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. 

Cohort Dates

Cohort OneCohort TwoCohort Three
Module One: Wednesday 5 June 2024, 17:00 – 18:30Module One: Tuesday 4 June 2024, 14:00 – 15:30Module One: Wednesday17 July 2024, 17:00 – 18:30
Module Two: Wednesday 12 June 2024, 17:00 – 18:30Module Two: Tuesday 11 June 2024, 14:00 – 15:30Module Two: Wednesday 24 July 2024, 17:00 – 18:30
Module Three: Wednesday 19 June 2024, 17:00 – 18:30Module Three: Tuesday 18 June 2024, 14:00 – 15:30Module Three: Wednesday 31 July 2024, 17:00 – 18:30
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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.

It’s a rollercoaster ride, the whole campaign, the pledges you made during the campaign, what you thought life would be like as a Councillor…. During this session we will take a realistic look at the “now what”…

How are the political decisions made? Who are the key people you need to know? How will you manage your time and put boundaries in place? What is casework and how will you manage resident expectations? What are your roles and responsibilities and what support might you need.

You will be awash with questions and some trepidation. We use session one to share concerns, top tips about how to start your personal development as a Councillor.

Module Two: Motions and Emotions

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

In this session we will look at the more formal structures of Council life and take a walk through some of the meetings.

We will also focus on telling your story… what makes a good speech and how can I get my message out there. We will explore speech writing techniques and importantly how to say the words out loud.

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.

You’re a community leader but what is your leadership style? Who do you need around your table to help you achieve your leadership vision? What are your next steps for your personal development and what support do you need?

We will also look at your wellbeing and making sure that you have strategies in place to help support your emotional resilience.

Being a Councillor is a role like no other, these sessions take a realistic and conversational peer support approach to helping you navigate the first few months.


Seek out your best mentors in your more experienced colleagues, when in any doubt or unsure don’t be afraid to ask and lastly prioritise. Remember the old saying, ‘you can please some of the people some of the time….’

-Councillor Mike Booth, Hyndburn Borough Council

Being a Councillor is an immense privilege – you can literally change someone’s life for the better by knocking on a door and helping the person who answers it.  But doing a great job starts with getting the right training, and this course was invaluable in giving me what I needed to hit the ground running.

– Councillor Julie Fadden, Liverpool City Council