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.


SCHEDULE


In conversation: Building back stronger communities
28 July 2020 — 12.00 - 13.00
Sponsors: BHIB Councils Insurance, Blachere Illumination and CCLA
NALC member: FREE — Non-member: £40

With 100 days of lockdown behind us and restrictions beginning to ease, now is the time to start looking ahead to how local councils can support their communities to rebuild and recover. Join this interactive event to hear from others across the most local tier of local government and share your aspirations and plans. We hope you will leave the event with a renewed passion for how your council can make a difference, and having met and heard from people across the country to get a wide and varied insight from across the sector.

Speakers: Cllr Christine Ward, Cottenham Parish Council and Cllr Mike Drew, Yate Town Council


Leaders’ talk: Building back stronger communities

25 August 2020 — 12:00 - 13:00

Sponsors: BHIB Councils Insurance, Blachere Illumination and CCLA

NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40

During the COVID-19 lockdown, communities have learnt how resilient they are, and local councils have proven how key they are to the response and recovery effort. But communities recover best and quickest when local agencies work together in partnership. Join this panel session to hear from others at different levels of local and central government, and also share and discuss your views. Also hear from community resilience experts about how your local council can best partner up and deliver sustainable post-COVID-19 solutions for your communities.

Speakers: Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the LGA, Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC and Bill Grimsey, Grimsey review lead

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Leaders' talk: Putting trees at the heart of your community
8 September 2020 — 12.00 - 13.00
In partnership with The Woodland Trust
NALC member: FREE — Non-member: £40

NALC is pleased to announce that we are hosting a free online event in partnership with The Woodland Trust. This event will cover how local councils can improve the health and wellbeing of residents, provide sustainable wildlife habitats and tackle climate change with woods and trees. You will come away from this event with an understanding of the role local councils can play by joining the Tree Charter Movement. We will also discuss how to obtain free tree packs and reveal how your community can take part in National Tree Charter Day celebrations in November 2020.

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Leaders' talk: Rebuilding sustainable communities
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.

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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

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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.

Leaders’ talk: Local councils and the COVID-19 health agenda
26 October 2020 — 11:30 – 12:30
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40

This session will be a strategic look at how local councils can influence and assist the health and wellbeing of their residents post COVID-19. Listen to a parliamentarian, sector experts and leading officials on the future of health and wellbeing and how local councils can play a vital role for their communities. In the context of COVID-19, how can local councils build stronger communities?

Leaders’ talk: The future of health challenges post COVID-19
28 October 2020 — 11:30 – 12:30
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40

This session will be a strategic look at how local councils can help their communities overcome the health challenges in their areas when the current pandemic eases. Listen to experts from Public Health England and a principal authority provide their vision on the future health challenges for communities and how local councils can support their communities to manage these issues.

In conversation: The future of health challenges post COVID-19
28 October 2020 — 13:30 – 14:30
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40

Following the same theme as the morning session, this interactive event will be a coalface practical look at how local councils can help their communities overcome the health challenges of their residents during and after COVID-19. Listen to local councils who have made a big difference to their communities during the COVID-19 lockdown and hear about the practical measures they took to add value to their residents’ quality of life during lockdown. Contribute your own take on these issues and the future health challenges for communities after COVID 19 and how local councils can support their communities to overcome these.

Leaders’ talk: Community revival through COVID-19
29 October 2020 — 11:30 – 12:30
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40

This session will provide an understanding of how to work in partnership across different areas of government and with other agencies during the COVID-19 crisis. How can local councils function with the cuts to financial aid, how will this affect local health services and how can local councils safeguard their residents against these cuts?

In conversation: Collaboration through health and wellbeing
29 October 2020 — 13:30 - 14:30
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40

Following on from a similar theme at the morning session, this interactive event will provide an understanding of how to work in partnership across different levels of local  government and with other agencies before and during the COVID 19 crisis. Share your own experiences of partnership working and hear how relationships and the common aim of serving parished communities has led to improved outcomes across a large county area.

Leaders’ talk: Local councils and hidden disabilities
30 October 2020 — 11:30 – 12:30
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40

Local councils are best placed to understand the hidden disabilities in their communities. Hear from sector specialist Ian Sherriff on how to recognise residents with dementia and epilepsy and how your local council can ensure their wellbeing and safety. You will also hear from two councillors who have installed projects in their area to support residents with hidden disabilities. You will come away with a unique understanding of what hidden disabilities look like, how your council can safeguard residents in local groups and the future of safe guarding post-COVID-19.

Leaders' talk: Supporting mental health in your community
30 October 2020 — 13:30 – 14:30
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40

In this final and closing session of the week, hear senior NALC chairman and staff summarise outcomes from across the week. With a focus on mental health to follow the morning session, hear a key stakeholder provide views on the critical relevance of local councils to the mental health agenda. Finally, listen to a parliamentarian offer a perspective on how local councils can make a big difference to reduce loneliness in rural and other places.


In conversation: Frome virtual study tour
17 November 2020 — 12.00 - 13.15
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40

Come and learn about Frome Town Council’s unique health and wellbeing offer. See how this dynamic council engages with all cross-sections of Frome’s residents working with the charity, voluntary and community sectors to deliver support health outcomes in areas where funding has been most cut in the town. Be inspired by a town council from whom we should all be learning about making a radical difference to residents’ health and wellbeing, especially in a COVID-19 context.

Speakers: Cllr Anita Collier and Paul Wynne, Frome Town Council

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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 Philip Truppin, Biggleswade Town Council

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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.