Jul
1
Fri
North East, Yorkshire and Humberside Regional meeting @ Microsoft Teams
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

For Microsoft Teams link and passcode, please contact michael.robson@northtyneside.gov.uk  or katherine.harclerode@rotherham.gov.uk

 

Jul
5
Tue
Part 1: Structures and Functions: The anatomy of Local Government @ Online via Zoom
Jul 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

ADSO are delighted to announce the launch the interactive, virtual course ‘Structures and Functions: The anatomy of Local Government’.  This course will be delivered as two two hour workshops held virtually.  Delegates will be required to attend both of the virtual workshops.

Audience
This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the different kinds of local authorities, what they do and how they fit into the wider government landscape of the UK.  The target audience will be those who are relatively new to democratic service teams and those with a few year’s experience.

The content is also linked to the Council and Governance module of the ADSO Certificate so it will help learners with their research for this module.

How the course will be delivered
The course will be delivered virtually, to maximise the delegates learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops.

The workshops will

  • Help learners understand local government in its wider context
  • Describe the evolution of local government to the present
  • Invite learners to discuss and dissect the structure of local government today

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.

Trainer
Ian is a solicitor who has worked in local government in the UK for more than thirty years. He is presently Head of Governance at Fylde Council in Lancashire, where he has worked seventeen years. Ian was council’s statutory Monitoring Officer for nine years and has acted as Deputy Returning Officer for local, national and European elections.

Ian is a past chair of the North West branch of the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors.

Date and time

  • 5 July 2022 – 9:30 – 12:00
  • 13 July 2022 – 13:30 – 16:30

Delegates are required to attend both workshops. Please note that you only need to book to attend the workshop on 18 May to be able to attend both workshops.

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 per person to attend the course

All costs subject to VAT.

ADSO reserve up to two places on this course for an ADSO learner depending on demand – please contact us if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

Please note that the invoice will come from the Association of Democratic Service Officers, please ensure that any purchase order number is made out to ADSO.  if you have any questions relating to this please email kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk

How to book a place
Please book a place using our online booking form, please note that you will only need to book to attend the first session to attend both.

The terms and conditions of booking can be found here.

Click here to bookhttps://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/adso/Council-and-its-Governance/76152

Virtual Platform
The virtual workshop will be held using Zoom.

South East Regional Meeting
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

For further information, please contact your regional reps as follows:

Eastern (Kent and Sussex)

Matthew Archer (Canterbury City Council)

Email: matthew.archer@canterbury.gov.uk

Western (Hampshire and Surrey)

Sally Prior (Test Valley Borough Council) and Kevin Greenhough (Hampshire County Council)

Email: SPrior@testvalley.gov.uk
Email: kevin.greenhough@hants.gov.uk

Jul
7
Thu
Part 2: Just a Minute @ Online via Zoom
Jul 7 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

ADSO is hosting the highly popular, virtual course ‘Just a Minute’.  Just a Minute will be delivered as two, two and a half hour workshops held virtually.   Delegates will be required to attend both of the virtual workshops.

Audience
This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who are required to take minutes of meetings.   The target audience will be those who are relatively new to democratic service teams and those with a few years experience.

How the course will be delivered
The course will be delivered virtually, to maximise the delegates learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops.

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.

This workshop aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge to write a local government minute, including:

  • An understanding of the law relating to local government minutes
  • Tips and good practice for local government minute writing
  • An awareness of the different minutes styles used for different types of meetings
  • The opportunity to apply your knowledge in practical exercises and case studies with colleagues from other local authorities.

You will need to bring pen and paper, or laptop, or your own preferred minute writing medium!

Trainer
The virtual workshops will be led by Ian Millichap.  Ian has over 30 years’ experience of working in local government and has spent 15 years in senior roles.  He has previously worked for London Borough of Southwark as head of the committee governance team.  Ian has Clerked Full Council, Cabinet and all Major Committees and has experience of both Committee and Executive arrangements.  He is a Member of Governance Institute (Formerly ISCA).

Ian now supports ADSO with their virtual training programmes.

Date and time

  • 30 June – 9:30 – 12:30
  • 7 July – 9:30 – 12:30

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on the 30 June course date to be able to attend both workshops.

How to book a place
To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.

Please note that you will need to supply a purchase order number.  This can either be done by adding to your online booking, alternatively email the purchase order to kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk. Please note that the ADSO Certificate Learner free places do not apply for the ‘Just a Minute’ Course.

Terms and Conditions of booking can be found here.

