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Newsletter: Talking about the general election

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No doubt we’ve been talking about the July general election as much as you. And as we continue delivering for our organisations, the support of your Socitm community remains essential. Continuing to share experiences, best practice and what works is at the heart of what you’re doing.

We don’t often get to meet in person, so when we do, we’re sure to maximise our time together. We hope to see you in Birmingham next month for our first President’s Conference as a charity.

Just 4 other things for you today:

1. Webinars

Catch up with last week’s webinars: Accessibility Week: the summary

2. President’s Conference is in 2 and a half weeks

Please keep registering as early as you can.
It’s really helping us sort out the final logistics and last-minute details (and take of your dietary and accessibility needs). Thank you.

3. Free training with Microsoft is back in June

Change Agent Manager offers an overview of the key skills needed to be an effective change agent – with a strong emphasis on the ability to lead change. Register now so you can take part on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 June.

4. Don’t forget mentoring – you’ve got till November

Join the group of people volunteering in 2024’s free mentoring programme. Not sure it’s for you? Register for the Magic of Mentoring webinar with guest host Mary McDowall (co-founder of Learning Solutions Matter) on Friday 7 June for all the details.

Take care. I hope you’re able to have a great bank holiday weekend.

Best wishes,


Illustration of a woman reading an oversized book, entitled, 'Local gov's big book of ideas'.

In Your Resource Hub

Digital Trends 2024: Contextual drivers

A sometimes bewildering collision of economic, social, and environmental pressures, more constrained resources, increased assessments and inspections, political uncertainties and growing public demands set the context and opportunity for digital and technology enabled change.

NEW Collaboration, innovation, and connectivity: a policy focus

With the pace of change is only accelerating, the coming together of collaboration, innovation, and connectivity has never been more critical. These three pillars are the foundation of driving progress. 
Get support in creating positive changes with research and practical examples and start to create better places.

Socitm Says: Social Value
Listen to Tim Spiers, Hema Patel (Oxfordshire) and Kurt Frary (Norfolk) talk about what good social value looks like.

Watch the ⁠Social Value webinar⁠ from Wednesday 22 May 2024 and read the Social Value Briefing for Digital and IT Leaders.

You might have missed…

Catch up with last week’s webinars: Accessibility Week: the summary

Watch Wednesday’s webinar: Social value. The public sector perspective

For ease of viewing, the recordings are divided into easy to navigate chapters, with subtitles and transcript available via the video player toolbar.

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Leadership Academy Alumni 2023


There are 3 more Empowering Women courses this year:
I was afraid that I would be surrounded by many inspiring women who were going places, and I would feel out of my depth!
Read more about it in Emma’s new Q&A. How was your course? Tell us about it 🙂

Virtual workshops

In-person programmes

Training places are included in your organisational membership – subject to availability and membership level. If you have any questions or would like further information, please email the training team.

People make places. President's Conference 12-13 June 2024.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to feel inspired, connected, and equipped to deal with whatever the future holds. There’s a terrific range of presenters but the people you sit next to during the day and at the evening gala dinner will be just as helpful.

National conference Sheffield 2024


Member-only meetings

Meet people for catching-up, problem sharing (and solving) and great networking.

Free webinars and meetings hosted by Socitm

Free webinars and events hosted by partners and others

Missed a webinar? Past recordings are available to watch in the resource hub.

Webinars are open to anyone in the public sector, membership is not necessary, so please do share them with your network.

Come and say hello

  • Tuesday 24 September: DigiGov Expo [London]
    Join Nadira Hussain, President Mark Lumley and Sam Smith
    • Nadira is chairing the Citizen Experience stream. In which, at 15:25, Mark (Director of ICT and Digital at London Borough of Hounslow) is a panellist on Data-Driven Collaboration: Transforming governance through strategic partnerships and enhanced data sharing
    • Sam is a panellist in the GovICT stream at 15:10 for Driving Transformation through an Effective Strategy: The pillars needed to achieve success

A few highlights from Government Business

The future of citizen-centric services in the UK public sector 🛠

A timely article (given this week’s webinar) about social value in procurement from Crown Commercial Service 🤝

Municipal vehicles: Wales’s journey to net zero 🚛

What happens when waste collection is completely managed by local authorities? ♻
Eight West Midlands-based local authorities have joined together to manage a local recycling plant, improving recycling and bringing down costs

A changing climate for long-term decision making 🌦
Joe Osborne at the Met Office is helping to provide organisations with the tools they need to manage weather and climate risks

Why councils should get statutory powers over economic development 🏙
Nigel Wilcock of the Institute of Economic Development argues for more statutory powers for councils

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

Some interesting reading here from LOTI’s Eddie Copeland: 5 habits of innovative councils

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