether to adopt this charge.

The Localism Act 2011 amended the CIL regulations to ensure that a 'meaningful proportion' of this charge would be directed to those areas where development occurs. This has resulted in Town and Parish Council's receiving payments which they can decide how it will be spent on local infrastructure.

This workshop will;

  • Inform you what CIL is, what the charging regime is for West Northamptonshire Councils and how the charge is applied and collected
  • Examine exemptions from CIL and what this means for Town and Parish Councils
  • Explain how CIL sits alongside site specific Developer Contributions (s106 agreements)
  • Describe what CIL can be spent on by the 'collecting authority' (Regulation 123 list) and how Town and Parish Councils can spend their payments and explain the difference in payments if you have a Neighbourhood Plan.
  • Explain what the reporting requirements of CIL are for Town and Parish Councils
  • Provide case studies of what CIL payments may represent for different areas with and without a Neighbourhood Plan

Who should attend
Suitable for Clerks and Councillors

Course Tutor

James Wilson, Director, James Wilson Associates - Planning and Development Services

Cost per delegate
£38+ VAT members
£76+ VAT non members

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

 Communicating with your community Part 2

Thu, 08 Dec 2022 10:00

This session will help you consider practical and effective ways for your Council to systematically and proactively find out what really matters to people living within your parish, through a range of print and digital tools.

Discover the tools, strategies and techniques needed to not just better promote your own messages but also to better hear and respond to the voices within your local community, and get buy-in on your vision for your community's future.

Who should attend
This course is open to Clerks, Officers and Councillors wanting to engage with their community.

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate
£38+ VAT members
£76+ VAT 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:
Marie Reilly
Contact:
Online

Managing difficult people and conversations

Mon, 12 Dec 2022 09:00

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

Procurement

Tue, 13 Dec 2022 10:00

This session is an introduction to the basics of procurement for local councils – inviting quotes, producing specifications and tender documentation, achieving competition and value for money, managing contracts.

Topics include:
• Procurement thresholds
• Basic terminology and steps involved in procurement
• Estimates, quotes and tenders
• Specifications
• Quality and value for money
• Advertising, including Contracts Finder

Session benefits:
By the end of Contracts and Procurement you will:
• Be aware of procurement thresholds
• Recognise when you must advertise on Contracts Finder
• Understand how to produce a specification for what you want
• Understand the basic terminology and steps involved in procurement
• Be able to ensure your procurement achieves value for money

Who should attend
Clerks, Officers and Councillors involved in procuring goods and services, preparing tenders or entering into contracts on behalf of local councils.

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+ VAT Members
£60+ VAT 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

Recruiting and retaining a more diverse pool of councillors ***NEW***

Tue, 13 Dec 2022 10:00

Course description
How can you find and encourage a more diverse pool of people to stand or be co-opted as town or parish councillors? It is increasingly hard to find people who are willing to put their names forward either at election time or to be co-opted. We explore effective ways councils and councillors can engage people over time, building up their awareness and interest in the work of the council, in order to better promote and demystify the role of a councillor.

Who should attend
Councils wanting to know how to encourage more, and diverse, people to stand as a councillor.

Course tutor
Breakthrough Communications

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

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

How councils can more effectively engage with young people ***NEW***

Wed, 14 Dec 2022 14:00

Course description
Young people are often a hard-to-reach demographic for councils a engage with. In this session we explore what we mean by young people, what issues matter to them, how to effectively reach and engage with them both online and offline, and how to build partnerships with youth-focused organisations.

Who should attend
Councils wishing to engage more with the younger community.

Course Tutor
Breakthrough Communications

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

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

CiLCA Focus Session

Thu, 15 Dec 2022 10:00

To support clerks through their learning journey we are introducing CiLCA focus sessions. You can use these as a dedicated time and space to complete some of your portfolio work, to ask questions about specific Learning Outcomes or for general support in building your portfolio.

These sessions are optional and free of charge to those who have attended CiLCA training.

To attend a session please click a date and register using the link. If you have anything specific you would like to be covered please email mreilly@northantscalc.com.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Social Media for Councils Part 1

Thu, 15 Dec 2022 11:00

Social media provides town and parish Councils a unique opportunity to significantly enhance their communications – yet few Councils are fully reaping the benefits on offer. Moreover, few councils have a clear social media strategy in place. This comprehensive course looks at how to build a social media strategy that seeks to promote your services and key council priorities.

Who should attend
Clerk, officers and Councillors wanting to create an effective social media strategy for their council

Cost per delegate)

£38+ VAT members
£76+ VAT 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

Data Protection & GDPR for Clerks & Officers: Part 2 ***NEW***

Thu, 15 Dec 2022 14:30

This advanced data protection session deep dives into how councils are required to demonstrate accountability with GDPR. We consider the lawful bases for how councils process personal data and we explore how to create different policies and documents, including your Privacy Notice and Data Protection Impact Assessments.

Who should attend
Clerks and officers

Course Tutor
Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate

£38+ VAT members
£76+ VAT 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

Freedom of Information essentials for Local Councils

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 13:00

This course looks at what requirements and obligations local councils have when it comes to Freedom of Information and related legislation. We look at what policies and procedures councils should have in place, how to ensure officers and councillors are aware of their obligations and what steps to take when you get an FOI request.

Who Should Attend
Clerks and Councillors who wish to develop their knowledge in this area.

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate
£38 members
£76 non members

Please note: 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

Data Protection & GDPR for Clerks & Officers: Part 3 ***NEW***

Tue, 20 Dec 2022 14:00

This advanced data protection session considers how to deal with data subject rights requests, including Subject Access Requests. We explore specific steps to take to ensure you are compliant with the legislation, and we consider what exemptions may apply, and when. We also explore the importance of Information Security for local councils and what this means in practice.

Who should attend
This course is aimed at clerks and officers

Course Tutor
Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate

£38+ VAT members
£76+ VAT 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

Communicating with your community Part 1: creating a communications strategy

Wed, 21 Dec 2022 12:00

Course description
Everything should start with a strategy – and good communication is no different. To get the most from an increasing range of communications platforms and tools, it's vital that your Council has a strategy that supports the delivery of your Council's existing aims and objectives. We walk you through best practice for creating an effective communications strategy that fits with the needs and aspirations of your Council, whilst making best use of communication opportunities available to you.

Who should attend
Clerks and Councillors wishing to develop an clear and effective communications strategy

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate
£38+ VAT members
£76+ VAT 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

Social Media for Councils Part 2

Thu, 22 Dec 2022 11:00

Beyond Facebook: how councils can make use of Instagram, Twitter and other platforms to get their message across


More and more Councils are looking to use a range of social media platforms in order to increase their digital reach into their community. Instagram and Twitter are two key platforms that offer a range of benefits for Councils. This practical session looks at how to get started and what strategies and techniques are working well for councils like yours.

Who Should Attend
Clerks, Councillors and officers wanting to know how to use social media platforms

Course Tutor

Breakthrough Communications

Cost per delegate
£38+ VAT members
£76+ VAT 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