WALC Annual Briefing Day 2018

WALC Annual Briefing Day 2018

Focus on Local Democracy


Saturday 3 March 2018

This seminar is aimed at Councillors and Clerks both new and experienced.

the programme and speakers for the day is still being arranged

March 2018 will only be a little over a year before the next round of elections for most of our councils.  We are very aware of the difficulty many councils have in attracting people to stand as Councillors and with that in mind we are getting together a wide range of contributors to look at varying aspects of this problems and they will provide ideas on how you might encourage your communities to get involved.

  • We will have a discussion session with a representative from the government supported body Locality.
  • A talk from Professor Colin Copus from the De Montfort University who has conducted research into this topic.
  • The NALC Young Councillor of the year who is Mayor of Henley on Thames will be making a contribution
  • We also hope to have the Warwickshire Youth parliament represented
  • Finally for when you finally catch your new councillor we will have a session on the initial support run by Gill Lungley - an experienced Clerk in conjunction with PC Stuart Baker from Warwickshire Police

More will be announced shortly.

Workshops are being repeated both in the morning and afternoon, giving delegates a choice of two out of the four workshops offered.


9.00 am Coffee and registration 
  9.30 am Welcome and Introduction
  9.40 am  Speaker: Prof. Colin Copus (De Montfort University) will speak about their research into localism
 10.15 am  Speaker
10.45 am Refreshment Break
11.15 am Choice of workshops
2.  “Power to the People” with Meena Bharadwa from “Locality”

Gill Lungley and PC Stuart Baker
What needs to be done once you have your new councillor

  12.30 pm Hot Buffet Lunch Served - a chance to network with other councils
1.30 pm Choice of Workshops  (repeated, see above)
2.45 pm Speaker: Kellie Hinton: NALC Young Councillor of the Year and Mayor of Henley on Thames
3.15 pm Questons and close of Seminar

 The event will finish at 3.30pm

* It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the Association to change the content and timing   of the programme, the speaker, the date or the venue


  • £55.00 per delegate from councils in membership
  • £26.00 for County Committee members
  • £110.00 per delegate from councils not in membership


Prof. Colin Copus De Montfort University

Research into localism

Speaker from British Youth Council

How and why to set up Youth Councils


Kellie Hinton:- NALC Young Councillor of the Year and Mayor of Henley on Thames

A Focus on the Regeneration of Local Politics

    • How can we regenerate and revitalise local councils?
    • How can we involve young people in local politics?
    • How do local councils encourage a diverse membership?
    • How can we engage with modern society, utilising modern tools such as social media?

As a young local councillor of over six years, on a socially diverse local council, I will be using this session to help councils answer the questions above. By talking about the issues we face in recruiting younger and more diverse members, drawing on experience of helping change the face of local politics in my home town, referencing case studies and presenting a case for regenerating local councils before answering any questions, I aim to leave your members with something to think about.   


Workshop 1.
Workshop 2:

“Power to the People”
Structured discussion by   Meena Bharadwa  from “Locality”
The session will explore the future of localism; tips and tricks on how to engage with the community; empowering the community with examples of how they have worked with Parish Councils and finally discussing the challenges and how to overcome them.    

Workshop 3.
Workshop 4.
Workshop 5.

What needs to be done once you have your new councillor?
A discussion with Gill Lungley and PC Stuart Baker   

Pease note there is a limited capacity in workshop sessions and are allocated on a first come first served basis.  If we are unable to seat you in your choice you will automatically be placed on another session and be informed.




Event date 03-Mar-2018 9:45 am
Registered 0
Registration closes 22-Feb-2018
Individual Price £55 to member councils
Shire Hall (Warwick)
Market Square
Shire Hall (Warwick)

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