County Officers Weekly Review

Dear Clerks and Colleagues

Please share with your Councillors

Dear Clerks and Councillors

Clerks please circulate to your Councillors!

Yes I know I’m a little early this week, but bear with me.  I received information this morning from Jeff Smart at CloudyIT of two free seminars around IT and best practice including hybrid working.  As the first is tomorrow, I wanted to let you know straight away so you could sign up if you were interested. Details follow at the end of this email. 

Milton Keynes Council commences it’s metamorphosis to Milton Keynes City Council following it’s prestigious change in status.   Our young people, or their parents and sponsors,  will be pleased to know that On Wednesday 29 June, the Mercure Milton Keynes Hotel will host a FREE event aimed at young people aged 16-25 who are not yet in employment, education, or training.  Created by MK Council, the Young People’s Opportunities Fair will bring together 18 organisations from across the city. Visitors can drop in to learn about work experience, traineeships and apprenticeships as well as education and local job opportunities.

I’m delighted to issue a HOLD THE DATE notice for Tuesday the 25th of October 2022.  Our annual BMKALC conference is back and will be an in person event at The Oculus, The Gate Way Conference Centre, Gatehouse Rd, Aylesbury HP19 8FF.  Our theme for this year is Climate Change and how we as Parish, Town and Community Councils can act and influence our environments.  We will also be utilising the market space area, where our sponsors will be available for longer discussions.  Lorraine and Helen are busy lining up key speakers all with practical solutions that we can implement and adopt.  If you have seen anyone particularly inspirational who understands our sector, please get in touch and let us know. 

On the training front, coming soon:

Appraisal Skills with Chris Moses June 28th at 10am

Code of Conduct & Interest Your Responsibilities July 4th at 10am with Paul Hoey and the Monitoring Officers from Buckinghamshire Council plus Sharon Bridglalsingh, Director, Law and Governance at Milton Keynes Council

Village Greens with Roger Taylor July 5th at 10am

how To Review Your Neighbourhood Plan July 7th at 10am in-person training with Neil Homer

Currently in development we have Social Media Mismanagement – Your Responsibilities as a Council with Chris Moses.  We continue to develop The Training Framework for BMKALC and in addition to the core topics, look at for topical subjects which may help to inspire our Council family. 

We wish you all a happy and healthy weekend. Details of Cloudy’s free webinars below!

Kind regards

Mel, Helen and Lorraine

Join CloudyIT and partners this Friday, June 24th at 10 am for our FREE webinar on how to drive the adoption of digital best practices in your Council  
Learn about how (council name) can gain access to: 

  • Our E-Learning platform contains thousands of videos on how to use Microsoft   365 applications, that all CloudyIT customers have FREE access to.  
  • Our Skills boost training sessions, FREE training sessions for both staff and councillors  

Guest speakers include  

  • John Fairclough from Bletchley and Fenny Stratford’s Town Council will be talking about his experience recently moving to Microsoft 365 and using our E-Learning Platform to assist with the council’s modernization. View LinkedIn Profile
  • Karen Mann, Yorkshire ALC Local Council’s Advisory and Training Officer.
  • Gary Garnett Assoc CIPD, Prosci® and Microsoft 365 training and adoption specialist. View LinkedIn Profile

Sign up here to join, enabling you to access the recording of the session, which you can watch and share with your colleagues. 

Join CloudyIT and partners this Thursday, June 30th at 1 pm for our FREE webinar on The Key to Hassle-Free Hybrid Working: Choosing the Right Cloud for Your Council 

  • Learn about how your Council can gain access to: 
  • Discover the different types of cloud-based IT systems and their pros and cons 
  • Explore the fundamental requirements for modern hybrid working for secure, productive, and efficient day-to-day council operations 
  • Hear first-hand from councils using Microsoft 365 tools, about their best practices for effective hybrid working  
  • Tips on Healthy Communication or tips to boost productivity. 

Guest speakers include  

Sign up here to join, enabling you to access the recording of the session, which you can watch and share with your colleagues.

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