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

Health and Wellbeing Week 
28 - 30 October 2020
Sponsors: BHIB Councils Insurance, Blachere Illumination, CCLA, Came & Company Local Council Insurance, the Centre for Ageing Better, the Epilepsy Society, HAGS and Parish Online

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:


Leaders talk: The future of health challenges post COVID-19
28 October 2020 — 11:30 – 12:30
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40
Sponsors: BHIB Councils Insurance, Blachere Illumination, CCLA, Came & Company Local Council Insurance, the Centre for Ageing Better, the Epilepsy Society, HAGS and Parish Online

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 and principal authorities provide their vision on the future health challenges for communities and how local councils can support their communities to manage these issues.

Speakers: Olivia Butterworth, head of public participation at NHS England, Chrissie Geeson, head of localities and partnerships at Suffolk County Council and Jeremy Hughes CBE, consultant to the Royal Voluntary Service


Leaders talk: Collaboration for health and wellbeing
29 October 2020 — 11:30 – 12:30
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40
Sponsors: BHIB Councils Insurance, Blachere Illumination, CCLA, Came & Company Local Council Insurance, the Centre for Ageing Better, the Epilepsy Society, HAGS and Parish Online

Join this event to get a local and national perspective on how partnership working across different levels of local government and with other agencies can have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of local communities. You will hear how relationships and the common aim of serving parished communities have led to improved outcomes across Essex, plus hear how local partnerships can support more people to enjoy their later life.

Speakers: Danielle Frost, health and wellbeing officer at the Essex Association of Local Councils, Dr Mike Gogarty, director of wellbeing, public health and communities at Essex County Council and Justin Newman, director of strategy and partnerships at the Centre for Ageing Better


Leaders talk: Local councils and hidden disabilities
30 October 2020 — 11:30 – 12:30
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40
Sponsors: BHIB Councils Insurance, Blachere Illumination, CCLA, Came & Company Local Council Insurance, the Centre for Ageing Better, the Epilepsy Society, HAGS and Parish Online

Local councils are best placed to understand the hidden disabilities in their communities. Hear from sector specialists 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 safeguarding post-COVID-19.

Speakers: Cllr Liz Hitchins, chair of Dementia Friendly Parishes around the Yealm, Clare Pelham, chief executive of the Epilepsy Society and Ian Sheriff, academic partnership lead for dementia at the University of Plymouth

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Leaders talk: Supporting mental health in your community
30 October 2020 — 13:30 – 14:30
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40
Sponsors: BHIB Councils Insurance, Blachere Illumination, CCLA, Came & Company Local Council Insurance, the Centre for Ageing Better, the Epilepsy Society, HAGS and Parish Online

Now more than ever, the challenge of mental health is of increasing importance. This event will focus on those challenges and how local councils can support their communities. We are living through unprecedented times, where many are face isolation and fear that they have never experienced before. You will hear from the leading mental health charity and other organisations to learn about how to support mental health in your communities. You will be able to share your own experiences and ideas on how your council is finding solutions for residents on mental health.

Speaker: Amy Browne, stewardship lead at CCLA, Paul Farmer, chief executive at Mind and Imogen Smith, senior project officer at Communities Prepared

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In conversation: Frome — youth first
17 November 2020 — 12.00 - 13.15
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40
Sponsors: BHIB Councils Insurance, Blachere Illumination and CCLA

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: Rachel Griffin, marketing and communications manager and Kate Hellard, community development manager at Frome Town Council


In conversation: Biggleswade — strategic planning for larger projects
26 January 2021 — 12.00 - 13:15
NALC member: £30 — Non-member: £40
Sponsors: BHIB Councils Insurance, Blachere Illumination and CCLA

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 at 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.


SPONSORS

Find out more about our Rebuilding Communities online event series sponsors: