“Lots of larger parish and town councils have been achieving exciting and innovative outcomes over the last few years, intentionally breaking the mould. Sometimes we are constrained by the fact that we don’t know whether what we propose is doable, sustainable or even legal. What is obvious is that we have a crucial role to play heading into an uncertain future.”
– Councillor Mel Usher
The conference came about due to interest from other town councils in the work that is happening in Frome but we were very keen to also highlight other fantastic work that we can all learn from.
The day followed a format of interactive workshops, discussion panels, and informal learning opportunities which we hope will be the start of a new way of councils sharing good practice.
We heard from and engaged with a variety of speakers, some from Frome Town Council but also from other councils and a few handpicked gurus. We discussed subjects like working with communities, alternative financing, resilience, interacting with local businesses and running meetings differently.
“If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you’ve always got” – Mark Twain