Member Development

Details of upcoming sessions and development resources for members

 

Training session for presentation and public speaking

A 3 hour session has now been booked for Monday 21st October at 1pm (Room TBC).

 

Please let Sophie Benfield know if you wish to attend or wish to receive further details. (Sophie.benfield@gloucestershire.gov.uk)

 

Children in Care in Gloucestershire Briefing – 23 October 2019

 

As part of The Corporate Parenting Pledge, a presentation has been scheduled to take place in The Claydon Boardroom (next to Spires Café), Shire Hall on 23 October from 10.00-12.00 for all Council Members.

 

The presentation will focus on the profile of our Children in Care in Gloucestershire, the work of the Children in Care Council and the integral part  Corporate Parents play within this. It will be facilitated by Ambassadors and supported by officers.

 

Your attendance would be appreciated.

 

For catering purposes could you please email janet.boyland@gloucestershire.gov.uk to confirm your attendance.

 

Questioning Skills

 

On Thursday 7th November, the Centre For Public Scrutiny will be coming to Shire Hall to deliver a half-day training session for members on questioning skills. This is aimed, in particular, at members who sit on committees but anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. It is taking place from 2pm-5pm in Meeting Room 5.

 

This half day seminar provides an opportunity for members to acquire or develop their questioning techniques in a scrutiny setting. The seminar will cover how effective, organised and prepared questioning can significantly improve member contributions and overall success of scrutiny sessions. The seminar will explain and teach the various techniques and strategies and how they best fit within given situations or objectives.

 

The seminar will provide an overview of:

  • How questioning fits in to the landscape of scrutiny
  • Personal preparation and research
  • Effective approaches to questioning
  • Developing confidence to use questioning to achieve greater insight and impact
  • Setting scrutiny objectives
  • How to link questioning to scrutiny’s objectives
  • Developing themes and narrative –key lines of enquiry
  • Question types and techniques
  • Listening, sharing and reflecting

 

There are 16 places available. Please email Jessica.Benton@gloucestershire.gov.uk if you would like to attend.

 

 

Message to all members regarding the GFRS Member Awareness and Engagement Event

 

Dear Councillor

 

I am delighted to see there are already 10 members confirmed to attend the GFRS Members Awareness Event.

 

Could I please encourage all who are able to attend to RSVP Sophie Benfield in Democratic Services (Sophie.benfield@gloucestershire.gov.uk) by 5th November.

 

Best wishes,

 

Cllr Dave Norman

Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Parking and Libraries

 

 

Event details

 

Date:               Thursday 5th December

Time:               Refreshments from 10.30am/Event commences at 11am

Location:         Gloucester South Community Fire Station and Skill Zone, Shepherd Road, Gloucester

 

 

Gloucestershire Anti-Slavery Day

 

National Anti-Slavery Day is on 18th October, and to mark this the Gloucestershire Anti-Slavery Partnership (GASP) are holding an event in North Warehouse for partners and the local community to find out more about modern slavery and human trafficking in Gloucestershire, hear the stories of survivors, and discover what everyone can do to stamp out the slavery in our midst.5pm - Refreshments and exhibition stands

  • 5:30pm - Opening from Gloucestershire Anti-Slavery Partnership
  • Unseen, leading anti-slavery charity highlighting the stories of survivors
  • Bishop of Tewkesbury, The Rt Revd Robert Springett on the Clewer Initiative, the church's anti-slavery initiative
  • Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Chris Brierley
  • 7pm - Close

There will be a small exhibition about the history of slavery and trafficking in Gloucestershire from the Heritage Hub as well as representatives from Victim Support and Gloucestershire-based Abolition Groups.

Places are free but limited so book yours here: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/events/gloucestershire-anti-slavery-day-2019/ ​

 

 

 

Time to Talk drop in session – Thursday 10 October 10:30am-1pm, Council Chamber landing at Bearlands Café

 

The theme this World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention – every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide.

 

Members are invited to join staff to take part in our next Time to Talk drop in; where staff are encouraged to talk openly about mental health and suicide prevention  in the workplace with their colleagues and to help end stigma and discrimination surrounding mental ill-health whilst helping raise money for charity.

 

In addition to a charity cake sale, there will be stands from groups and organisations such as;

  • Prism (GCC’s LGBT network)
  • GCC’s Mindfulness group
  • YEN (GCC’s Young Employee Network)
  • Occupational Health
  • GCC Adult Education
  • Let’s Talk
  • Shelf Help/Books on Prescription and creative writing  (provided by Gloucestershire Libraries)
  • Independence Trust
  • Alexandrea Wellbeing House (provided by Swindon and Gloucestershire Mind)  
  • Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline (provided by Rethink)

 

Money raised will go to Rethink and Mind charities who support this event.

 

 

 

For more information on the campaign please visit http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Mental Health Scrutiny Workshop

Please click here to view the slides from the workshop held on 12 April 2019.

