Local group National Councils
NDCS offers Local Groups the opportunity to get together and meet other groups across the country, to celebrate successes and share challenges, by hosting a series of National Council events in the Autumn.
The local groups team provide NDCS updates, advice and training to help you maximise your group's potential and continue your great work in the community.
Many groups leave feeling motivated and inspired with fresh ideas and new tricks up their sleeves!
“As ever - excellent, always feel very empowered after these events to move forward.” National Councils event 2014
"An excellent day, we really enjoyed the active and interactive sessions, very valuable, thank you!" National Council event 2015
"I have learnt so much about the work that NDCS does and I feel privileged to be a part of it" Leeds National Council 2016
We encourage as many of your members to attend as possible. NDCS will cover the cost of travel to and from the event for one representative from each local group. For those who live over 90 minutes travel time from the venue, NDCS will be happy to cover the cost of accommodation on the evening prior to the event.
We also provide a free lunch for all those attending and communication support if needed. Where possible we will arrange child care provision, but this is not always feasible.
Local Groups Annual Meetings in 2017
We're looking forward to this year's meetings which will begin in Autumn this year.
Save the dates and watch this space for information on booking, coming in June.
London - Saturday October 7th
Scotland - Saturday November 4th
Leeds - Saturday November 11th
Northern Ireland - TBC
Local Groups Annual Meetings
The 2016 National Councils have been excellent with a Scotland, Leeds, Northern Ireland and London seeing around 20 local groups in attendance.
We're very happy to have had 4 successful events in 2016/17 and look forward to this year's events, which will start in the Autumn, with London kicking us off on October 7th.
The feedback has been great, one of the most successful sessions was run by the Participation team who helped the young people to consult with their local groups.
Another popular session was "Making the most of your members" where we all shared tips on getting your members more involved in helping the run your groups. Charlotte has written up the results and you can download them to share with your group here:
2015 National Councils
The feedback from attendees of the 2015 National Councils was extremely positive, with many committee members commenting on how the 'Health and Safety' training and 'The Key to keeping you group active and effective' sessions were particularly useful.
"Health and Safety session was an active and interactive session, extremely valuable, thank you" National Council Attendee 2015