England & Wales

Seminar: Building Strong Communities



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.

This ground-breaking seminar is based on LGIU’s new exciting publication, ’Building Strong Communities’ being launched the same day.  It can help both officers and Elected Members to build better organised, more resilient communities, working in partnership with the local authority.   This workshop-style session is packed with examples from around the country, plus practical frameworks and tools to apply to your own setting.

The seminar includes:

  • Seven key features of a ‘strong community’
  • Community leadership roles for Elected Members
  • Building community capacity through engagement
  • Using social media for engaging communities
  • Strategic approaches to strengthening communities.

Seminar participants are invited to stay for drinks to attend the LGIU publication launch ‘Building Strong Communities’ being held at the same venue from 4.30 pm to 6.oo pm.  

Feedback on ‘Building Strong Communities’ for community engagement:

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


09:30  Registration and Coffee

10:00  Introduction – what strengthening communities means in the current context

10:15  Seven key features of a strong community

10:30  Building capacity through community engagement – comparing different types of

engagement methods and area arrangements

11:30  Coffee break

11:45  Community leadership

12:45  Lunch

13:45  Using social media for engaging communities

15:00  Tea Break

15:15  Strategic approaches to strengthening communities

15:45  Review – how can we use the materials?

16:00  Finish

Indicative timetable maybe subject to changes.


REGISTER HERE to attend FREE publication launch

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, Author of Developing Strong Communities

Maxine Moar, Using social media

Drinks served.

18:00  Finish


The seminar will be led by Steve Skinner, MA, CIPD, who 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. The social media part of the seminar is led by Maxine Moar, an LGIU Associate Trainer who specialises in social media and community engagement.
Who should attend?
Councillors involved in community engagement Officers involved in supporting members or with responsibility for engaging with the community.