Join this one-day virtual event for training focused around the ‘Clerks’ Year Calendar’ to support you with important tasks for the upcoming months such as:

  • Preparing your 2022/23 budget
  • Using social media to support your work as a council
  • Your advisory service FAQ’s answered including councillor non-attendance & recording apologies
  • Tips for running a health & wellbeing project
  • Essential measures to protect your council against cyber threats
  • And more!

The event will take place using Zoom.

Delegates will be sent the Zoom link to access the training day a week before the event begins.


8th September 2021, 10:00am – 4:00pm


Members: £45 + VAT
Non-members: £90 + VAT
Bring along a fellow clerk, officer or councillor and get their non-member place for £45 + VAT!

CPD Points

Attend this event and log 2.5 CPD points!

Using Social Media to Support Your Work

In this session, you will discover:

  • How you can use social media to deliver key messages to your community
  • How to meet your council objectives using social media
  • Increasing positive interaction on social media with your community
  • Using social media to promote events

Sam Flynn, Sam Flynn, Managing Director, Sam Flynn Social Media, has been training businesses in the use of social media for over 9 years.  Sam has a background in business psychology and she uses this a lot in her training to help businesses understand how to build relationships with their online audience.

She speaks regularly at events worldwide about achieving success on social media.  And has written the ‘Social Media Super Success’ book.

Sam Flynn (trainer photo)

Tips for running a health & wellbeing project

Find out how to run a successful health and wellbeing project with Vanessa Lowe FSLCC, Clerk to Alcester Town Council.

Vanessa will provide examples of the health and wellbeing projects undertaken in Alcester, including her tips for making your project a success and things to avoid from the lessons she has learnt.

Vanessa Lowe for the SLCC Training Seminar in September

Preparing your 2022/23 budget

Lisa Roberts PSLCC, SLCC Advisor & Clerk to Bosham Parish Council, explains how to prepare your 2022/23 budget.

Budgets are a tool to assist us in planning the financial layout for a defined period, and thus can help us in the important annual task of Precept setting. This can be a daunting prospect if you have never done one, but at the end of the this session you should feel confident in starting the process with your council.


  • The rules on precept setting Vs budget setting
  • Why set a budget?
  • What goes into a budget?
  • Getting started
  • Management, review & forecasting
Lisa Roberts PSLCC, SLCC Advisor

Cyber Security Essentials

David Astwood, Customer Support, Microshade VSM, Event Sponsor

David will discuss common cyber threats facing local councils of all sizes and the essential measures clerks can put into place to stay safe.

Cyber Awareness e-Course delivered by Microshade & Kaspersky

Advice Service FAQs

Lisa Roberts PSLCC and Robert Foulke, SLCC Advisors, will cover some of the common queries put to the advisory team such as:

  • Clearing up the confusion between Parish Meeting, Annual Assembly and Annual Parish Meetings
  • Councillor non-attendance and recording apologies
  • Plus so much more!

How to Achieve Skate Park Success

Find out how to coordinate and manage a skate park project with Rosemary Smart PSLCC, Clerk to Earls Barton Parish Council.

This session will cover:

  • Liaising with a project/group or working party
  • Engaging stakeholders and the community
  • The costs involved and fundraising opportunities
  • Procuring the contractors
  • Tips for a successful project
  • Overcoming additional challenges such as the pandemic!
Rosemary Smart PSLCC, Clerk to Earls Barton Parish Council.

Feedback from Training Seminars in 2021

‘This was the best training event I have ever attended. The content was on target and explained beautifully. Bargain price for the knowledge and expertise imparted. And whilst we do not have the face to face experience, I also managed to deal with some emergency situations throughout the day so being in the ‘office’ was really useful.’
Helen Griffiths, Chalfont St Giles Parish Council

‘Although I missed meeting colleagues in person and the inevitable gain from networking, holding the Regional Training Seminar virtually worked really well.  The programme was fast paced and without travelling the day was shorter so there was the opportunity to keep on top of work.  A win-win situation!’
Julie Larter FSLCC, St Austell Bay Parish Council

‘To do these training sessions virtually is so much easier as you don’t have to give up a whole day. You can listen in to those sessions of most interest/use, and do others things whilst the other sessions are being held. Thank you, I have a back ground in planning and deal with the planning aspects at work, so the planning session was of particular interest to me.’
Helen Ferdinand, Yeovil Town Council

‘Excellent program covering useful topics, lots of useful information.
Philip Peacock PSLCC, Huntingdon Town Council

The Virtual Training Seminar (VRTS) is generously sponsored by Microshade VSM.

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Cyber Awareness e-Course delivered by Microshade & Kaspersky