Are you a new or recently elected councillor finding your feet? How do you keep your head above water? How do you plan to make your mark? This workshop looks at roles and objectives that you, as a councillor, might focus on for you, your council, your community.
This is an interactive session to help you explore and develop your priorities, including:
- different roles councillors can use to ‘make a difference’
- recent key reports on the changing expectations of councillors
- personal targets – including maintaining voter interest, embedding achievements, passing on the baton
This event will seek to involve participants throughout the session in discussing and developing their views.
10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:15 Introduction to the day:
- what’s an effective councillor
- making an impact
- plan for the day
10:30 Your own experiences so far
- finding your feet
- getting to know your council and your ward
- community engagement
- staying focused and making a difference?
11:00 What’s needed? current pressures/priorities
- climate change
- and…potholes? parking?
11:15 Coffee break
11:45 Context – changing expectations of councillors
- Strong and Prosperous Communities
- Representing the Future
- Councillors on the Frontline
12:15 Changing roles and styles
- ‘Resident fixer’
- ‘Community facilitator’
- ‘Scrutiny and guardianship’
- ‘Executive and Leadership’
13:45 What kind of councillor do you want to be? What kind of councillor are you?
14:00 How can you make a difference?
- Opportunities to help your ward
- Opportunities to help your council
- Manifesto commitments; surveys/surgeries; community feedback
- Quick wins; campaigns; brokering/facilitation
14:15 Maximising your impact
- setting goals and timelines
- maximising council support and VS collaborations
- messaging before, during, after
- steering groups/critical friends
- feedback and review
14:45 Making plans – small group work
- Developing your/colleagues’ ideas
15:30 Making a difference – key points
15:45-16:00 Tea and Farewells