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Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1SH

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Training and Events

Many of our courses can be adapted for in-house delivery and can be specifically tailored to meet individual needs.

Sometimes due to reasons beyond our control a course has to be cancelled or postponed.  We will advise nominating officers and applicants immediately of such a decision.  Please note in exceptional circumstances we may have to make changes at short notice to the content (to reflect changes in legislation, current thinking or topical issues), timing, speakers and/or venue.

South West Councils, Dennett House, 11 Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1SH, Learning and Transformation Administration Team: 01823 270101


Role of the Frontline Councillor



Course Duration:

2 hours


This course is for delivery on an in-house basis and can be customised to deliver specific learning outcomes. Suggested content is described below.


A 2 hour workshop, ideal for newly elected Councillors or those wanting to improve their understanding of the Councillor's role


A workshop to explore the key expectations of the role in the context of the community, the mechanisms of local modern governance, the council structure and the political dimensions that shape the role


  • The Councillor and the Council
  • Why become a Councillor? 
  • Getting to know your ward
  • The campaign trail, local issues, case work, events and consultation
  • Representing the community and constituents’ expectations
  • Challenges facing Councillors: capacity, resources, family life, employment, the press
  • The management and structure of the council
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