The Elected Members' webinar Series has been developed by the IS to provide elected members with further development opportunities. Webinars are held live and elected members are encouraged to join in and participate on the day. Webinars are also recorded, so elected members that couldn’t join in on the day, can access and view the content.
A list of our upcoming and archived webinars is below:
New Elected Members’ Upcoming Workshops
Local Government Overview Report
Wednesday 3 August 2022, 14:00-16:00, MS Teams
Audit Scotland will provide an overview of the key findings and recommendations coming from the Local Government Overview 2022, which was published on the 25 May 2022. This will include a focus on the role of elected members in leading councils through the recovery and renewal phase of the pandemic, and will highlight a supplementary paper to the report that sets out questions for elected members to consider.
This ‘checklist’ was designed to support elected members in scrutinising and understanding how well their council is planning for recovery and renewal.
The event will provide opportunities for Q&A as well as a chance to discuss key findings amongst other elected members in small groups.
Register for Local Government Overview Report and you will shortly receive an MS Teams invite to the event.
#FollowMe2 – Social Media for Elected Members
Tuesday 23 August, 2022, 14:00-15:00, MS Teams
Social media is now a fundamental part of being an elected member. Whether you are a new or returning member, this session, delivered by communications guru Dan Slee, will educate, inform and take the fear out of what is increasingly an essential communications channel.
This webinar will introduce the main social media channels, and help you learn how to listen, spot case work and tell people what you are doing. You’ll also leave with some proven strategies to help you deal with comment, criticism and abuse.
Register for #FollowMe2 - Social Media for Elected Members and you will shortly receive an MS Teams invite to the event.
Improving Awareness and Knowledge of the Fairer Scotland Duty
Wednesday 7 September 2022, 14:30-15:30, MS Teams
This webinar will improve your awareness and knowledge of the Fairer Scotland Duty and what your role is in supporting your council to pay ‘due regard’ to socio-economic disadvantage in all strategic decision making.
Register for Improving Awareness and Knowledge of the Fairer Scotland Duty and you will shortly receive an MS Teams invite to the event
Recordings of all our elected member webinars, plus additional materials when available.
Child Poverty and Covid-19: Understanding the Impact and Taking Action
In October 2020, we hosted a webinar examining the impact of COVID-19 on child poverty
- Child Poverty and Covid: Understanding the Issues (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
- Taking a Trauma-Informed Approach to Recovery and Renewal (Improvement Service)
Scotland's Councillors 2017-2022
A survey of councillors elected in 2017. It looks at the demographic profile of councillors and questions relating to their role, such as additional employment status, how councillor duties are managed and why they chose to stand for election.
Follow Me: A Guide to Social Media for Elected Members in Scotland
An introduction to what social media is and how councillors can use it for communication. This also contains brief guides to the most popular social media tools.