ADSO Webinar – The Essential Requirements for Hybrid Meetings @ via GoTo Webinar
Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

To register for the webinar, please click on the following link which will take you to the registration page:

This free webinar, hosted by ADSO, will take place on Wednesday 8th December 2021 from 3.00pm – 4.00pm.  The Essential Requirements for Hybrid Meetings will give a non-technical overview of the key items required to support and manage meetings where both remote and on-premises attendees are present.  The presentation will outline the essential equipment and functionality that increases the meeting experience for all.

The presenter will be Keith Blackwell, Director (Local Government) at VP-AV.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions of Keith and share your views through a Q&A session following the main presentation.

The webinar is sponsored VP-AV ( ) who have been designing and implementing high performance integrated systems for HMRC, Coroners Courts and Local Authority Council Chambers for over 30 years.

Through collaboration and leadership VP-AV design, implement and support audio-visual systems that are simple and intuitive to use, facilitating your workflows and business needs producing high performance audio visual integrated solutions.

ADSO Webinar – Levelling-Up: The Implications and Opportunities for DSOs @ via GoTo Webinar
Apr 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Levelling-Up White Paper, while aimed at addressing economic inequalities across the country and stimulating economic growth, sets a framework within which further devolution to local government will operate. It also raises the prospect of local government reorganisation, the creation of more combined authorities and additional elected mayors and/or directly elected county leaders. It is these areas that have the most implications for Democratic Services Officers.

The webinar will focus on those aspects of the levelling-up agenda that will affect the work and activities of DSOs across the country. It will explore the following themes of relevance to DSOs:

  • The role of local government in the levelling-up agenda
  • The role of DSOs in facilitating the work of councillors and councils in addressing the aims and objectives of levelling-up
  • Local government reorganisation and DSOs
  • New forms of political governance and decision-making
  • DSOs working across organisational and council boundaries
  • Developing new forms of communication with the centre
  • The change in member roles and perspectives
  • How councillors and DSOs will contribute to levelling-up and in shaping the levelling-up agenda

The webinar will also examine how the policy, research and support functions of DSOs will be influenced by the expectations of the white paper and the levelling-up agenda generally.

Target Audience
Democratic Services Officers in all types of local authority as well as Councillors and Officers involved in the levelling-up agenda.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the session participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and understand the main aims of the levelling-up white paper and the general levelling up agenda as it is relevant to DSOs
  2. Understand the implications for DSOs of the white paper’s proposals
  3. Appreciate the way the white paper will affect the work of councillors
  4. Understand the potential changes to DSOs work and workloads of the white paper and its proposals
  5. Recognise the new support and services councillors will require
  6. Understand the governance implications of the white paper and its proposals

Colin Copus is an Emeritus Professor of local politics at the Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University and a Visiting Professor at the University of Ghent. His academic interests are central-local relationships and the constitutional status of local government, devolution, localism, local party politics, local political leadership and the changing role of the councillor. Colin has worked closely with policy-makers and practitioners in central and local government. He was an academic advisor to the Political and the Constitutional Reform Committee and the Communities and Local Government Committee on its inquiry into the role of the councillor and he is currently the academic advisor to two All Party Parliamentary Groups.  He is a member of the Council of Europe’s group of experts on the Charter of Local Self Government.

He has published widely in academic journals. Colin’s latest book is entitled: In Defence of Councillors, published by Manchester University Press.  Colin was the editor Local Government Studies 2001 to 2013 and has also served as a councillor on a London Borough council, a county and a district council and three parish councils.

To book, click on the following link:

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.

ADSO Webinar – The New Model Code of Conduct @ via GoTo Webinar
May 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

This ADSO webinar will be presented by Paul Hoey from Hoey Ainscough, authors of the New Code.  It will look at some of the more complex and significant parts of the Code and supporting guidance and discuss how they might apply to members in meetings. In particular it will focus on the area of disrespect and bullying and the need to declare interests.

The webinar will be of particular interest to Officers who work with members and support them at meetings and in their everyday role and aims to inform attendees on:

– Understanding how to interpret key parts of the Code of Conduct

– Understanding the supporting guidance

– Considering the boundaries between robust challenge, disrespect and bullying

– Understanding the different types of interests that need to be declared

Paul Hoey is co-director at Hoey Ainscough Associates Ltd, which supports councils on standards. issues.  Since being set up in 2012 they have worked with 400 councils on training, investigation work and more detailed governance reviews.

To book, click on the following link:

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.

The webinar is sponsored Astech (CMIS) (  CMIS is a web-based meeting and governance management solution that facilitates paperless meetings and can manage the entire process of a meeting’s life cycle, helping businesses of all types and sizes streamline operations and facilitate decision-making. The solution is designed to help any organisation achieve tangible cost savings and reduce the time and effort required to report and explain decisions.

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:

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:

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.

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

Booking details to follow.

ADSO Webinar – Hybrid Democratic Meetings @ via GoTo Webinar
Oct 21 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Booking details to follow.

ADSO Annual Conference 2022 – Day 1
Nov 17 all-day

Full details to follow.

ADSO AGM @ To be confirmed
Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The time and location of the AGM is to be confirmed.

ADSO Annual Conference 2022 – Day 2
Nov 18 all-day

Full details to follow.