ADSO represents staff working across all areas of democratic support in local authorities, joint authorities and employers’ organisations. With over 1000 members, we have grown from strength to strength and are now the nationally recognised professional body for the Democratic Services sector. We are committed to promoting excellence, promoting the sector and providing a comprehensive range of high quality learning and development opportunities at low cost
Chairman’s Weekly Message
We had the ADSO Board meeting on Friday 16th September. Thanks to Derek Gadd at London Councils for continuing to provide the venue for us to meet in such comfortable and convenient surroundings. I was delighted to welcome Frankie Belloli to his first meeting as the new regional representative for London. Frankie was very instrumental in setting up the London Branch and I know he will be a great asset to the Board.
I mentioned previously that we are planning to rebuild the website. I’m pleased to say that we have now agreed to commission a company to do this for us and we hope to have the new site up and running in the new year. Wayne Chandai our Director of Communications will be surveying all members shortly to hear your views on both how you use the current website and how useful you find Democracy Direct. Your feedback is vital to ensure we provide the services you want. So please make the effort to respond.
With regard to Democracy Direct, the Board was disappointed to see that a relatively low number of members access it each week. The fact that you are reading this shows that you are one of those people so thank you for that. The work around the new website and related matters will streamline the process for accessing Democracy Direct in the future which hopefully will encourage more members to use it. In the meantime, please remind your colleagues of the useful information they are missing out on.
The conference programme is all but complete and bookings are increasing. It’s going to be a great event. We have a new venue in Nottingham, a varied programme and an excellent after dinner speaker in Matt Forde a political satirist who is just beginning a new TV programme on Dave. We also have the Sheriff of Nottingham in attendance to present the ADSO awards! So don’t delay. Book your place now before it’s too late.