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As well as aspirations for local improvement, many town and parish councils are considering the option of taking on assets or services from district, county or unitary councils, or are facing other issues and opportunities that need local support.

This 60-minute webinar looks at practical steps towards involving local people in these larger regeneration-style projects and programmes, whether it be approving them in principle or helping to deliver them in practice.  Topics covered will include:

  • Communities of place (local residents) and communities of interest (such as sports club members)
  • The business community
  • The difference between consultation, engagement and involvement
  • The benefits of involving the local community
  • Ways of reaching the local community
  • Ways of keeping people connected and motivated

Depending on circumstances, local people can be involved in many ways:

  • Helping to identify key local issues
  • Confirming local priorities
  • Bringing vital local knowledge to a partnership board
  • Spreading news by word of mouth
  • Volunteering with community-run facilities such as libraries
  • Engaging in community-based fundraising

The webinar covers all these topics and more, and engages participants through key questions like:

  • What exactly is the agenda for change in your area?
  • Have you sought community views so far?
  • How much are the local community already engaged?
  • What positive and negative messages have you received from residents?
  • What does the area need that the community might help with?

The webinar will be led by Andrew Maliphant, a qualified parish clerk and trainer who has over 25 years’ experience in delivering community-based local regeneration. 

(This is a follow-on from the Beginning Local Regeneration webinar in October 2018 and is linked to the Improve, Regenerate or Manage Change in your Community session in the 2019 Regional Training Seminars but can be attended as a stand-alone topic).


About the trainer:

Andrew Maliphant, B.A. (Hons), Dipl. Soc. Sci., CiLCA      

The webinar will be led by Andrew Maliphant, a qualified parish clerk and trainer who has over 25 years’ experience in delivering community-based local regeneration. (If you would like a more detailed webinar on a specific regeneration topic, please let us know).

Andrew has been the part-time parish clerk at Longhope, Gloucestershire since September 2012, and also carries out consultancy work under the banner of The Community Works. 

He has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors, and has over twenty-five years’ experience in regeneration programme and project management, in both rural and urban areas.  He has successfully led teams in community-based regeneration in market towns, city centre and the urban fringe, in all of which he developed and delivered partnership projects with community groups and outside organisations. 

Andrew describes what he does as “Helping People to Help Themselves”, with particular reference to improving the place where they live or work.

Since publishing his Local Regeneration Handbook (Sage Publications October 2017 – available from the SLCC bookshop) Andrew has continued to share and develop good practice through networking, published articles and training courses.  His people skills and varied work experience make him very comfortable working with new groups and individuals, and he is very happy to talk to any parish, town or community council – or other local group - about their plans and concerns for the future.


Book your next personal development opportunity now!

Your Society is offering this 60 minute webinar from 10.30am - 11.30am on Wednesday 24th April.

The cost is just £30 + VAT for SLCC members and £35 + VAT for non-members.


Joining instructions will be sent to you 3 weeks before the event and your invoice will be sent 5 days after the event. We advise that, on receipt of the joining instructions, you are liable for any fees incurred in order to attend the event.


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