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National Conference

Equip yourself with the knowledge to engage, empower and exceed within your council.

Your 2018 National Conference will be held at Forest Pines Hotel, Lincolnshire on the 10th & 11th October. 

Forest Pines is centrally located, situated just two minutes from Junction 4 of the M180.
Click here to view the location map. There will be a shuttle service taking delegates from Scunthorpe train station to Forest Pines.

Make sure you attend the event to:

- Be INSPIRED by a personal journey which overcame life-changing injury
EXPLORE the Environment Agency’s new guidelines on burials
- ENHANCE your relationships with others using verbal and non-verbal communication
- Learn PRACTICAL skills from your sector colleagues
- MEET with our team of national specialist advisors for your personal one to one session


Your unmissable sessions include:

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards to open conference!

Eddie is Great Britain‘s first Olympic Ski Jumper.  He was ranked 55th in the world which qualified him as the only GB applicant for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
With the UK firmly backing the plasterer from Gloucestershire, Eddie took to the slopes followed by a whirlwind of international press and media.
Eddie competed in the 70m and 90m ski jumping events but unfortunately came last in both events. Although he captured the imagination of a British public who had hardly expected that one of their countrymen would make an impression on the ski slopes, even less at the Olympics!
The press lampooned Eddie as an embarrassment, but at the closing ceremony, the President of the Games singled Eddie out for his contribution saying  At these Games, some competitors have won gold, some have broken records, and some of you have even soared like an eagle". It was the first time in the history of the Olympic Games that an individual athlete had been mentioned in the closing speech, even if it was because of his distinct lack of success!
Eddie is perhaps the best example of a heroic failure, whose perseverance and achievement was - it should be stated - gained without any funding. For that, and for many other reasons, Eddie is more hero than failure, and his story continues to win over audiences.

The Ledbury Case - Implications for the Sector

A session to dissect and discuss the outcome of the Ledbury case. The panel of experts includes Jonathan Goolden, public sector partner at Wilkin Chapman LLP, who, together with Wilkin Chapman colleagues, investigated self referred allegations by Councillor Liz Harvey of Ledbury Town Council.

Duncan Slater, Inspirational & Motivational Speaker

"It was back in 2009, while on patrol in the Helmand region of Afghanistan, the vehicle I was travelling in hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). After 12 months of rehab, it became clear that both legs must be amputated in order for me to be able to walk pain-free. Then I believed my life was really going to be limited. I was told by my doctor that I would never walk or run without pain again. But I was determined to prove otherwise. I wanted to show others that amputees can do anything and I've been on a bit of a journey of recovery ever since."

Duncan became the first ever double amputee to race to the South Pole as part of Walking With The Wounded's expedition team in 2013. Since then he has also become the first double amputee to compete in the world's toughest marathon Marathon Des Sables in 2017. Click here to watch Duncan's story.

"Duncan's story was inspirational"

"It made me realise that you can deal with whatever life throws at you, that with a little help and support you can get through the hard times."

"His presentation is a powerful story of overcoming adversity, teamwork, humility, compassion and sense of self."

How to communicate using psychology, Ken Hancott, Tarragon Training
This workshop is designed to provide an insight into how Psychology effects our communication with others.

We all hope our interactions with other people result in positive outcomes, however, because we're all different it's often difficult to ensure clear and effective communication. By understanding how different people communicate we can be more effective and produce better results from these interactions.

The workshop explains how to improve both verbal and non verbal communication techniques in order to truly make your meetings with others more effective.

Using skills developed by ground breaking Psychologists you'll learn how to improve relationships with others and work with different type of people.

The Clerks Chat Show
NEW for 2018!
Hear from clerks about their successful projects, interesting case studies and funny anecdotes. A new session packed with best practice and knowledge sharing.

