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TRAINING FOR IMPROVING & EXPERIENCED CLERKS

Our sector is constantly changing, whether it's adapting to new legislation or finding new ways of working because of technological advances.  It's important to keep ourselves updated - you can do this by attending our well-regarded courses, seminars and clerks' networking sessions.

Friday, 28 June 2024

Venue:

The Costessey Centre NR8 5AH

Clerking is the same whatever size of council you work for?  Well, yes and no!  There are particular challenges and tasks that clerks to larger councils encounter so this is why we want to get clerks together who work for larger councils (towns and larger parishes).  Join us to discuss and share ideas over tea and cake.

Tuesday, 9 July 2024

Venue:

Held online

Town and Parish Councils are subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and anyone can make a request. Most are straightforward but occasionally they prove to be complex and time consuming to answer. 


Although the course is primarily aimed at clerks, it will also benefit interested councillors, especially those on a relevant committee.

Friday, 12 July 2024

Venue:

Pensthorpe Café, near Fakenham NR21 0LN

We know that many clerks work in isolation and sometimes feel they need to talk to other clerks to share ideas particularly during these challenging times.  Join in with our popular clerks' networking sessions, we think you'll find it a good use of your time.

Tuesday, 16 July 2024

Venue:

Held online

You'll be taken step-by-step through the process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for your parish. We'll look at the advantages of having a Neighbourhood Plan, the stages for producing a plan, and the time and resource commitment required.  This course includes a case study example of a Norfolk village Neighbourhood Plan – what has worked and what hasn’t.

Thursday, 18 July 2024

Venue:

Hosted as an online session

Parish Online is an essential tool for simply viewing and printing maps, all the way to storing asset registers, producing neighbourhood plans and engaging with the public. This makes councils more efficient and resilient, ultimately resulting in better services for the public.


Do you currently use Parish Online Mapping but don't fully understand it or have questions that you would like to ask? Have you thought about signing up but would like to know more before committing? Would you like to know more about how it works and what it can do? Then, this session is for you.

Friday, 19 July 2024

Venue:

Breckland Lodge, Attleborough

We know that many clerks work in isolation and sometimes feel they need to talk to other clerks to share ideas particularly during these challenging times.  Join in with our popular clerks' networking mornings, we think you'll find it a good use of your time.

Thursday, 12 September 2024

Venue:

Costessey, near Norwich

A course aimed at motivating clerks, council officers and councillors to complete the CiLCA (Certificate in Local Council Administration) qualification.  Our experienced tutor will take you through each of the 30 learning outcomes, explain how to compile your portfolio and provide you with ongoing mentoring to achieve this qualification. 

Friday, 13 September 2024

Venue:

Woodgate Nursery, Aylsham NR11 6UH

We know that many clerks work in isolation and sometimes feel they need to talk to other clerks to share ideas particularly during these challenging times.  Join in with our popular clerks' networking mornings, we think you'll find it a good use of your time.

Wednesday, 18 September 2024

Venue:

Sugarbeat Eating House, Norwich Rd, Swainsthorpe, Norwich NR14 8PU

We know that many clerks work in isolation and sometimes feel they need to talk to other clerks to share ideas particularly during these challenging times.  Join in with our popular clerks' networking mornings, we think you'll find it a good use of your time.

Thursday, 19 September 2024

Venue:

Held online

The effective processing of personal data at town and parish council level is key to efficient handling of subject access requests, among other things.

 

This  2-hour online course covers the essential elements of data protection legislation, featuring the GDPR. It will also tell you what you need to do to create a credible privacy framework, and how to deal with enquiries. 

Tuesday, 24 September 2024

Venue:

On-line

Most Parish and Town Councils will have at least one or two projects they would like to see come to life in their parish, but they don’t have the funds to make them happen.  Laura has a track record in securing external funding for community projects and understands what funders are looking for.  This course will run through the lifecycle of a typical project from the idea phase to project opening and evaluation.

Wednesday, 25 September 2024

Venue:

Starbucks, New Road, Acle, NR13 3BE

We know that many clerks work in isolation and sometimes feel they need to talk to other clerks to share ideas particularly during these challenging times.  Join in with our popular clerks' networking mornings, we think you'll find it a good use of your time.

Wednesday, 25 September 2024

Venue:

The Market Cross Cafe, 15 Market Place, Swaffham PE37 7AB

We know that many clerks work in isolation and sometimes feel they need to talk to other clerks to share ideas particularly during these challenging times.  Join in with our popular clerks' networking mornings, we think you'll find it a good use of your time.

Wednesday, 25 September 2024

Venue:

The Downham Home & Garden Store, Stonecross Lane, Bexwell, Downham Market PE38 0AD

We know that many clerks work in isolation and sometimes feel they need to talk to other clerks to share ideas particularly during these challenging times.  Join in with our popular clerks' networking mornings, we think you'll find it a good use of your time.

Thursday, 26 September 2024

Venue:

Held online

We know that many clerks work in isolation and sometimes feel they need to talk to other clerks to share ideas particularly during these challenging times.  We also appreciate that many of you have full-time day jobs, that mean you miss out on our face to face networking sessions.  So, join us online to meet with fellow clerks, we think you'll find it a good use of your time.

Friday, 27 September 2024

Venue:

Pensthorpe Café, near Fakenham NR21 0LN

We know that many clerks work in isolation and sometimes feel they need to talk to other clerks to share ideas particularly during these challenging times.  Join in with our popular clerks' networking sessions, we think you'll find it a good use of your time.

Thursday, 17 October 2024

Venue:

The Costessey Centre

Do you want to learn more about the Internal Auditor Role? Would you like to gain the confidence to become an Internal Auditor? Then this course is for you.


Every local council must have an internal auditor: someone who is independent of the management of the council and competent to carry out the role.  This role has become significantly more important for ‘exempt’ councils: those with a turnover under £25,000. 

Friday, 18 October 2024

Venue:

Queen's Hills Community Centre

Our autumn Seminar is the perfect opportunity to update yourself on topics relevant to parish and town councils and network with clerks and councillors.


The day includes sessions led by the Norfolk PTS team and invited speakers, as well as break-out sessions during the afternoon.

Tuesday, 19 November 2024

Venue:

Held online

Understanding how the planning system operates and routinely considering planning applications are key responsibilities of parish and town councils.  We look at the process from both the parish/town council and district/borough council perspective and how to manage the expectations of the public who are likely to attend our meetings.

Thursday, 21 November 2024

Venue:

Held online

Are you a councillor or clerk who feels you would like to have a better grasp of your council's finances? Local councils spend public money but who specifically controls the finances?  This course gives a comprehensive overview of the council's financial year. 

Thursday, 28 November 2024

Venue:

Held online

Could your agendas or minutes benefit from a refresh? Do you always know what to include or what to leave out? How about meetings, when should you chip in and where does your involvement end? This course will help with all of these and more.

Wednesday, 4 December 2024

Venue:

Held online

Identifying risk and establishing ways of reducing risk is a key part of our governance and a legal requirement.  The session will cover the detail of a risk management policy to take account of the range of risks councils face, from public money to council activities, insurance, health and safety, and financial risks. There is an overview of policies and regulations which should be in place to support risk management.

Thursday, 6 March 2025

Venue:

Lions Room, The Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Costessey, NR8 5AH

Parish and Town Councils have a duty and they also have a power! This course explains the complex legal background to allotments and the formalities in running them.  It explains the managing of allotments and the problems which can occur, and how best to deal with them.  Attendees benefit from receiving useful template documents as part of the course.

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