Oct
19
Thu
ADSO training course – “Working in a Political Environment” (Staffordshire County Council) @ Staffordshire County Council
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to improve their understanding of the roles of Members and Officers and to develop their political awareness.

 

Workshop topics:

  • Members and Officers – differences and similarities
  • Understanding the different roles of Members
  • The political context
  • Skills and behaviours for working effectively in a political environment
  • Protocols and codes of conduct
  • Case studies
  • Surgery – an opportunity for delegates to raise issues from their own Authorities
  • Learning points and action planning

 

To book a place on the course, please email: Adso.training@nottinghamcity.gov.uk with the following information:

  • Name and contact details (email and telephone)
  • Job title and Local Authority
  • Date and venue of course 
  • ADSO member yes/no?
  • Additional requirements (dietary etc)
  • Purchase order number (please note that we do not accept bookings without a purchase order number)
Oct
26
Thu
ADSO Regional event – East of England @ St Albans City and District Council
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am
ADSO Regional meeting – East of England @ St Albans City and District Council
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

ADSO Regional meeting – East of England

Thursday 26 October 2017 – St Albans City and District Council at 11am

Items for discussion

o          New Member Inductions

o          Member Development

o          Local Democracy Week

o          Qualifications

o          Review of Scheme of Allowances

Board Member, Director for Development, Sue Keogh will be joining us at this meeting.

For more details or any queries please contact: Joanna.Boaler@essex.gov.uk

Nov
6
Mon
ADSO training course – “Council and its Governance Arrangements” (Leicester City Council) @ Leicester City Council
Nov 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of Council meetings and different types of governance arrangements. The content is linked to the Council and Governance module of the ADSO Certificate so it will help learners with their research for this module.

 

Workshop topics:

  • Council meeting and its role
  • Range of powers and different types of Council meetings
  • Governance options and arrangements
  • Executive Arrangements : Leader and Cabinet and Elected Mayor and Cabinet options and how they operate
  • Case Studies: Council and Executive
  • Executive Arrangements – functions and decisions: a look at the decision making role and key decisions and the Forward Plan
  • Committee System: Looking at the committee system under the Localism Act 2011 and its role in Local Authorities
  • Case studies: Governance changes and decisions
  • Governance in the UK: looking at the different types of governance in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Evaluation of Executive arrangements and the Committee system

 

Presenters:

Frankie Belloli and John Austin – ADSO Associate Trainers

 

To book a place on the course, please email: Adso.training@nottinghamcity.gov.uk with the following information:

  • Name and contact details (email and telephone)
  • Job title and Local Authority
  • Date and venue of course 
  • ADSO member yes/no?
  • Additional requirements (dietary etc)
  • Purchase order number (please note that we do not accept bookings without a purchase order number)
Nov
17
Fri
ADSO training course – “Council and its Governance Arrangements” (LB Brent) @ London Borough of Brent
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of Council meetings and different types of governance arrangements. The content is linked to the Council and Governance module of the ADSO Certificate so it will help learners with their research for this module.

 

Workshop topics:

  • Council meeting and its role
  • Range of powers and different types of Council meetings
  • Governance options and arrangements
  • Executive Arrangements : Leader and Cabinet and Elected Mayor and Cabinet options and how they operate
  • Case Studies: Council and Executive
  • Executive Arrangements – functions and decisions: a look at the decision making role and key decisions and the Forward Plan
  • Committee System: Looking at the committee system under the Localism Act 2011 and its role in Local Authorities
  • Case studies: Governance changes and decisions
  • Governance in the UK: looking at the different types of governance in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Evaluation of Executive arrangements and the Committee system

 

Presenters:

Peter Sass, Wandsworth & Richmond Councils, James Kinsella, LB Brent

 

To book a place on the course, please email: Adso.training@nottinghamcity.gov.uk with the following information:

  • Name and contact details (email and telephone)
  • Job title and Local Authority
  • Date and venue of course 
  • ADSO member yes/no?
  • Additional requirements (dietary etc)
  • Purchase order number (please note that we do not accept bookings without a purchase order number)
Nov
23
Thu
ADSO Annual Conference 2017 @ Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Nottingham
Nov 23 – Nov 24 all-day

This year’s annual conference will take place in Nottingham, It will be held once again at the Doubletree Hilton in Nottingham on 23 and 24th November, with the dinner on the night of the 23rd.

The theme is ‘Democratic Services – Shaping the Future”. Following on from last year, we want to ensure that ADSO members continue to be as equipped as possible to deal with the political and other challenges, increased workloads and dwindling resources faced by all authorities. We are crafting a programme to reflect those needs and some of the workshops we will be running include:

  • delving deeper into new ways of working, including change management and income generation
  • a practical lesson in starting and working within a shared democratic service
  • good practice, current thinking and challenges for overview and scrutiny delivered by the Centre for Public Scrutiny.
  • Wigan (winners of last year’s ADSO Team of the Year Award) will be sharing the secrets of how to be the best Democratic Services Team and what they’ve been working on since.

Plus, Philip McCourt, the author of the latest  “Knowles on local authority meetings”, will be running a workshop to discuss and seek new ideas from democratic services practitioners for inclusion in the next edition.

Delegates have said the facilitated discussions are useful so we are sticking with them as part of the programme, If you are interested in running a facilitated discussion or have topic ideas, please get in touch.

Key note speakers are yet to be confirmed and there are additional workshops we are finalising, watch out for updates in the weekly newsletter.

Early bird bookings are now open until the 1st September, please visit here for the booking form.

Accommodation needs to be booked separately. You can do this by going to the Doubletree booking website and use the “Group Code” ADSO17 to receive the ADSO rate (£100 B&B).

Looking forward to seeing you there, if you have any queries please contact us: info@adso.co.uk

Sue

ADSO Director of Development