DAPTC E-News 2 September 2022 
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Hello Everyone

Just a short newsletter this week and only a couple of items to bring to your attention as we all get back into the swing of things after the long and very hot summer.

Dorset Council would like your help to publicise their campaign to find more Foster carers in Dorset, please take a look at the information and contact details shown below.

And whilst Neil's swanning around Europe this week it falls to us to remind you all the CLERKS' CONFERENCE is fast approaching! We now have over 50 clerks who have already booked their place but if you have just returned from your own holidays and have been meaning to book up, please can you do so before mid-day on Tuesday 6th September - Registration here Find out more about the content on our dedicated webpage page including cameo videos from presenters and exhibitors: CLERKS' CONFERENCE   

We are really looking forward to getting together with you all face-to-face, it will be great to see so many familiar faces and many whom we have only seen via Zoom for the past two years!

Debbie & Lisa
Head to our training page for course dates and topics | Download a printable schedule here: DAPTC TRAINING DATES

** NEW ** 1.   Do you manage allotments?  Help requested!

Sally Bowsher, Clerk to Puncknowle & Swyre Parish Council, is hoping that there may be other Clerks in Dorset that can help the Parish Council by sharing your Allotment Tenancy Agreement with her.  The council does have a current agreement, however Sally is looking to revise it.  If you would be willing to help please can you contact Sally directly at  

** NEW ** 2. Our Dorset shortlisted for five national awards
Dorset’s integrated care system (ICS), Our Dorset, has been shortlisted in five categories for this year’s HSJ Awards, including two nominations for Integrated Care System of the Year.
The HSJ Awards is an annual event that celebrates the very best of health care across the UK. Of the 1067 entries for this year’s awards, 219 projects and individuals made it to the final shortlist, including the five Our Dorset projects.
Further information is available via
Our Dorset shortlisted for five national awards – Our Dorset

3.   A cautionary tale - what to avoid during the External Audit process

The SAAA are mentioned in the introduction of this newsletter, and they have recently added a
new Blog to the NALC website. The Blog, entitled A parish council's failings - A cautionary tale from the Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments give details of how a small parish council ended up with a Public Interest Report and a large invoice from their External Auditors due to a series of mistakes that could have easily been avoided.  It is definitely worth a read.

4. NALC secures Arnold-Baker discount

NALC has secured a 20% discount for member local councils off the purchase price of the new 13th edition of Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration. The purchase price will be £164.99, reduced to £131.99 with a NALC member discount. To purchase your copy, please contact Lewis Williams at or on 01133 571 578.

Can you help with Dorset Council's campaign to help tackle a shortage of foster carers?
Dorset Council are currently running a campaign to increase the number of foster carers within the county and have developed a range of promotional material including posters, leaflets and digital communications.

Would your council be willing to help them get the word out by placing leaflets and
posters in your public spaces?  Any help would be really appreciated.  

Please contact Tilly Trinder at Dorset Council for the printed copies of the promotional materials and any further information.
DAPTC website - job vacancies page
NALC want to here about the valuable work that you have been doing
NALC are in the process of compiling the 2022 edition of their Points of Light publication and they are interested to hear 
For those who don’t know, Points of Light is a collection of case studies highlighting the range of work that local councils undertake. The 2021 edition can be viewed here.
If you council has done interesting and innovative work in the following areas: Loneliness, Cost of Living, Sport (especially football), Parks, Libraries, Markets, Young People or Civic Pride e.g. making places clean & attractive to visitors please send in any relevant weblinks or documents to Jessica Lancod-Frost at NALC.
NALC Request to complete Dementia Friendly Communities Survey 
NALC is hoping to produce a short briefing report in conjunction with Professor Ian Sheriff of the University of Plymouth in the second half of this calendar year – based on the results of an ongoing survey issued in mid-June around Dementia Friendly communities and use of the Dementia Friendly Communities guide published in 2020 here.
The survey has been extended and now ends at 23:45 on 30th September 2022, so please do
complete the survey.

NALC On-Line Events 
Working between the Tiers  - 28th September 2022 12pm - 1.15pm  Click here for more information

Local Councils and communications strategies - 26th October 2022 12pm - 1.15pm  Click here for more information
NALC to hold it's first-ever hybrid conference - Empowering Communities
NALC will hold its first-ever hybrid conference later this year. Empowering Communities takes place on 7 November 2022 between 10am and 4pm at America Square Conference Centre in London.

In person Ticket - up to £130 for NALC member
Virtual Ticket - up to £70 for NALC member

Find out more about the event and register for your place today.

Links to useful NALC Webpages:

NALC Committees - if you are interested in the work that NALC does through it's committees, you can view the latest Agendas and Minutes  here.

Latest Funding and Grants Bulletin 

Climate Change - information and guidance

 Keep up to date with NALC via their Blog page and their News page.
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