Empowering Parish and Town Councils in Northamptonshire

Training & Events Calendar

CiLCA Group 1 Day 6

Tue, 06 Sep 2022 09:30

Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) is a Level 3 accredited and recognised qualification for the Local Council Sector, designed to test basic levels of competence for the role of parish clerk. CiLCA has been designed to cover all aspects of the clerk's role and learners are required to compile a portfolio of evidence to show they fully understand their job.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Finance for Councillors - FULLY BOOKED

Tue, 06 Sep 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

CiLCA Group 2 Day 6

Wed, 07 Sep 2022 09:30

Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) is a Level 3 accredited and recognised qualification for the Local Council Sector, designed to test basic levels of competence for the role of parish clerk. CiLCA has been designed to cover all aspects of the clerk's role and learners are required to compile a portfolio of evidence to show they fully understand their job.

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Off to a Flying Start - POSTPONED

Fri, 09 Sep 2022 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.

Key areas covered include:

  • Roles and responsibilities within the Council
  • Powers and duties
  • General Power of Competence
  • Elections
  • Different types of meetings
  • Community engagement
  • Finance

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

Course Tutor

Marie Reilly, NCALC Training Manager

Cost per delegate
£44+ VAT member
£88+ VAT non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

New Clerks Autumn 2022 - DATE CHANGE

Sat, 10 Sep 2022 10:00

This course provides a broad understanding of the role and responsibilities of a town or parish clerk. This course is a must for newly-appointed clerks, or clerks who feel they could benefit from some formal training.

Who Should Attend?
Suitable for clerks and aspiring clerks

Date & Time (delegates must attend both days)
Day 1 Saturday 10 September 2022 10:00-16:00 RESCHEDULED TO Saturday 17 September 2022 10:00-16:00
Day 2 Saturday 17 September 2022 10:00-16:00 RESCHEDULED TO Saturday 24 September 2022 10:00-16:00

Venue
Online

Course Tutor
Danny Moody

Cost per delegate
£185+ VAT members
£370+ VAT non members

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

The Code of Conduct in Practice

Tue, 13 Sep 2022 10:00

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+ VAT members
£76+ VAT non members

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

VAT for unregistered councils (VAT126)

Tue, 13 Sep 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

Empowering Parish and Town Councils ***NEW***

Wed, 14 Sep 2022 10:00

  • Do you find you've not got enough time for work and are always chasing your tail?
  • Do you struggle to switch off when on leave as it feels like you're never on top of tasks?
  • Are you constantly thinking about what needs doing next?

If you've answered yes to any of the above then this course is for you! We will look at ways to help you to work in a more efficient way without creating extra work, build on the current skills of the council and how to build capacity within your council to work more effectively and possibly take on new services.

We will cover:

  • Having the right resources
  • How to use and build on your skills effectively
  • How to use The Council's skills
  • Developing a culture of improvement

Who Should Attend
Clerks, officers and councillors are welcome to attend.

Course Facilitator

Marie Reilly, Training Manager, Northants CALC

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

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Budgeting for clerks and finance staff

Thu, 15 Sep 2022 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+VAT Member
£60+VAT 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

New Clerks Autumn 2022 - DATE CHANGE

Sat, 17 Sep 2022 10:00

This course provides a broad understanding of the role and responsibilities of a town or parish clerk. This course is a must for newly-appointed clerks, or clerks who feel they could benefit from some formal training.

Who Should Attend?
Suitable for clerks and aspiring clerks

Date & Time (delegates must attend both days)
Day 1 Saturday 10 September 2022 10:00-16:00 RESCHEDULED TO Saturday 17 September 2022 10:00-16:00
Day 2 Saturday 17 September 2022 10:00-16:00 RESCHEDULED TO Friday 7 October 2022 10:00-16:00

Venue
Online

Course Tutor
Danny Moody

Cost per delegate
£185+ VAT members
£370+ VAT non members

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Empowering Parish and Town Councils ***NEW*** - POSTPONED

Mon, 19 Sep 2022 19:00

  • Do you find you've not got enough time for work and are always chasing your tail?
  • Do you struggle to switch off when on leave as it feels like you're never on top of tasks?
  • Are you constantly thinking about what needs doing next?

If you've answered yes to any of the above then this course is for you! We will look at ways to help you to work in a more efficient way without creating extra work, build on the current skills of the council and how to build capacity within your council to work more effectively and possibly take on new services.

