Norfolk Association of Local Councils
Norfolk ALC exists solely to provide advice and support services to its local council members.
The Association is affiliated to the National Association of Local Councils and works within network of affiliated County Associations
Alongside this, our 'well-being' activities are led by John Pennell, from our Executive, together with Professor Tim O'Riordan, our president, supported by a number of others, from our Executive and elsewhere, drawn from various backgrounds.
Our Mentoring activities are led by Sarah Thorpe, and we work closely with a number of SLCC/Clerk colleagues in providing this service, mainly to new clerks.
Chairman of Norfolk ALC Well-being Task & Finish Group
Our Training Officer, Gabbie, delivers our many regular councillor and clerk training courses. We have a team of experienced Tutors who deliver training across their specialities, ensuring that content is topical, current and accurate.
- Alan Fairchild
- Charlotte Stannard
- Phil Brown
- Steve Parkinson
- Rosemary Cochrane
Alongside the support from National Association of Local Councils, and our colleagues in our neighbouring County Associations, we work with a network of specialist practitioners to build on the services that the team (Russell, Gabbie, Helen, Maddy and Sarah) provide. These practitioners include:
- Chris Moses, Personnel Advice and Solutions Ltd, for HR advice (link to website)
- Steve Parkinson, for VAT and accounting
- Birketts and other local solicitors, ensuring specialisms across many areas.
- Charlotte Stannard, for charity governance
- Alan Fairchild, for general parish/ town council advice, and particularly for cemeteries and burials matters
- Phil Brown 'Norfolk's Data Protection Mardler' for information security
- Ross Bullard, Came & Co Insurance Ltd, for risk management and insurance
- Norfolk County Council and also the District Councils for advice in a number of areas relating to services/ expertise provided by them
- Westcotec, and a number of other commercial organisations, for example in relation to energy, signs and lighting queries
Norfolk ALC is not a public sector body. It is a not for profit organisation funded by member council subscriptions, training fees, contract and project related income to re-invest in membership services.
The Association represents the corporate interests of local councils, providing advice that best suits the council.
The Association is governed by its members. The Executive Committee is elected from local councils. The members set policy positions at the AGM and area meetings. This way Norfolk ALC is firmly grounded in grass-roots democracy.
Norfolk ALC provides a range of high quality, trustworthy and reliable advice services for supporting councils.
A close relationship with the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is an integral part of the membership service and significant sums are invested each year to procure the support of NALC's professional team of specialist lawyers and policy officers. Norfolk ALC is the only authorised provider of NALC's services in Norfolk.
We also have other close partnerships to complement and expand our services for indemnified specialist knowledge.
The County Officer complements these services and is also able to offer conciliation support in the resolution of difficult circumstances.
Training and Support
Norfolk ALC provides a new training programme with a broad range of relevant courses. They include training tailored to meet the needs of local councillors and clerks, including the Certificate of Local Council Administration, Word-Press website training and leadership skills.
Norfolk ALC holds a series of events each year for councillors and clerks.
Policy and Presentation
The Association speaks with a strong collective voice on policy issues affecting local councils. It actively represents members' interests to the National ALC, who in turn lobby Government on their behalf. It works in partnership with experienced teams across the county network of District, Borough and County Councils and other public service providers.
Norfolk ALC worked with Norfolk County Council to provide a platform for council websites.
Norfolk ALC is unique amongst County Associations in providing dedicated IT support to councils.
Local councils benefit from the information services which Norfolk ALC provides.
Member councils also enjoy newsletters and regular email bulletins.
Development and Customised Services
Norfolk ALC offers support in specialised areas for the professional development of council administration and practices. These include tailored consultancy services such as governance reviews; operational appraisals; salary reviews; financial and policy assessments; recruitment services and professional support in dispute resolution.
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