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Personal safety: How to stay safe


Experience LGIU’s in-house training and brush up on your personal safety skills ahead of election season. This course is FREE to LGIU members and only £10 for nonmembers. Dive into the full version of this training by reaching out to us about bespoke training for your organisation.


The controversial decisions made by councillors along with the current political atmosphere could mean they are more exposed to personal safety risks. From canvassing to surgeries, councillors face difficult situations while serving their communities. That’s why we’re bringing you this FREE course chock-full of guidance to help you assess risk and adopt strategies to minimise potential hazards as part of your councillor role.

Key outcomes

Based on sensible tips and techniques the session will enable participants to:

  • Implement practical personal safety procedures based on advice from the Police and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust
  • Interact safely with members of the public
  • Stay safe when out and about
  • Keep safe online.

Who should attend

This programme has been specially written for councillors and candidates who want to review and improve their personal safety.

Your LGIU Trainer

Miranda Smythe has 30 years of experience helping organisations (mainly local governments) identify learning gaps and develop tailored, creative strategies to address their goals. Miranda is also involved in local community development activities and provides 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.

What others are saying about LGIU training

My personal safety session was really helpful — thanks so much for offering it! Keep up the good work to help us councillors during election season.”

– Mo, from Southampton