Click here to bookhttps://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/adso/ADSO—Just-a-Minute-November/79070

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 per person to attend the course

All costs subject to VAT.

Virtual Platform
The virtual workshop will be held using Zoom.

 

Jul
13
Wed
Part 2: Structures and Functions: The anatomy of Local Government @ Online via Zoom
Jul 13 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

ADSO are delighted to announce the launch the interactive, virtual course ‘Structures and Functions: The anatomy of Local Government’.  The course will be delivered as two two hour workshops held virtually.  Delegates will be required to attend both of the virtual workshops.

Audience
This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the different kinds of local authorities, what they do and how they fit into the wider government landscape of the UK.  The target audience will be those who are relatively new to democratic service teams and those with a few year’s experience.

The content is also linked to the Council and Governance module of the ADSO Certificate so it will help learners with their research for this module.

How the course will be delivered
The course will be delivered virtually, to maximise the delegates learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops.

The workshops will

  • Help learners understand local government in its wider context
  • Describe the evolution of local government to the present
  • Invite learners to discuss and dissect the structure of local government today

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.

Trainer
Ian is a solicitor who has worked in local government in the UK for more than thirty years. He is presently Head of Governance at Fylde Council in Lancashire, where he has worked seventeen years. Ian was council’s statutory Monitoring Officer for nine years and has acted as Deputy Returning Officer for local, national and European elections.

Ian is a past chair of the North West branch of the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors.

Date and time

  • 5 July 2022 – 9:30 – 12:00
  • 13 July 2022 – 13:30 – 16:30

Delegates are required to attend both workshops. Please note that you only need to book to attend the workshop on 18 May to be able to attend both workshops.

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 per person to attend the course

All costs subject to VAT.

ADSO reserve up to two places on this course for an ADSO learner depending on demand – please contact us if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

Please note that the invoice will come from the Association of Democratic Service Officers, please ensure that any purchase order number is made out to ADSO.  if you have any questions relating to this please email kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk

How to book a place
Please book a place using our online booking form, please note that you will only need to book to attend the first session to attend both.

The terms and conditions of booking can be found here.

Click here to bookhttps://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/adso/Council-and-its-Governance/76152

Virtual Platform
The virtual workshop will be held using Zoom.

Jul
15
Fri
ADSO Webinar – The impact of abuse and intimidation of councillors @ via GoTo Webinar
Jul 15 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Abuse and intimidation of councillors is an increasing concern in local government and emerging evidence indicates that this is happening all too often and beginning to influence local democracy. Debating and disagreeing with one another has always been, and will continue to be, a healthy part of democracy, but abuse and intimidation only serves to silence democratic voices and deter people from engaging with politics.

To better understand the issue of abuse and intimidation of councillors by the public, the Local Government Association (LGA) launched a call for evidence in October 2021. The LGA has now published a report of the findings of that call for evidence and proposed recommendations to begin addressing these issues and improving the support available to councillors. You can access the full report through the following link:

https://www.local.gov.uk/publications/debate-not-hate-impact-abuse-local-democracy#detailed-examination-of-the-responses-to-the-call-to-evidence

Our speaker is Jess Norman, Senior Policy Adviser at the Local Government Association who will present the findings and recommendations in the report and answer questions from attendees.  The webinar presents an opportunity for attendees to hear about the real experiences of councillors and the impacts of abuse and intimidation on councillors and local democracy.

Attendees will also hear about good practice the LGA has identified under the Civility in public life programme and have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments about good practice they are aware of in their areas, thereby sharing good practice.

The webinar will be particularly suited to Democratic Services Officers who support councillors with issues of abuse and intimidation.

To book, click on the following link:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2391862625035580940

Please note that you will need to be able to login in to GoTo webinar in order to access the webinars.  If you are logging in from your workplace, you will need to ensure that GoTo has not been blocked by your organisation.  Otherwise, you can log on from your mobile.

Jul
20
Wed
East of England Regional Meeting @ Via Zoom
Jul 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Sep
15
Thu
Part 1: Law and Practice of Local Government @ Online via Zoom
Sep 15 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

ADSO are delighted to announce a new dates for the interactive, virtual course ‘Law and Practice of Local Government’.  The course will be delivered as two workshops held virtually.  Delegates will be required to attend both of the virtual workshops.

Audience
This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the legal framework within which councils operate and the practical application of this to the range of work areas undertaken by democratic services teams.  The course content will be relevant both to those who are relatively new to democratic services and officers with a few years’ experience.

