Tuesday 22 September 2020

Hitting the Ground Running 9 Months In

Member Development Session for Newly Elected Members: Hitting the Ground Running 9 Months In

This session is open to all councillors who have been newly elected (for the first time) in May 2019 from across the East Midlands. 

Building on the initial EMC/LGA induction session that ran in July, this follow up session is aimed to explore the areas of development and knowledge that matter most to newly elected councillor now that you’re more established in your role.  You will have the opportunity to ask the questions of experienced councillors, as well as meet newly elected members from other local authorities.  Through this, the session will help you develop a wider perspective on your role, help foster greater confidence and establish a network of peers from across the region to support you and sharing learning.     

The programme for the afternoon will include;

Reflections on the first 9 months

  • an opportunity to reflect on your first 9 months as a Councillor and share your experiences with others
  • an opportunity to identify key issues they would still like to make progress on                                                                      

Political Group Surgery

Delegates to split into their political groupings creating a safe space to ask experienced councillors, as well as fellow peers, questions, or bring topics and challenges which they would like to share learning or seek advice on.  

Where next for local government?  

A strategic session discussing the future opportunities and challenges for local government in context of a new Government and its policy direction. 

Workshops including 

Tackling climate change locally

With around 230 councils having declared a climate emergency, this is an increasingly important priority for local areas.  Delegates are asked to come prepared to share what their authorities are doing so to share learning with and from other delegates.  There will also be the opportunity to hear from Cllr Andrew Cooper (Member of the LGA Climate Change working group) about the LGA’s lobbying and support activities, and how councils can get involved. 

Member – Officer Relations

Building a constructive and collaborative relationship between councillors and officers is an essential ingredient in any successful council and takes understanding and work on both sides. This session will explore this relationship and provide pointers on how to develop a style and approach that you are comfortable with, and that enables you to be most effective in your day-to-day duties.

Looking after yourself and personal resilience

Local leadership comes with various pressures and demands, and there are growing concerns about the impact of public intimidation and toxicity on locally elected politicians. This session will explore these pressures and demands, and discuss methods, top tips and support for building up personal resilience, maintaining a sense of wellbeing and meeting the different demands of being an effective community leader.

Event Information 

Date and Time - Friday 14 February 2020, 13:00 - 16:00

Venue - Nottinghamshire County Council, County Hall, Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, NG2 7QP

Costs - the event is subsidised by the LGA and East Midlands Councils and will therefore be free for Councillors to attend

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