ABOUT

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on many lives, the economy and local communities. Local (parish and town) councils are having to think differently about how they work, connect and engage with their communities to reflect this new context. Local councils were at the heart of the initial response to the pandemic and will play a vital role in the local leadership needed through the recovery and beyond.

Throughout the next 18-months, the new online event series will bring together national influencers, policymakers and decision-makers, along with people from across the local council sector to share the latest ideas and inspiration on how we can build back stronger and more resilient communities for the future.


EVENT TYPES

The online events will run in two different formats, Leaders talk and In conversation. All online events will run on the Zoom platform.

Leaders talk feature leading organisations and policymakers, which will give insight into how the national strategy is developing. It will consider the significant issues facing communities and provide a new perspective on them.

In conversation gives councillors and clerks from across the country, an opportunity to connect, share best practice and learn from one another from the comfort of their home or workplace.

NB: NALC reserves the right to change the programme at any time.


SCHEDULE


Leaders talk: Rebuilding sustainable communities *SOLD OUT*
28 September 2020 — 12.00 - 13:00
Sponsors: BHIB Councils Insurance, Blachere Illumination and CCLA
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40

So your local council has declared a climate emergency… what next? Hear from sector experts, experienced councillors and share your own stories on how to rebuild greener and more sustainable communities. We will talk about climate action plans, how to work with your principal authority and how to ensure your community assets are sustainable, and how to ensure your council’s biodiversity. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the awareness of the link between our own health, and that of the planet. We hope you will leave the event with a renewed passion for tackling climate change locally with confidence to activate it within your council.

Speakers: Sandra Bell, senior sustainability analyst at Friends of the Earth, Clara Goldsmith, campaigns director at The Climate Coalition and Peter McFadyen, Extinction Rebellion and former mayor of Frome Town Council


Health and Wellbeing Week 
26 - 30 October 2020
Sponsors: BHIB Councils Insurance, Blachere Illumination and CCLA
Single event: NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40
Full week (seven sessions): NALC member: £210 — Non-member: £260

Before lockdown, many local councils across England were stepping up to the plate to get involved in the health and wellbeing agenda in their communities. COVID-19 has now permanently embedded the crucial role local councils have to play in health and wellbeing in their areas. An updated, online follow on to NALC’s original Spring Conference 2020 — Health and Wellbeing Week will showcase the relevance of local councils to all major aspects of community health – ranging from the future of health to partnership working. Book onto this exciting week of Leaders talks and In conversation sessions for an essential blend of strategic, practical and community-facing outcomes for your council residents.

Health and Wellbeing Week event listings:


In conversation: Frome — youth first
17 November 2020 — 12.00 - 13.15
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40

Come and learn about Frome Town Council’s unique youth services offer. See how this dynamic council has engaged with all cross-sections of Frome’s young people during the COVID-19 lockdown, working with different local stakeholders. Learn about the council’s People’s Budget plans for a funded young people project. Find out about the council’s dynamic Link and Learn training for young people. See how the council is delivering its excellent Power of Play training – engaging with active young people whilst social distancing in Frome.

Speakers: Cllr Anita Collier, Kate Hellard, community development manager and Paul Wynne, town clerk, at Frome Town Council


In conversation: Biggleswade virtual study tour
26 January 2021 — 12.00 - 13:15
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40

Come and learn about Biggleswade Town Council’s unique approach to strategic planning. See how this dynamic council uses strategic planning to deliver projects across all local public policy areas, working with vastly different bodies. Be inspired by a town council from whom we should all be learning about how strategic planning can enable effective delivery of all types of public policy outcome.

Speakers: Cllr Madeline Russell and Peter Tarrant, chief executive and town clerk Biggleswade Town Council


Building back communities week
22 – 25 March 2021
Single event: NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40
Full week (seven sessions): NALC member: £210 — Non-member: £260

Before lockdown, many local councils across England had already proven beyond measure their worth to the resilience agenda in their communities. COVID-19 has now permanently embedded the crucial role local councils have to play in community resilience in their areas. An updated, online follow on to NALC’s original Annual Conference 2020 — Building Back Communities Week will showcase the relevance of local councils to all major aspects of community resilience during and after the COVID-19 lockdown – ranging from the future of community resilience to partnership working. Book onto this exciting week of Leaders’ talks and In conversation sessions for an essential blend of strategic, practical and community-facing outcomes for your council residents.