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Member Development

How we support councillors

We provide support to council members to ensure that they have access to the relevant training and development opportunities they need, in order to carry out their duties and serve the electors in their ward to the best of their ability.

Member development opportunities are co-ordinated through a Member Development Programme and can be undertaken in a variety of formats, including formal training sessions, member briefings, one-to-one sessions (where appropriate) or attendance at external organisational or community events. Following district council elections, we also put in place an extensive programme of induction training and events for councillors, both new and re-elected. There is also a New Councillor Induction Guide, which provides information to guide new Councillors through their first few weeks in office.

Waveney District Council maintains a corporate training record for each Waveney District councillor (recognising that it is not possible to record every event attended by every councillor).

To help achieve this vision the key values that underpin the training strategy are:

  • Development will be available to all elected and co-opted members irrespective of political allegiance
  • The development will be based upon the identified and agreed needs of the individual elected or co-opted member and they will contribute fully to that identification
  • Development will be delivered through methods, locations and at times that ensure equality of access for elected or co-opted members' diverse personal circumstances, backgrounds and learning styles
  • The Council has a learning culture that views continuous development for elected and co-opted members as vital to its success
  • The Council acknowledges that elected and co-opted Members may have transferable skills from their workplace and/or life experiences that can be used to help them perform their council role

Waveney District Council has demonstrated a clear commitment towards member development and was awarded 'Charter Mark status for Member Development' in February 2009 and was subsequently awarded 'Charter Plus' status for Member Development in November 2009. Waveney was the first council in the East Anglian, London and South-East region to be awarded 'Charter Plus' and only the third in the whole country. The Council has continued to hold Charter Plus status since then and was last reaccredited in June 2017.