In-house support for Councillors in the East Midlands

Skills Development Workshops

Skills Development Sessions

East Midlands Councils offer a range of workshops for councillors which can be delivered either in house directly to a local authority, or held regionally, enabling councillors from across the East Midlands to attend.

Locations of our events

We hold many of our events at our base in Melton Mowbray, but also work with local authorities to hold the sessions in other locations and have recently held workshop with the support of Blaby District Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Supporting the Delivery of In-House Training

Our events held regionally (that are open to all councillors) can also be held within inidividual authorities and we would happy to support councils to bring these sessions in house.

When sessions are held within a authority (delivered in-house) East Midlands Councils will work with the council to understand what is important to be achieve from the training and in objectives of those taking part.  Based on this detailed understanding of your needs we will support your authority to identify the most appropriate trainer/facilitator.

Sessions and programme can be tailored to the needs of your authority with the flexibility to run short bite size sessions through to full day workshops.

When sessions are held in-house for authorities we support councils to identify the right trainer to support your needs and then the trainer delivers the session at your authority at the time that works for you.  To maximise opportunities to attend sessions can be repeated on the same day or held in the evening.  Our goal is to understand your specific needs and support you to achieve them.

Examples of our recent skills workshops for members

East Midlands Councils are proud to support local authorities with their Councillor Skills workshops.  Our recent skills workshops have included;

  • Chairing Skills and Effective Meetings
  • Scrutiny and Finance Scrutiny workshops
  • Communication Skills (Dealing with Difficult People)
  • Personal Resilience for Councillors
  • Influencing/Persuading Skills
  • Public Speaking and Media Skills
  • Speed Reading

The list above is not exhaustive but just a sample of some of the sessions we can offer, we work closely with a large variety of expert trainers to ensure quality of the sessions that we deliver.

Some of the positive feedback we have received:

  • “The course was interactive and the exercises worked in a very standard way. I feel that it is one of the better courses I have been on.”
  • “It will help me to implement some intergenerational project groups within my ward”
  • “Great, this was really useful and enjoyable, I learnt a great deal in such a short period of time”

If you would like more information about the support we offer please contact Kirsty Lowe  

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Personal Development Planning for Councillors

The East Midlands Councils team offers support to local authorities with Personal Development Planning for Councillors.  The support we provide is always tailored to the individual needs of the authority and can include;

  • Scoping and designing the approach and relevant documentation.
  • Facilitating the PDP's - either on an individual or collective basis.
  • Training others to facilitate PDP's.
  • Supporting mid-term review processes.
  • Analysis and reporting - evaluating the process.

We always work with the authority to understand what they are looking to achieve and work with them to develop a focused plan for delivery.

For more information on our Personal Development Planning Support offer and for an informal conversation please contact Lisa Butterfill

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Impact and Influence Workshop for Councilors

Developing Impact and Influence, Tailored Workshop on Politicians and Personality

EMC offers a workshop for political leadership teams, committees/scrutiny groups, partnership groups or individuals, which explores how communication, leadership and management of change skills can be enhanced through knowledge of your own preferences and those of others, using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

The workshop that qualified and experienced East Midklands Councils team mebers devlievr are designed and tailored specifically to your needs and outcomes and can take place on site at your authority or, if you prefer, at our offices in Melton Mowbray. The attached flyer provides more information on what you might expect from the workshop.

Knowing your own preferences (or MBTI type) and knowing how to communicate and act with other preferences is key to developing effective impact and influence.

For more information and to discuss further please contact Lisa Butterfill on 01664 502643 or

Flyer Politicians and Personality - Developing Impact and Influence

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