Member Development Summary

Please click here to view the summary document and click here to view the LGA Political Skills framework.

Adult Single Programme on 18 July at 1pm (demand management session)

Please click here to view the slides.

Full Council Briefing -An Overview of Children in Care in Gloucestershire

3rd July 2018

Please click here for the slides from this session.

Business Rates Retention – Member Briefing

18th May, 2pm – 4pm in the Council Chamber

The Business Rate Retention session is to provide members with more context on 100% business rates retention following the recent success of the Councils in Gloucestershire being awarded a 100% Business Rate Pilot. This will include an overview of the current system, how it will change for the Pilot year, the risks that need to be considered, and the potential benefits and how they are to be distributed across the Pilot councils.

The slides from the session can be found here.

Wednesday 25 April 2018 – Civil Protection Team Training Event for Members

A Civil Protection Team Training Event for members was held on Wednesday 25 April 2018 at 2pm in the Council Chamber. The training event covered:

  • Emergency planning statutory requirements
  • Local Resilience Forum (LRF)
  • Multi-agency emergency response
  • Local Authorities role
  • GCC’s emergency planning arrangements
  • Community Resilience
  • The role of Elected Members before, during and after an emergency.

The slides are attached here.

Please also click here to view the hand-outs.

General Data Protection Regulation

As I’m sure you’re aware, on the 25th May 2018 the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come in to force. The GDPR forms part of a new data protection regime which will govern how organisations and elected members collect and use personal data. GDPR is the biggest change in data protection in the last 20 years, and the changes it brings in are substantial and ambitious.

Members will need to be able to demonstrate compliance with the legislation and be aware of the new rights that individuals have over their data, such as the right to erasure (or right to be forgotten). The regulator of data protection in the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office, will have stronger powers to investigate and fine organisations who breach the legislation.

On the 27th April at 10am -12pm, Gloucestershire County Council will host a briefing especially for elected members on GDPR and the new Data Protection Bill in the Council Chamber at Shire Hall, Gloucester.

The briefing will be run by a member of the council’s Information Management Service and is open to elected members of both the county and district councils. The briefing will cover;

  • The changes within GDPR and how these impact in your role as an elected member,
  • The current status of the Data Protection Bill,
  • Where you can go for additional guidance.

You can book to attend this briefing by emailing andrea.griffiths@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Monday 30 April 2018: Children and Families Scrutiny Committee - Quality Assurance Framework Workshop – 2pm Members Room

The workshop will include how the quality/audit process works in Children’s Services, how we know when practice is good, and how we can be confident in assessing this as good.

All members of council are welcome to attend. Please contact Andrea Clarke (andrea.clarke@gloucestershire.gov.uk) if you will be attending.

Advance notice of Member Development Seminars

Tuesday 5 June 2018 10.00am Council Chamber – Children’s Services One Year On

Wednesday 18 July 2018 1.00pm Council Chamber – Adult Single Programme

Member Essentials – Standards and Conduct Wednesday 9 May (10am-12pm) and Friday 25 May (10am-12pm) in the Members Room of Shire Hall

Almost 12 months on from the County Council elections, I have been asked to do some refresher training for you on Member Standards and Conduct.

I will be covering topics such as the Code of Conduct, interests, bias and predetermination, and the Member complaints process. I will also talk about some the ‘danger zones’ for Members and use the learning from high profile cases from around the country.

It will be suitable for all Members. The rules and regulations aren’t easily understood, so I hope that even the most experienced Members will come along.

Please can you register your interest with Abbie Taylor (Abi.Taylor@gloucestershire.gov.uk) in Democratic Services.

Jane Burns, Director of Strategy and Challenge and Monitoring Officer.

Business Rates Retention – Member Briefing

18th May, 2pm – 4pm in the Council Chamber

The Business Rate Retention session is to provide members with more context on 100% business rates retention following the recent success of the Councils in Gloucestershire being awarded a 100% Business Rate Pilot. This will include an overview of the current system, how it will change for the Pilot year, the risks that need to be considered, and the potential benefits and how they are to be distributed across the Pilot councils.

Support Dementia Action Week 21 – 27 May 2018

Dementia Awareness Session for County and District Councillors in the Council Chamber, Shire Hall, Gloucester

23 May 2018 13.15 – 16.00

Please see attached flyer for more information

If you would like to attend please contact andrea.clarke@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Thursday 22 March 2018 – Highways Member Briefing

A Highways Member Briefing was held from 2pm on Thursday 22 March 2018 in the Council Chamber. The briefing updated members on:

  • The £150m spend, including how schemes are being selected into the programme, and where to find the programme for review
  • The Highways Contract, including announcing the new Structural Maintenance contract award
  • Major transport schemes, including an update on the Growth Deal.

Please click here to view the slides from the session.

Public Mental Health Councillor Briefing Event – 21st February 2018

Gloucestershire County Council’s Public Health Team held a briefing event for Councillors to provide more information about Public Mental Health.

