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.

2016 National Councils

The 2016 National Councils have been excellent so far with a Scotland, Leeds and London being seeing around 20 local groups in attendance.

We're looking forward to the Northern Ireland event in Spring, watch this space for further details! 

The feedback so far 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:



Northern Ireland:  Saturday 25 March 2017


Encouraging members to become volunteers - tips from Local groups 755kb

Write up of Making the most of your members training

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.

An Introduction to health and safety for events (4963 kb) [pptx]

The key to keeping your group effective and active (243 kb) [pdf]

"Health and Safety session was an active and interactive session, extremely valuable, thank you" National Council Attendee 2015