We will cover:

  • Having the right resources
  • How to use and build on your skills effectively
  • How to use The Council's skills
  • Developing a culture of improvement

Who Should Attend
Clerks, officers and councillors are welcome to attend.

Course Facilitator

Marie Reilly, Training Manager, Northants CALC

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

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Budgeting for clerks and finance staff

Tue, 20 Sep 2022 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+VAT Member
£60+VAT 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

Queen’s Green Canopy - West - POSTPONED

Tue, 20 Sep 2022 10:00

Queen's Green Canopy - West - POSTPONED

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Queen’s Green Canopy - North - POSTPONED

Tue, 20 Sep 2022 14:00

Queen's Green Canopy - North - POSTPONED

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Empowering Parish and Town Councils ***NEW***

Tue, 20 Sep 2022 19:00

  • Do you find you've not got enough time for work and are always chasing your tail?
  • Do you struggle to switch off when on leave as it feels like you're never on top of tasks?
  • Are you constantly thinking about what needs doing next?

If you've answered yes to any of the above then this course is for you! We will look at ways to help you to work in a more efficient way without creating extra work, build on the current skills of the council and how to build capacity within your council to work more effectively and possibly take on new services.

We will cover:

  • Having the right resources
  • How to use and build on your skills effectively
  • How to use The Council's skills
  • Developing a culture of improvement

Who Should Attend
Clerks, officers and councillors are welcome to attend.

Course Facilitator

Marie Reilly, Training Manager, Northants CALC

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

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Social Media for Councils Part 2

Wed, 21 Sep 2022 12:00

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

 Communicating with your community Part 2

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 12:00

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

An intro to Employment law

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 17:00

This session will cover the following:

  • Putting a recruitment campaign together, including job adverts, application forms, interview questions and selection process.
  • Checklist for inducting a new Employee, including health and safety requirements.
  • Issuing the right contract, such as permanent, part time, fixed term / casual, zero hours and self employed.
  • Calculating holiday entitlements.
  • Managing Sickness and Sick Pay.
  • Addressing Grievance and Discipline issues.
  • Appraisals.
  • Terminating employment and notice entitlements.

Who Should Attend?

The course is for both clerks and councillors/chairmen. We would recommend that as a minimum, a representative from the council as the employer attends (i.e. a councillor).

Course Tutor

Mr Chris Moses, MD, Personnel Advice and Solutions Ltd

Cost per delegate
£38+ VAT Members
£76+ VAT Non Members

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Communicating with your community Part 1: creating a communications strategy

Wed, 28 Sep 2022 14:00

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

Finance for Councillors

Wed, 28 Sep 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

CiLCA Focus Session

Thu, 29 Sep 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

Budgeting for clerks and finance staff

Thu, 29 Sep 2022 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+VAT Member
£60+VAT 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

Northants CALC 75th AGM

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 16:19

Northants CALC is 75 years old on 20 September 2022 (just the Association, not any of its staff!).

Our 75th Annual Conference will be held on Saturday 1 October 2022 at the Kettering Conference Centre and to celebrate the anniversary it will be expanded from the normal 3-hour event to a 5½-hour event with lunch included.

We surveyed the Councillor Panel initially and then all member councils to ask what topics and content the conference should have, and we used the results to design what we hope will be a fantastic event.

The doors will open at 0915 for hot bacon rolls on arrival and delegate registration. The Conference will open at 1000 and there will be sessions in the morning on Northants CALC's past, present, and future, Neighbourhood Planning, and Community Safety & Policing. Lunch will be from 1215 to 1330 to allow plenty of time for delegates to network and to meet the exhibitors.

There will also be One2One surgeries running during lunchtime for delegates to bring their questions to.

In the afternoon there will be a Question Time panel debate and a keynote address on climate change from Edmund Gemmel who inspired the Northamptonshire Larger Councils Partnership (NLCP) members so much last year.

The conference will close at 1535 and delegates will be sent away with a goodie bag which will include a slice of our 75th birthday cake! Numbers are strictly limited to 150, so be ready to act as soon as bookings open in July! Member councils are invited to send up to two delegates each, so it might be worth deciding who those will be now, so you are ready to book. There is a huge amount to do to deliver this event for you, but we promise you that it will be a great day and that it will deliver real value and interest for your council. We ask that delegates commit to being with us for the whole time; we won't be locking the doors at 1000 but it is a whole day event, and it is important to us that everyone stays until 1535.

Venue:
Kettering Conference Centre
Contact:
Marie Reilly