Why not be the first to take part in this new approach and grab the opportunity to share your success and achievements with your colleagues? We would love to hear about your successful projects and what better way to promote your council than at your National Conference. You can also claim CPD points for taking part. If you would like to be involved please email linda.roberts@slcc.co.uk

The perspective of an officer and a councillor, Mel Usher, Frome Town Council
A challenging and interactive session covering burning issues such as:
- Why nobody wants to stand
- We have no money
- My clerk/council are holding me back
- We can’t get our communities engaged

How to (almost) achieve a paperless Council, Carl Cheevers, Harpenden Town Council
Sometimes just the sight of piles of paper on your desk is enough to drain the energy out of you. This session looks at how by addressing your paper consumption you can increase efficiency and productivity in your organisation. It will focus on the work that Harpenden Town Council is doing to modernise itself and halve its paper consumption by 2020. No matter the size of your council you will get some top tips to make some positive changes.

More updates to your 2018 agenda coming soon...

Tuesday 9th October 6pm - Join us for the launch of the Conference Exhibition. A complimentary reception to mark the start of an exhibition with over 35 providers of key goods and services specifically for local councils.

Early bird delegate costs - early bird discount ends 5th September 2018

SLCC Members
Day delegate - £125 + £25 VAT
Smaller Councils* Day Delegate - £75.00 + £15.00 VAT
Full Conference (single occupancy) - £365 + £49 VAT
Full Conference (twin occupancy) - £330 + £54 VAT

Day delegate - £160 + £32 VAT
Smaller Councils* day delegate - £96.00 + £19.20 VAT
Full Conference (single occupancy) - £430 + £62 VAT
Full Conference (twin occupancy) - £395 + £67 VAT
*Members or non-members from a council with a precept of £75k or less

Attend this event and log 2.5 CPD points per day! Click here to log your CPD points.

"Even after 21 years I still enjoy attending the National Conference not only to meet old and new friends, update my professional knowledge, pick up best practice from other clerks, make contacts with the interesting selection of exhibitors but also to enjoy the inspirational and motivational speaker, certainly looking forward to hearing Duncan Slater this year" Paula Heath, Clevedon Town Council, first delegate to register for National Conference 2018

Annual SLCC Awards
Do you know a clerk who has rendered exemplary service to the profession and SLCC in their first year of appointment?
Or an SLCC member who has given exceptional voluntary service to the Society?
Nominate them for an SLCC Award!

The annual awards will be presented at National Conference and consist of the following categories:
  • New Clerk of the Year - A clerk who has rendered exemplary service to the profession and SLCC in their first year of appointment
  • Bryan Metcalf Award for Volunteering – for members who give exceptional voluntary service to the Society
  • Professional Innovation Award
  • Best magazine article by a member
  • Best case study at a regional or residential event
  • Long Service Award(s)
  • Outstanding Achievement Award
Please submit your nomination to your Branch at your next Branch meeting. Click here to view the Branch calendar. If you are unable to attend your Branch meeting or your Branch do not have an upcoming meeting, please submit your nomination to your Branch Secretary. 

Please ensure your Branch receive your nomination by the 1st September 2018.

Your Luxury Charity Raffle
Enter the luxury charity raffle for your chance to win some fantastic prizes. Raffle tickets cost £5 each and all proceeds go to the Presidents chosen charities which are the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and The Cancer Fund which exists to make a positive difference to lives affected by cancer in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin & Mid Wales.

Winning tickets will be drawn at the President's dinner on the evening of the 10th October. 

Click here to purchase your tickets online, alternatively buy your tickets at National Conference. (Online purchases will close on the 1st October.) 

Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration 11th Edition -
Reserve your copy & save!
Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration is a complete statement of the law relating to parish and community councils, in the form of an extensive though succinct narrative accompanied by comprehensive statutory materials.
Now in its eleventh edition, 'the yellow book' remains the key text for Parish Councils, Local Authorities and solicitors practising in local government law and public/administration law.

We are offering National Conference delegates the chance to reserve their copy and collect it at Conference to save on delivery costs.
Click here to view the pre-order form.


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