The content is also linked to the Law and Practice module of the ADSO Certificate so it will help learners with their research for this module.

How the course will be delivered
The course will be delivered virtually.  To maximise the delegates’ learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops.

The workshops will

  • Provide an understanding of the statutory position of local government and the main pieces of legislation governing its operation and constitutional arrangements.
  • Examine the practical application of this legal framework to the aspects of a council’s operation that impact most directly on the democratic services function, including:
    • Governance arrangements and decision-making under executive arrangements or a committee system;
    • Political proportionality rules;
    • Legal provisions affecting members and officers; and
    • Arrangements to ensure good governance including access to information, transparency and ethical standards.

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.

Trainer
The virtual workshops will be led by John Williams.  John has over 30 years’ practical experience in the field of democratic services, governance and constitutional advice.  For 12 of these he headed up the service at the London Boroughs of Croydon and then Tower Hamlets, where he was also appointed as Returning Officer and Deputy Monitoring Officer.

John now works as a consultant in democratic and electoral services and has extensive experience of delivering training in each of these areas.  He is also an assessor for the ADSO Diploma.

Dates and times

  • Workshop 1: 15 September 2022, 9:30 – 12:15
  • Workshop 2: 22 September 2022, 9:30 – 12:15

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on the 15 September course date to be able to attend both workshops.

How to book a place
To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.  Please note that you will need to supply a purchase order number.  This can either be done by adding to your online booking, alternatively email the purchase order to kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk.

Click here to book:  https://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/adso/ADSO-Course—Law-and-Practice-of-Local-Government-/79985

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 per person to attend the course

All costs subject to VAT.

ADSO reserve up to two places on this course for an ADSO learner depending on demand – please email Kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

Terms and conditions for booking can be found here – www.emcouncils.gov.uk/ADSO-Terms-and-Conditions 

Virtual Platform
The virtual workshop will be held using Zoom.

If you have any questions about the course contact Kirsty.Lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk

Sep
20
Tue
ADSO Webinar – The role, work and experiences of councillors @ via GoTo Webinar
Sep 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Booking details to follow.

Sep
22
Thu
Part 2: Law and Practice of Local Government @ Online via Zoom
Sep 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

ADSO are delighted to announce a new dates for the interactive, virtual course ‘Law and Practice of Local Government’.  The course will be delivered as two workshops held virtually.  Delegates will be required to attend both of the virtual workshops.

Audience
This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the legal framework within which councils operate and the practical application of this to the range of work areas undertaken by democratic services teams.  The course content will be relevant both to those who are relatively new to democratic services and officers with a few years’ experience.

The content is also linked to the Law and Practice module of the ADSO Certificate so it will help learners with their research for this module.

How the course will be delivered
The course will be delivered virtually.  To maximise the delegates’ learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops.

The workshops will

  • Provide an understanding of the statutory position of local government and the main pieces of legislation governing its operation and constitutional arrangements.
  • Examine the practical application of this legal framework to the aspects of a council’s operation that impact most directly on the democratic services function, including:
    • Governance arrangements and decision-making under executive arrangements or a committee system;
    • Political proportionality rules;
    • Legal provisions affecting members and officers; and
    • Arrangements to ensure good governance including access to information, transparency and ethical standards.

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.

Trainer
The virtual workshops will be led by John Williams.  John has over 30 years’ practical experience in the field of democratic services, governance and constitutional advice.  For 12 of these he headed up the service at the London Boroughs of Croydon and then Tower Hamlets, where he was also appointed as Returning Officer and Deputy Monitoring Officer.

John now works as a consultant in democratic and electoral services and has extensive experience of delivering training in each of these areas.  He is also an assessor for the ADSO Diploma.

Dates and times

  • Workshop 1: 15 September 2022, 9:30 – 12:15
  • Workshop 2: 22 September 2022, 9:30 – 12:15

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on the 15 September course date to be able to attend both workshops.

How to book a place
To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.  Please note that you will need to supply a purchase order number.  This can either be done by adding to your online booking, alternatively email the purchase order to kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk.

Click here to book: https://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/adso/ADSO-Course—Law-and-Practice-of-Local-Government-/79985

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 per person to attend the course

All costs subject to VAT.

ADSO reserve up to two places on this course for an ADSO learner depending on demand – please email Kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

Terms and conditions for booking can be found here – www.emcouncils.gov.uk/ADSO-Terms-and-Conditions 

Virtual Platform
The virtual workshop will be held using Zoom.

If you have any questions about the course contact Kirsty.Lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk