Member Development and Support

What's available?

  • Please note that the face to face support and training outlined below can now be delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams.

The work of a councillor is complex and challenging and the political, legislative and local landscape in which they work is changing constantly. Communities have high expectations of their elected representatives from the day of their election throughout their period of office. Both new and experienced councillors need appropriate support, information and professional development to undertake their complex and evolving roles.

"Working with authorities to provide members with support and professional development"

The WLGA works with local authorities across Wales to provide this important support to councillors, working in partnership with the councillors themselves and the officers who support them.

  • Guidance for authorities, councillors and officers on all aspects of councillor support and development as and when it’s needed
  • Advising on the development of councillor training strategies and programmes including identifying and briefing specialist consultants and trainers.
  • Facilitating national councillor and officer networks to develop a strategic Wales wide approach to member support
  • Developing national guidance materials for members such as competency frameworks, model role descriptions and the Councillors Guide
  • Creating Induction and training materials  and e-learning for councillors
  • Representing local government interests and views to ensure that the needs of councillors are promoted and that the requirements of authorities are reflected in Welsh Government policies, programmes and legislation
  • Promoting leading practice and raising standards of councillor development and support through the Wales Charter for Member Support and Development
  • Supporting councils’ arrangements for personal development review for councillors, including workshops for those involved and undertaking or sourcing peers to undertake reviews for councillors who chose to seek this outside of their local arrangements
  • Commissioning and designing the Welsh Leadership programme for councillors

Coaching, training and workshops provided by WLGA officers.

Councillor skills workshops: £200 plus VAT.

  • Chairing skills for councillors: An interactive workshop covering the key skills required to chair meetings effectively. This provides councillors with some examples of good practice and encourages them to consider their own performance as chairs or vice chairs
  • Chairing skills for scrutiny: A similar workshop catering for the specialist needs of the chairs of overview and scrutiny committees
  • Scrutiny Questioning skills: An interactive workshop on outcome focused questioning strategies and techniques for scrutiny committee members
  • Effective scrutiny for better outcomes: An opportunity for scrutiny members to review their approaches to outcome focused scrutiny which makes an impact
  • How to be a mentor: An interactive workshop where members have opportunities to develop practical skills in mentoring new or inexperienced members
  • Similar bespoke workshops on request where expertise is available in the WLGA. For example induction workshops

Workshops are typically 2hrs. Maximum numbers 15 councillors per workshop. Workshops can be delivered to councillors from one or a group of authorities. Workshops can be provided through the medium of Welsh or English through simultaneous translation.

Regional/National Workshops on new or key areas of councillor skills and knowledge: £75 plus VAT per delegate (4 for the price of 3 for multiple bookings).

Individual Coaching for Councillors: £200 plus VAT for 4 confidential sessions (plus cost of any psychometrics). Sessions will be provided by a WLGA qualified coach, to help councillors address current or new challenges, role changes or personal skills.

Individual Support for Chairs: £400 plus VAT. Confidential one-to-one support for chairs focusing on improving confidence and performance in meetings and on webcasts. This would include observation of meetings, feedback on performance and 3 coaching sessions.

For more information contact: Sarah Titcombe


The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) represents the interests of local government and promotes local democracy in Wales.

Tel : 029 2046 8600
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Business Hours : Mon - Thurs 8:30 - 5:00, Fri - 08:30 - 16:30