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In the current era of austerity, many town and parish councils are considering the option of taking on services from district, county or unitary councils, but would value a programmed approach to help ensure they are doing things in the best and most sustainable way.

This 60-minute webinar looks at appraising services to meet local needs and finding the best route to funding them in the longer term.  Topics covered will include:

  • Clarifying the relevant local needs
  • Identifying all the options for meeting those needs
  • Checking the implications of taking on an existing service
  • Reviewing the advantages of starting a new service from scratch
  • Finding resources and partners to secure successful delivery

Depending on local circumstances, services can range widely across:

  • Community-run buildings, including services from those buildings
  • Economic development and tourism
  • Support for local business, including business start-up
  • Public park management
  • Other public facilities such as toilets, car parks and markets
  • Youth services

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

  • What services are failing, closing or not available in your area?
  • How much do you know about the reasons for their unavailability?
  • Which local needs must be met by a relevant local service?
  • What is the apparent shortfall in resources to deliver such services?
  • Are there partners that could help deliver services, including volunteers?

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 Thursday 27th June.

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

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*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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