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Making it real - a community leadership event

Release Date: 19-Aug-2009
This seminar will give delegates the opportunity to hear about good practice in community involvement, participatory budgeting and local management agreements.

10am-3pm, Tuesday 6th October 2009
Cedar Court Hotel, Huddersfield
We have attracted some exceptional speakers to join us to share their expertise at our Community Leadership event and we would like to invite you to join us.

Setting the scene
Isobel Mills is the Regional Director of People and Communities for Yorkshire & Humber.

Isobel will share some of her many interesting insights into community involvement and empowerment and give practical examples of what has worked well in different parts of the region.

Targeting Community Priorities - Participatory Budgeting
Phil Teece manages the Participatory Budgeting Unit for Church Action on Poverty.

Phil will explain what is meant by participatory budgeting and give examples of how it has been used effectively by local authorities in different parts of the country to allocate spending and improve services in a range of areas. This includes the environment, road improvements, activities for children and young people and health and fitness activities.

Taking Control – Local Management Agreements
Mervyn Thomason is a Principal Resident Involvement Officer working for CityWest Homes Ltd.

Mervyn will talk to us about Local Management Agreements. This is an agreement between the Council and residents of an area to manage local services such as gardening, caretaking or cleaning. Under the agreement, the Council may pay a group of residents to either do the work themselves, or employ someone else to do it for them.

About the venue - the event will be held at the Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield.

Tea and coffee will be available on arrival and throughout the day and lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any special dietry needs.

The full cost of attending this event is £90 (plus VAT). Thanks to our partnership with Train to Gain, you may also be entitled to a 50% discount -depending upon your organisation’s circumstances and if they qualify for Train to Gain Grant. Please enquire when you book your places for the seminar