Your actions as a councillor mean you can make a huge difference to the quality of life for people in your local area. You can stand for what you believe in, whilst supporting local residents and delivering change for the better in your community.
We recognise that there is no ‘one best way’ to be a councillor. You may approach your role in a very different way from your colleagues but there is a recognised set of 6 core skills:
- local leadership
- partnership working
- communication skills
- political understanding
- scrutiny and challenge
- regulating and monitoring
Depending on your specific role as a councillor, the circumstances and contexts within which you apply these skills may vary but the core skill areas will remain relevant for everyone.
Member Services provides a wide range of support to help you quickly become informed and effective, and then help you to continually develop your skills and knowledge throughout your time as a councillor.
Here is an overview of what we offer to support you:
Training in digital skills, including social media.
Trouble shooting your ICT issues.
Access to a specialist app so you can download, view and annotate meeting papers.
Provide emails from service areas on emerging issues.
Provide any specialist support you need.
Signpost you to resolve your queries.
Publish regular Democracy Snapshot newsletters providing updates,
information, guidance and details of events.
Help you to identify what training you need.
Deliver a member development programme which responds to strategic issues, changes to legislation and individual skill requirements.
We'll help you:
- fix problems
- organise meetings or book meeting rooms
- with practical things such as expenses and parking
- with allowances, register of interest, hospitality and declarations
You will have access to a computer and other equipment, depending on your role. There are different equipment options available.
We provide a full member development programme.
Find information on non-executive committee roles.
The council will nominate representatives to external organisations in a non-management capacity with no role in the governance of the organisation. The representatives will act as conduits for communication between the council and the organisation or will attend as an observer at its meetings. The council’s representative may not accept a role on the organisation’s board as a Trustee/Director or in any other management capacity such as Treasurer.
For information the types of organisations, please see the document below.