As a new councillor finding your feet, how do you plan to make your mark? What are the different ‘roles’ that you as a councillor might focus on, to do the most for your community? (or that your member services staff may help you consider).
This short event will quickly review key findings from main reports in the past decade – including Strong and Prosperous Communities, Representing the Future, Councillors on the Frontline. We will then explore relevant roles and styles – facilitating community development; fixing resident issues; watching over council decision-making; acting in your party group to promote your manifesto – to help you maximise your impact.
Participants will develop their understanding of:
- different roles councillors can prioritise to ‘make a difference’
- different styles councillors can develop and adopt
- recent key reports on the changing expectations of councillors
- personal targets – 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.
11:00 Registration and refreshments
11:15 Introduction: what does your community need? how do you want to make a difference?
- how councillors can make a difference
- discussion about communities’ needs/personal priorities
- participant examples of local issues
12:00 Context – changing expectations of councillors
- Strong and Prosperous Communities
- Representing the Future
- Councillors on the Frontline
- and other current research
12:30 What kind of councillor do you want to be?
and how style can help you make a difference
14:00 Maximising your impact
- setting your goals
- how your council can support you
- communicating with your electorate
- embedding your achievements
- passing on the baton
15:00 – 15:30 Tea/coffee and networking before departure