Candidate School Programme

Following a successful programme ahead of the May 2021 local elections, we are very excited to be holding the below series of virtual events for candidates in 2022.

All events are completely free to attend. Please sign up to as many or as few events as you would like. Some events have limited places, but we will endeavour to accommodate as many people as possible.

Upcoming events

POSTPONED: A training day at Smith Square - 11am-4.30pm
(originally scheduled for 14 January 2022, new date TBC)

Workshops on the day will be facilitated by Tasneem Siddiqi and Anna Marsden.

Tasneem is an experienced trainer and coach. Her broad experience, including as a BBC Radio 4 presenter, enhances her training programmes which include techniques to make an immediate positive impact, preparing messages to engage an audience, speaking in public, using body language and voice to communicate confidently. Sessions will cover self-awareness and communication, presentation and media skills, and creating a compelling campaign.

Anna is a high energy, qualified trainer. She has nearly 20 years of experience in public speaking, training and supporting people to enhance their communications. Anna is driven by a desire to share a deeper understanding of how we communicate in the lives we all lead. She is a Certified Associate for Emergenetics and also a proud LGBTQ+ Awareness Trainer with a passion for equality, diversity, inclusivity. Anna supports people who need to better utilise the myriad of communications tools available to help them be successful.

Please register to receive updates on the rescheduled date for this event.

Developing your USP - 18 January 2022, 3.30pm (virtual event)

This session will be facilitated by David Weaver. With almost 30 years’ experience in the field, David works on leadership and organisational effectiveness issues within the NHS, education and commercial sector and large charitable organisations. His work is complemented with significant experience as a life / career coach and mediator / conflict management facilitator. David is a former political advisor to Home Office ministers including the Deputy Home Secretary in the late 1990s.

For over a decade, David has been part of a team commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) to facilitate the Leadership Academy.

Register for the Developing your USP event.

Candidate School 2021/22 past events

9 November 2021 – 6pm – Introduction to Being a Councillor
15 November – 6pm – Canvassing
22 November 2021 – 4pm – Social Media
24 November 2021 – 12pm – Unitary Candidates Session
8 December 2021 – 6pm – Should I start a Political Party?