England & Wales

Publication Launch: Building Strong Communities


Join us for drinks!

As part of the seminar by the same name – read more here –  the LGiU invite you to its publication launch ‘Building Strong Communities’ with author Steve Skinner and others.

Keynote Speech: Cllr Alan Waters, Leader of Norwich City Council and Head of Learning & Development, LGiU

Many councils want to support communities to be more active, provide local services and solve more problems themselves. With growing pressures on public services and increased tensions in communities, there needs to be a wholesale shift from communities as passive consumers of services to a more meaningful level of engagement in their design and delivery.

LGIU’s new exciting publication, ’Building Strong Communities’  can help both officers and Elected Members to build better organised, more resilient communities, working in partnership with the local authority.

You may also like to attend our related seminar taking place the same day – read more here.


Feedback on ‘Building Strong Communities’ for community engagement:

“It’s Brilliant!”  Alan Twelvetrees, Swansea, author and former lecturer in community development


16:30  Invite to the LGIU publication launch event, held at the same venue.

Keynote speech: Cllr Alan Waters, Leader of Council, Norwich City Council & Head of Learning & Development, LGiU

Steve Skinner, LGIU Associate Trainer & Director of Steve Skinner Associates, Author of Developing Strong Communities

Maxine Moar, LGiU Associate Trainer & Director of Moar Communities, present: Using social media

Stephen Perez, Red Zebra Community Solutions: The Community Perspective

18:00  Finish


Alan Waters (Cllr), Leader of the Council, Norwich City Council and Learning and Development Manager, LGIU. Alan has extensive experience in dealing with the practical political issues that face elected members around budgets. Alan has delivered a wide range of training and development programmes for the LGIU. He is a Member Peer with the Local Government Group and has been a trainer for the National Councillor Mentoring Programme. Steve Skinner, MA, CIPD, has extensive experience spanning over twenty years as a trainer and facilitator, working with local authorities, businesses, voluntary organisations, partnerships and public sector organisations. Steve has written several widely-used publications on community leadership and engagement. He was formerly a Policy Manager in Bradford Council and is now an LGIU Associate Trainer. Maxine Moar, has been involved in building local and national community engagement policies for over 10 years. She has been consulting community and using the results to work with partners organisations and elected members throughout that time and her work has been nationally recognised. She has worked with successive Ministers and Home Secretaries, Department of Communities and Local Government and countless local authorities across England and Wales.  She is constantly developing methods to work with and engage communities in an every changing world. Stephen Perez, Red Zebra Community Solutions
Who should attend?
This will be of interest to councillors and officers as well as those working local communities to improve their engagement.