This sun was blazing, the sand was golden and the sea was blue in beautiful Bournemouth for this year’s LGA conference. But there was a clear divide between busy, lanyarded, suited and booted conference delegates and happy holiday makers. There was a mood of urgency and a clear sense that local government is on the […]
2019 marks 35 years since the first Volunteers’ Week. Councillors and officers can get involved.
Nick Plumb from Locality, explains what the Keep it Local Network is all about and how councils can become part of this movement.
A project or initiative doesn't have to be large-scale or headline grabbing to make a difference. In this post Emma Parry talks about Daventry District Council's Good Neighbour Schemes which aim to tackle the problem of isolation and loneliness among older people.
There is never a dull moment as a Lead Member. Councillor Nancy Maxwell, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety at South Tyneside Council shares with us the ins and outs of a week on the job.
In a second blog on handling conflict Perry Walker looks at how we might do things differently.
Perry Walker of TalkShop argues that we need to find a way to deal with conflict that doesn't increase division and animosity.
Following Janet Sillett's recent reflections on her visit to Auschwitz, Claudia Hyde from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust offers some pointers to councils wanting to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in January.
Notwestminster, the annual event for local democracy enthusiasts, experiences its fifth regeneration, “Citizens Assemble”, on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th February 2019, writes Spencer Wilson.
With limited fanfare, DCMS today launched the government’s latest civil society strategy proudly described as the first new such strategy in 15 years. Key features include a £165 million fund to support community organisations, a new Innovation in Democracy programme to pilot participatory democracy techniques such as citizens’ juries, more emphasis on public sector mutuals, […]