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Online Training: Personal Safety (Lunchtime Special)


As part of our local elections support, this programme has been developed for participants who would benefit from the opportunity to reflect on the way they manage their own personal safety.

Based on a 75-minute session, the programme covers:

  • Principles of personal safety
  • Use of mobile telephones and technology
  • Canvassing and home visits
  • Trolls and cyber-bullies.

Each participant will receive a copy of the PowerPoint slides and links to a comprehensive LGiU Guide on Personal Safety.



Welcome (10 mins)

  • Introduction to the session
  • Programme objectives
  • Quick hello and personal aims

Principles of Personal Safety (10 mins)

  • Building a personal safety strategy
  • Areas of vulnerability


  • Staying safe against covid

Mobile Telephones and Technology (15 mins)

  • Using your mobile telephone: important numbers
  • Mobile personal safety apps
  • Personal alarms

Canvassing and Home Visits (20 mins)

  • Planning and preparation
  • Tips and techniques for safe meetings

Trolls and Cyberbullying (15 mins)

  • Tips for staying safe online
  • Action to take

Session Review (5 mins)

  • Summary of key points
  • Delegate feedback and close.


NB: This session will be hosted on the Zoom video-conferencing platform.  



Miranda Smythe

Miranda has 30 years’ experience in helping organisations (mainly local government) to identify learning gaps, and to develop tailored, creative and relevant strategies for meeting these needs with a view of helping them meet their objectives.  Miranda is also a Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) Associate Trainer and has been involved in developing bespoke programmes for Councillors including speed reading and personal safety.

In addition to her formal role, Miranda is also very involved in local community development activities, providing mental health awareness sessions for many not-for-profit organisations.  She is Chair of a local homelessness charity and has been instrumental in developing and facilitating community leadership initiatives in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Who should attend?

This will be relevant for any councillor or candidates who want to stand as a councillor in this year’s local elections on 6 May 2021. This programme has been specially written for Councillors who want to review and improve their personal safety.