Are you a new or recently elected councillor finding your feet? How do you keep your head above water? How do you plan to make your mark? This workshop looks at the different ‘roles’ that you, as a councillor, might focus on for you and your community. This is an interactive session which aims to help you develop and understand:
- 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 – including 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.
10:15 Registration and refreshments
10:45 Introduction to the day:
- being an effective councillor
- making an impact
- plan for the day
11:00 Your own experiences so far
- how’s it going – have you found your feet ok?
- how are you focusing, prioritising?
- what does your community need?
- are you making a difference?
11:45 Context – changing expectations of councillors
- Strong and Prosperous Communities
- Representing the Future
- Councillors on the Frontline
12:15 What kind of councillor are you? what do you want to be?
12:30 Changing roles and styles
- ‘Resident fixer’
- ‘Community facilitator’
- ‘Scrutiny and guardianship’
- ‘Executive and Leadership’
13:45 Focus/prioritisation: community needs/making a difference
- What does your ward want from you?
- What do you want for your ward?
- Community cohesion/Brexit
14:15 Case studies
- Small group work
15:00 Maximising your impact
- setting your goals
- council support and VS collaborations
- staying in touch with your electorate
- embedding your achievements
- passing on the baton
15:15 Your own focus and plans – to maximise your impact
- Individual/plenary discussion
15:45 Closing remarks