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Newsletter: DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality

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For International Women’s Day this week, we were able to highlight some of your experiences of Empowering Women. It was great to be able to cheer for all women in local public services. And for our immediate past president, Sam Smith, in particular.

Join the alumnae and take time for yourself with Empowering Women.

Can you help us with a survey for and about you?

For many years a “service user” was synonymous with an office-based employee. Recently, some User Survey participants have reported a rise in other types – particularly pupils within schools.

We’d like to explore what effect these changes are having on the service provided.

Even if you don’t support any education services, your response will provide valuable context.

Complete the short survey

2023’s Mentoring Programme is open

Register your interest with the training team. You are welcome to volunteer as mentor or mentee. There’s plenty to gain from both sides of the relationship.

Setting us up and sending us on this journey is guest coach and mentor Zoe Lewis.

In conversation with Aidan Matthews, on Tuesday 28 March, Zoe will share her deep knowledge and insights into the things that make a mentoring relationship successful, pitfalls to avoid and the rewards that can be gained.

Training bingo

What’s missing from your Socitm bingo card?!

Top Talent and Empowering Women return next month – both will hold their final sessions and presentations at Presidents’ Conference (in Brighton). All conference audiences are supportive, but you will have the opportunity to make plenty of connections and network with colleagues in the public and private sectors.

If there a colleague who join one of these programmes? Let us know.

How was it for you?

Share your Socitm training experience with us and other members. Fill in the short Q&A, just as Alexandra Murphy has this month.

Digital Showcase Conference 2023

Spotlight on local government digitalisation outcomes
10:00 to 16:45 | Tuesday 21 March | Teams
Join the LGA’s fourth showcase, which this year will spotlight some innovative work councils are undertaking to deliver services using digital tools and solutions across the 12 local government digitalisation outcomes framework.

Pease note: On the final page it will mention a payment but this is a free event! Click to complete the registration. No payment details will be requested.

Register to join the showcase

What will your survey discover?

It takes time and effort to survey your ICT users, so why do it?
Gathering data about your ICT users, and how to do it, was the topic of yesterday’s weekly webinar.
Two of the key messages from it were time and thought. It’s take time and effort for you to prepare a survey, for people to complete it and then for you to analyse the date. But put that time and effort in, and you’ll get the best data from the best source – your users.

You can share that time and effort with a Socitm user satisfaction survey.

Watch the webinar and let us know if there’s something you want to clarify or if we can help further.

Watch the webinar


This year, you register for training using points instead of places.
Not sure how it works? Send any questions to Dominika Szulim-Wronek.

Your new Leadership Academy Advocate of the Month is Alexandra Murphy.

Training in March and April
Use 1 of your training points on 1 of these workshops 🙂

  • Thursday 23 March Valuing diversity
  • Thursday 30 March : Cyber breach workshop The ONLY one this year. Don’t miss it!
  • Monday 17 April Top Talent (London – final 2 sessions in Brighton at Presidents’ Conference in June) [4 points]
  • Thursday 27 April: Empowering Women (London – final session in Brighton at Presidents’ Conference in June) [3 points]

Once you’ve finished your training don’t forget to claim your CPD points.

Socitm Advisory

Are you making full use of your membership?
As part of your membership you can receive between 2 and 12 hours of FREE consultancy advice per year. To make use of your inclusive consultancy hours, get in touch or log in to My Account.

Public Sector National 3 Peaks Challenge

Local government is always up for a challenge. Jonathan Stephenson, joint Chief Executive of Brentwood Borough and Rochford District Councils, is leading teams to tackle a different kind of challenge. Climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden, all in the space of 24 hours.

This year, Jonathan has teamed up with The MJ, Solace, the LGA and Socitm and is planning to climb the three highest peaks in Great Britain alongside as many public sector staff and their partners as possible.

Read more about it

Events from Socitm and partners


Missed a webinar? Past recordings are available to watch in the resource hub. Also, make sure to check out our regional events. There’s a mix of online and in-person meetings, so please feel free to join any that are outside your area.

Browse the events calendar

Are you looking to make data-driven decisions for your council?

14:00 to 15:00 on Thursday 16 March
Salesforce invites you to join the virtual Tableau User Group session to learn how Surrey County Council and Hampshire Police are doing just that with Tableau.
Any questions on this session or anything Salesforce related, please drop Katherine Duffy a line.
Read the agenda and register

DigiGov 2023 | 23 May | QEII Centre, London

Join the 10th annual DigiGov Conference. Hear from Socitm CEO, Nadira Hussain; CDIO at the Cabinet Office, Mike Hill; and Head of Digital and Transformation at Woking Borough Council, Adam Walther.
Register now and network with leading public sector tech professionals.

Secure your free pass

Thank you for reading (or scrolling) this far! Just one more thing…

It might be March, so it’s definitely too late for a New Year style ‘here’s some things we learned’ article. Here’s one anyway 🙂

Lessons We Learned This Year: How to Create a Better Workplace in 2023

The workplace rituals one is interesting. How can we replicate that through hybrid or remote working?

Make sure you connect with us on LinkedIn and on Twitter to keep up-to-date with everything happening.