The purpose of the event was to:

  • Provide an overview of Public Mental Health – What Public Mental Health is, what GCC Public Health is responsible for and where it sits in terms of Mental Health treatment and services
  • Introduce the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health and Gloucestershire’s response to this
  • Introduce the Member Mental Health Champions for Gloucestershire and raise aware of the Local Authority Mental Health Challenge

Please see the slides below from the session:

Public Mental Health presentation

Invitation: 23.02.18 Impact of Brexit on Public Services in the South West

Date: 23 February 2018 Time: 12pm- 2pm (12.00 lunch, 12.15 to 2.00 discussion, question and answer session) Venue: Armada House, Telephone Avenue, Bristol BS1 4BQ

Dear Colleague, CIPFA and the Brexit Advisory Commission invite you to a unique lunchtime session which will explore the risks and opportunities of Brexit for public services in the South West. Our panel of experts will set out the critical issues, drill down into some of the detail and suggest what deal the UK should be seeking to promote and protect the interests of public services in the region. The panel includes:

  • Dr Alan Greer, professor of public policy for University of the West of England
  • Kate Kennally, chief executive of Cornwall Council
  • Nigel Costley, regional secretary of TUC South West
  • Matt Griffith, head of policy for Business West
  • Julia Goldsworthy, chair of the Brexit Advisory Commission for Public Services - who will chair the event

We would be delighted if you could join us, for what promises to be a lively and thought-provoking debate. Please email Saskia Black at Saskia.black@cipfa.org to RSVP to this event.

Public Mental Health Councillor Briefing Event – 21st February 2018

Gloucestershire County Council’s Public Health Team has arranged a briefing event for Councillors to provide more information about Public Mental Health.

The purpose of the event is to:

  • Provide an overview of Public Mental Health – What Public Mental Health is, what GCC Public Health is responsible for and where it sits in terms of Mental Health treatment and services
  • Introduce the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health and Gloucestershire’s response to this
  • Introduce the Member Mental Health Champions for Gloucestershire and raise aware of the Local Authority Mental Health Challenge

The briefing will be held from 10am-12.30pm on Wednesday 21st February 2018 in the Council Chamber.

If you would like any more information about this event please contact:

Suzie Lane – Outcome Manager (Public Health)

suzie.lane@gloucestershire.gov.uk

01452 328695

Cyber Safety talk - Friday 5th January

A cyber safety expert from Gloucestershire Constabulary will be piloting four fun informal talks and demonstrations on Friday 5th January 2018 to raise awareness and understanding of cyber security issues and will provide you with essential knowledge to protect yourself and the Council.

The sessions are 90 minutes long and the following times are available:

Session 1 – 09:00 – 10:30

Session 2 – 10:45 – 12:15

Session 3 – 12:45 – 14:15

Session 4 – 14:30 – 16:00

There are 20 places available on each session (80 places in total for the day).

Members are welcome to attend. Please let Democratic Services know if you wish to attend.

Mental Health Workshop – Children and Young People Thursday 2 November 2017 2pm Members Room

This workshop was originally organised for Health and Care and Children and Families Scrutiny Committee members, but all members of council are welcome to attend.

The workshop will be facilitated by the Lead Commissioner for Children and Maternity (GCC/CCG) and the Director of Engagement and Integration from the 2Gether NHS foundation Trust.

Please let Andrea Clarke know if you wish to attend – andrea.clarke@gloucestershire.gov.uk tel 01452 324203

Scrutiny Training Workshop – Friday 10 November 2017 10.00am Room 5

This workshop is part of the LGA support to the Children and Families Scrutiny Committee (CFOSC) following on from the Ofsted Inspection and will be facilitated by an independent consultant.

Although originally organised for CFOSC members all members of council are welcome to attend.

Please let Andrea Clarke know if you wish to attend – andrea.clarke@gloucestershire.gov.uk tel 01452 324203

2 November 2017: Highways England GCC members drop in

Highways England representatives will be at Shire Hall on Thursday 2 November, from 13:00 until 16:00 to answer any questions that Members might have regarding the Strategic Road Network (SRN). The drop in session will take place in meeting rooms 1,2 and 3. For further information and to confirm your attendance please contact transplan@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Member Induction Programme

Following the 2017 County Council Elections, a member induction programme has been put in place which can be downloaded now:

Members Induction

Corporate Parenting - 1 June 2017

The presentation from the session can be found below:

Presentation

Effective Communications: working with media , social media & GCC’s communications team - 19 May 2017

The presentations from the session can be found below:

Communications

Media Awareness

Core Information for Members (2) - 18 May 2017

The presentation from the session can be found below:

Presentation

Core Information for Members (1) - 12 May 2017

The presentation from the session can be found below:

Presentation

Introduction to the Council - 9 May 2017

The presentation delivered in the Council Chamber by the Chief Executive Pete Bungard can be viewed below:

Presentation

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