What to expect
We know many local councillors and clerks look forward to the annual Cambridgeshire Local Councils Conference and this year, despite the pandemic, we are delighted to be able to offer a similar event through an online conferencing platform. There are several advantages to delivering the conference in this way, including taking part from the safety and comfort of your own home; no limit on the numbers who can attend; and more flexibility in the sessions you take part in.
You can expect a day packed with useful content such as presentations, discussions, workshop sessions and information downloads.
The full programme for the day is available to download here.
The conference will be launched by Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive, Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council followed by an opening keynote by Adrian Chapman, Service Director Communities and Partnerships, Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council who will speak about how local councils have played a critical role in supporting their communities to cope during the COVID-19 outbreak and also give an update on the ‘Think Communities’ approach. Video case studies will provide insight from Local Councils, both large and small, on their response to COVID and demonstrate how they are planning to support their communities going forward.
In the afternoon, attendees will be able to opt to attend one of six in-depth learning sessions. Topics will include: Technology for the Future; Future Emergency Planning; Strengthening your Local Council’s Offer to its Residents; Enabling and Supporting Volunteering; Improving Collaborative Working between Clerks and Councillors; and Managing and Maintaining Community Assets.
We’ve made sure to keep some of the features we know are popular. There will be an online networking lounge where you can drop in and chat online with other delegates and also our now-traditional marketplace of stalls to visit. We’ve brought together 20 or so organisations that support the work of local councils to showcase what they do. With the use of technology, you’ll be able to chat to stallholders, pick up leaflets and information and interact almost as if you were meeting them face to face.
The Conference promises to offer a new experience for most and we encourage you to sign-up early as demand for places is expected to be high.
Who should attend?
This event will be useful to Councillors and Clerks from local councils, Town, District and County Councillors and representatives from organisations that work with, and support, local councils across Cambridgeshire.
There is no limit on the number who sign-up from each council. Anyone who signs up will have access to the Conference content for 30 days after the event. So, if you wish to re-visit the presentations or miss any part of the day, you can do this in your own time at a time to suit you.
What will I need to join on the day?
We know that many councils are now holding their meetings online via videoconferencing. Taking part in this event will use similar technology, so most councillors will find they are already well equipped to join in.
You will need a broadband connection and a suitable device to receive the content such as a computer (desktop or laptop), tablet or smartphone. You will need to be able to receive sound so you can hear presentations and videos. A webcam will be useful if you wish to take part in video chat with stallholders but this is not necessary for the majority of the conference activities.
How to register
To register, please go to: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/conf20/ and enter your details by Friday 16 October 2020.
We will then periodically upload the contact details of those who have registered to the Conference platform at which point you will sent a password reset link by Ivent (our Conference platform host), a confirmation email and our guide to taking part.
Who is organising this conference?
This event is being organised by Cambridgeshire ACRE, Cambridgeshire County Council and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Association of Local Councils. Any enquiries should be addressed to Alison Brown at Cambridgeshire ACRE on 01353 865029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.