Is this programme for you?

This programme offers something to our members that complements the great in-house induction programmes that take place in councils and that’s where Life as a Councillor was born. Our previous life as a councillor programme garnered 150 attendees across over 25 organisations.

One of the benefits of this regional programme has been the opportunity for newly elected councillors to come together and build their networks beyond their own organisation.

This offers the council a real life induction to life as a councillor, guiding participants through what it means to be a 21st century councillor. This programme will cover the practical hands-on parts of the role as this programme is designed and facilitated by a local councillor who has lots of experience.

New in 2024

We are doing things differently this year by having three cohorts for councillors to choose from. The cohorts will comprise of three 90 minute sessions covering different topics that delegates are required to attend.

This is a free event however we will be implementing a cancellation policy.

Cancellation Policy

Although this is a free to attend event, we hold the right to charge bookings £50 for non-attendance without notification. Please ensure you email 24 hours ahead of the sessions to stop the no-show  charge. 

Programme Content

This Cohort will take place on 17 July 2024, 24 July 2024 & 31 July 2024 at 17:00 – 18:30.

You Must Attend All Three Sessions.

Module Breakdown

Module One: You’ve Been Elected, Now What?

In this first module, we’ll set the scene for what it means to be a Councillor; starting off with an introduction to local government, the roles, responsibilities and relationships and helping you to think through what kind of a councillor you want to be.

Module Two: Motions & Emotions

How does a Council tick… what are all the meetings for and what do they do.

Module Three: Developing as a Community Leader

In the final module, we’ll look at understanding and engaging with your communities and how to effectively manage expectations. We’ll help you stay connected, build your networks, and think about your ongoing development as a councillor.




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