Empowering Parish and Town Councils in Northamptonshire

Training & Events Calendar

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 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

Planning Nuts and Bolts

Mon, 03 Oct 2022 19:00

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, Lion Planning

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

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

VAT for VAT registered councils

Thu, 06 Oct 2022 10:00

For clerks, finance staff and councillors from councils that are VAT registered, who wish to develop their knowledge (VAT registered councils have a 9-digit registration number, submit quarterly VAT returns online and charge VAT on taxable sales. If your council submits a VAT126 claim, it is not VAT registered).

This session explains when and how VAT registered local councils charge VAT, when they can reclaim it and when they can't. 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 to charge VAT
• VAT rates
• when VAT can be reclaimed
• VAT returns
• Partial exemption
• Non-business activities
• 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 charge 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

Parish Mapping - Next Steps Workshop

Thu, 06 Oct 2022 10:00

All parish and town councils need access to good quality maps and aerial photography of their area. Whether it be for Neighbourhood Planning, looking at the potential impact of a planning application, or recording where the dog bins are, digital mapping is at the heart of efficient and effective council management.

Northants CALC is collaborating with our partners at Parish Online, suppliers of mapping tools to more than 850 parish and town councils across the UK for over 10 years, to put on an event to showcase the benefits and advantages of online mapping.

This session is aimed at councils that have registered with Parish Online already and want to know how to get the most out of the system. Perhaps the council signed up a while ago but hasn't yet learnt how to maximise the system to best advantage. Perhaps whoever in the council that uses the system has "How do I…?" questions.

  • Advanced Tasks
  • Sharing Parish Online with colleagues
  • Styling
  • Configuring layers
  • Data extract
  • Public Map

To find out more about the features and benefits of Parish Online and to see pricing information for your council (based on population) please go to http://www.parish-online.co.uk.

Who Should Attend
Clerks and councillors are welcome to attend both sessions, which will be particularly valuable to those that have already identified the need to purchase an online mapping system, or to those that have recently purchased Parish Online but have not yet used it.

Course Tutor

Chris Mewse, Parish Online

Cost (per person)
Free

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Data Protection for Councillors

Thu, 06 Oct 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

Off to a Flying Start

Fri, 07 Oct 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

Fri, 07 Oct 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

Data Protection & GDPR for Clerks & Officers: Part 1

Fri, 07 Oct 2022 13:00

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

CiLCA Group 1 Day 7

Tue, 11 Oct 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

Tue, 11 Oct 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 7

Wed, 12 Oct 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

Budgeting for clerks and finance staff

Thu, 13 Oct 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

Chairperson and Leadership Training

Thu, 13 Oct 2022 18:30

The course will cover a range of topics including:

  • How to conduct an efficient and effective council meeting
  • Dealing with disruptive Councillors and/or members of the public
  • The statutory role of Chairman – and all the other roles you weren't told about when you were elected!
  • How to deal with new legislation affecting council meetings, including the new right for meetings to be recorded without notice
  • The one secret that will make your meetings better – and shorter!
  • How to build a council that works effectively as a team

At the end of the workshop there will be time allocated for a Q&A session.

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 is suitable for the council's Chairman/Mayor, Vice Chairman/Deputy Mayor as well as all chairmen of committees.

Course Tutor

Danny Moody, Chief Executive, Northants CALC

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

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Responding to Planning Applications

Mon, 17 Oct 2022 19:00

Course description
This course looks at the practical element of responding to planning applications. What should and shouldn't be included in your responses. The following areas are covered:

  • Pre-application inquiries
  • The process: time scales
  • Assessing the application
  • The parish council response
  • What happens next?
  • Appeals and legal challenges

Who should attend
This course is for clerks and councillors that have previously attended Planning Nuts and Bolts or have a sound knowledge of planning policy.

