Group bulletin: 12 August 2022

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Group bulletin

12 August 2022


LGA Next Generation – free training and development opportunity

We want to support all our members who want to push themselves to be the best local leaders they can. The LGA’s Next Generation Programme offers ambitious and talented councillors an unparalleled political development opportunity – uniquely developed within party political traditions and with party political experts. The Programme equips emerging political leaders with the skills and confidence to be bold champions of local government and progress in their political careers.

Our Next Generation cohort of councillors also gets free access and accommodation to the LGA’s annual conference, being held in July 2023 in Bournemouth.

If you are interested please fill out the Next Generation Programme application form.

The Group Office or the programme’s coordinator, Michael Barrett, are more than happy to discuss the programme with you.

Personal safety of councillors – Monday 19 September, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

 As part of the LGA’s Civility in Public Life Programme, the LGA will be hosting a series of webinars on councillor personal safety and handling online abuse and intimidation. Built around the role of the elected member, the session is full of practical advice and guidance. Included within the webinar, are references to surgeries, canvassing, home visits and managing unexpected doorstep visitors. Attendees will be provided with copies of the slides and a handout which expands on the points made during the programme.

Other webinars in this series include: Handling online abuse and intimidation, Thursday 27 October 2022, 10.00am - 12.00pm Personal safety for councillors, Wednesday 7 December 2022, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Political Leadership masterclass -  support on Integrated Care Systems - Wednesday 7 September 2022, 10.00am - 4.00pm 

It is a time of significant and complex structural and legislative change across health and social care. Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) are an enduring part of the system. Aimed at HWB Chairs, this masterclass aims to provide an opportunity for political leaders to come together in person to reflect, share learning and work through leadership challenges with peers, as well as hearing from some authoritative speakers.

Date for your diary

A reminder that the Independent Group’s annual political conference will be held on Friday 28 October at the LGA’s offices in London as the conclusion to the political conference season. This is free to attend and open to all independent councillors and councillors from small political parties. Information on the agenda and how to book will be available in Cllr Marianne Overton’s regular bulletin next week.