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Events for new councillors

View the latest events and webinars available for new councillors.


Personal Safety for newly-elected councillors 
Wednesday 10 July 2024, 2.00pm -3.40pm

This event, which is Government funded, has been specially devised for newly or recently-elected councillors who are keen to improve their awareness of personal safety. Built around the role of the elected member, the session is full of practical advice and guidance. Included within the webinar is advice on surgeries, canvassing, home visits and managing unexpected doorstep visitors.

What about the numbers? Understand them and use storytelling to get your messages across
Thursday 11 July 2024, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

You need to make sure your decision-making is evidence based - that the numbers back up what you want to do - but for many people ‘numbers mean maths’ and they are scared of maths! Even if you like numbers, you need to tell a story to get your message across. In this virtual event, funded by Government, we will help you understand and interpret numbers.

LGA National new councillors welcome event
Tuesday 16 July 2024, 5.00pm - 7.00pm

All newly elected councillors from across the country are invited to attend the LGA’s virtual national welcome event. This virtual event is an introduction to the Local Government Association and the support available to newly elected members. There will be the opportunity to explore the national challenges facing councils; hear from experienced councillors on their top tips to equip you in your new role and have a breakout session with councillors from the same LGA Political Group as yourself.

Handling online abuse and intimidation for newly-elected councillors  
Tuesday 23 July 2024, 2.00pm -3.30pm

Many councillors say that they are reporting unprecedented levels of abuse and threats on social media and are keen to learn strategies on how to manage posts which are potentially defamatory, inappropriate or threatening.

This practical programme which is government funded will provide attendees with an awareness of the steps that can be taken to manage trolls and cyber-bullies, including a gentle introduction to the legal framework around social media posts. There will be guidance on how to be safe online generally, as well as tips on how to create a positive online presence.

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