Abstracts: February 1st, 2006

The National Councillor Mentoring programme is an innovative National Programme for councillors, focusing particularly on those new to their job – either newly elected, those who have taken up a position on the executive or are new leaders. The programme has been established to support and build political leadership capacity within local authorities. It offers a range of peer mentoring activities that will continue to build capacity and support increased role effectiveness and performance of councillors at all levels.Investing in mentoring is seen as a prime means of building political capacity, to support the process of recovery and improvement in local government. The programme seeks to complement existing leadership and member development work and other learning strategies within the council. It also aims to increase training development, information and support tailored to meet the particular challenges that face young councillors, women councillors and councillors from minority ethnic groups.

Details of the programme are available at: http://www.idea-knowledge.gov.uk./idk/core/page.do?pageId=433262