Wednesday 22 November 2017

Regional Support for Councillor Development

Sub-Regional Member Development Skills Programme

Aim: To provide up to six skills workshops on relevant topics identified by each sub region.  Topics could include scrutiny skills, dealing with the media, community leadership/facilitator skills/, communication skills, public speaking, finance, mentoring skills, speed reading.

Who is it for?: The sub-regional programme provides comprehensive skills development opportunities for councillors and is flexible to meet the majority of needs of a particular sub-region. 

How will it work?: East Midlands Councils (EMC) will work with each sub region to identify their top 6 needs.  This can be via any existing sub regional councillor development network/group or through an informal steering group of officers and members set up for this purpose.  Based on the needs identified EMC will facilitate speakers, design flyers and co-ordinate the delivery within local authority venue(s) in your sub region.

Costs: East Midlands Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (EMIEP) are providing the funding for up to 6 half day workshops delivered in a local authority venue.

Venue: Venues to be agreed in the sub-region.

Next Steps: EMC will contact Member Development Officers in each sub region to ascertain interest and agree an appropriate way forward.

Other Relevant Information: EMC has previously supported Leicestershire and Rutland, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire with their respective sub regional member development programmes.  An example of how EMC has provided this type of support can be seen by clicking on the link below to a case study related to Nottinghamshire Member Development.  http://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/Sub-regional-member-development-support---case-study

Community Leadership Awards

This provides an opportunity for councillors to achieve recognition of the development of skills, knowledge and experience they have gained as councillors by being assessed against a suite of progressive ILM endorsed awards.  Assessment can include (depending upon the level) submitting a learning log, case study, report, doing a presentation, chairing a meeting and undertaking a professional discussion interview.  The awards follow the natural progression of a councillors development and assessment can take place on site at the authority without the need for training or travel costs.

 Click on the following link for further information: EMC Community Leadership Awards Flyer

Further information

For further information on any of the above please contact Lisa Bushell lisa.bushell@emcouncils.gov.uk or Lisa Butterfill lisa.butterfill@emcouncils.gov.uk