Course tutor
Steve Ellis was a Planning Officer at Daventry District Council. He retired from Daventry District Council in March 2021, after nearly 13 years at the authority. He is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Cost per delegate
£38+ VAT Member
£76+ VAT Non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Budgeting for clerks and finance staff

Tue, 18 Oct 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

Assets of Community Value (ACV) - North

Tue, 18 Oct 2022 19:00

This course is specifically aimed at Councils under North Northamptonshire Council. A course for the West is to be confirmed.

Under the Localism Act 2011, Parish Councils and community groups can nominate an asset to be registered on the assets of community value register giving communities the opportunity to collate a bid for an asset should it be sold on the open market. All communities have assets that are of great importance to them but do they all qualify as an Asset of Community Value? You'll hear directly from North/West Northamptonshire Council to know what is needed when submitting a nomination for an ACV.

This course will cover:

  • Background to ACV
  • Summary of Legislation including key points
  • Unitary Authority Role as arbitrator of process
  • Unitary Authority Policy and process
  • Parish & Town Councils role

Who Should Attend

Clerks, officers and councillors from councils in the North Northamptonshire Council area are welcome to attend.

Course Facilitator

Edwina Crowley, Head Asset Management, North Northamptonshire Council

Cost per delegate

£38+VAT member
£76+VAT non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

CiLCA Focus Session

Wed, 19 Oct 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

Finance for Councillors

Wed, 19 Oct 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

AMP - Things to Consider Conference

Thu, 20 Oct 2022 09:30

There's lots of thing to consider before taking on a new asset or service from have you got the power to take it on, the right resources to run a new service or even the man hours to manage the transfer.

We've developed this conference to help get you thinking about some of the things you need to think about or have in place when considering taking on a new service or asset.

This conference will be online and is free to attend as part of AMP and the Community Renewal Fund. Below is a timetable for the event. You will get an opportunity to hear from the following speakers:

  • Parkinson Partnership - Finances and VAT implications
  • Personal Advice and Solution - Employment related implications
  • BHIB Insurance - Insurance and risk assessment requirements
  • Breakthrough Communications - Getting community buy in and community engagement
  • Wellers Hedley - leases, contracts and legal implications

Who should attend
Clerks, officers and councillors are welcome to attend

Cost

Free to member councils

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ocuGurDIuG9AZ2oeShYmGV51gNbGtUaYU

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Social Media for Councils Part 1

Thu, 20 Oct 2022 10:00

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

Assets of Community Value (ACV) - North

Fri, 21 Oct 2022 10:00

This course is specifically aimed at Councils under North Northamptonshire Council. A course for the West is to be confirmed.

Under the Localism Act 2011, Parish Councils and community groups can nominate an asset to be registered on the assets of community value register giving communities the opportunity to collate a bid for an asset should it be sold on the open market. All communities have assets that are of great importance to them but do they all qualify as an Asset of Community Value? You'll hear directly from North/West Northamptonshire Council to know what is needed when submitting a nomination for an ACV.

This course will cover:

  • Background to ACV
  • Summary of Legislation including key points
  • Unitary Authority Role as arbitrator of process
  • Unitary Authority Policy and process
  • Parish & Town Councils role

Who Should Attend
Clerks, officers and councillors from councils in the North Northamptonshire Council area are welcome to attend.

Course Facilitator

Edwina Crowley, Interim Head of Property, North Northamptonshire Council

Cost per delegate

£38+VAT member
£76+VAT non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Social Media for Councils Part 2

Mon, 24 Oct 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

Social Media Skills for Councillors

Tue, 25 Oct 2022 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+ VAT member
£76+ VAT non member

Venue:
Online
Contact:
Marie Reilly

Communicating with your community Part 1

Wed, 26 Oct 2022 13:00

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

 Communicating with your community Part 2

Thu, 27 Oct 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

Managing difficult people and conversations

Mon, 31 Oct 2022 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

Budgeting for clerks and finance staff

Tue, 01 Nov 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

VAT for unregistered councils (VAT126)

Thu, 03 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

Data Protection for Councillors

Thu, 03 Nov 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

Data Protection & GDPR for Clerks & Officers: Part 1

Fri, 04 Nov 2022 12:00

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