9:30am - 11:30am
24 February
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Putting Community Power into Practice

9:30am - 11:30am  |  24 February  |  Online
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Many councils are embracing a community power model. Some have been at the cutting-edge of this for years, and others stepping firmly into this space through community partnership throughout the Covid-19 crisis response.

This approach recognises the power and resources that exist within communities and supports them to design and deliver services and address challenges in collaboration with council officers and members. It’s a deceptively simple approach that in reality requires fundamental shifts in the way officers work, the culture of the organisation and the way a council co-ordinates its activities with partners. But does it need to be resource-intensive? Some councils fear that moving to a community-led model means costly up-front investment and comprehensive retraining programmes.

This session will explore the impactful methods and approaches that can be employed to become community-led at a time of constrained capacity. From senior leaders modelling new behaviours to front-line workers launching open conversations with residents and many other actions, there are ways to transform your council’s engagement with communities in an ambitious yet deliverable way. 

Participation in New Local events is free and exclusive to members of our Network. If you would like to find out more, please contact Francesca.

“Do not miss a New Local Innovation Exchange – I came back to my council with fresh insights, practical ideas for implementation and a brand new network of people in exactly the same boat as me”

Joanna Ruffle, Director of Transformation, Southend Council

Innovation Exchanges give participants from our member councils a space to step away from day-to-day activities and engage with peers from across the country. Each session addresses a big challenge or opportunity facing councils and their communities. Sessions are peer-led and practically-focused, so participants come away with insights, ideas and learning to share with their teams.

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