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Cambridgeshire Annual Parish Council Conference 2017

19 September 2017

Following on from the successful launch conference in 2016, we are running a further countywide event bringing local councils together to consider their ambitions and aspirations for the future.

Our two key speakers will be:

  • A representative from the National Association of Local Councils talking about the challenges and opportunities faced by Councils from a national perspective; and
  • Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire County Council launching the Cambridgeshire Town and Parish Council Development Plan. The Development Plan has been written in direct response to the sector surveys carried out earlier this year and we hope it will stimulate discussion regarding our ambitions and aspirations for Cambridgeshire’s Local Council Sector and provide a mandate for action.

The rest of the morning will be devoted to workshops providing bitesize training sessions for clerks and councillors on a number of topics identified as being of greatest interest and priority through the sector surveys:

  • Community Engagement: how to better engage with your community and involve them in the work of your Council;
  • Making Funding Applications: the best ways to make a funding ask;
  • Using Social Media: an overview of the tools you can use to communicate with your communities and each other; and
  • Employment Matters: guidance on best practice for the recruitment and employment of Clerks.

There will be a marketplace of stalls run by organisations that provide information, support and services to the local council sector, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and get free advice from local sector experts.

The Conference will conclude with an update on the Innovate and Cultivate Fund (formerly the Innovation Fund). Cambridgeshire County Council will provide an update and share details of how communities can apply.

We had a great turn-out to the event last year and we would like to see even more Town and Parish Councils represented this year. Councillors and Clerks are equally welcome.

How to book
Please book your place(s) by Friday 10 November 2017 by visiting Eventbrite and registering your attendance.

Please contact Diane Bayliss at Cambridgeshire ACRE on 01353 865040 or if you have any questions.

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