Our Autumn Conference highlights

With a few days until autumn conference kicks off on the south coast, we’re hard at work preparing and really look forward to seeing you.

As always, we have a packed agenda of fringe events, running training courses, exhibiting our wares and holding our AGM. If you’re making the journey, we hope you’ll find something of interest in our line-up…

All the below information can be found in our downloadable conference plan.

TRAINING

We’ve split our training into five topics:

  1. Pick a ward and win it – features basics and essentials for new campaigners
  2. Talking to voters – helping you get out and talk to voters
  3. Be a councillor – a series of modules for councillors to make the most of their roles
  4. Success stories – sessions aimed at campaigners with experience of the topic to come and share the tips and tricks that have worked for them
  5. Online campaigning – giving you the online campaigning tools and confidence to take your campaign to the next level

SATURDAY

09.30-10.45

BE A COUNCILLOR: Recruiting, approving and selecting
This session covers the approvals process in detail, discussing why it is necessary, how to do it and how to carry out your local selection process.
Blandford, Marriott

11.00-12.30

BE A COUNCILLOR: Success stories
Come and hear from a diverse group of councillors about what difference you can make to your community once you have been elected.
Blandford, Marriott

14.45-16.00

BE A COUNCILLOR: Being an effective ward councillor
This session will look at how to strike the right balance between local campaigning, your community and the council.
Blandford, Marriott

PICK A WARD AND WIN IT: Getting started
An introduction to pick a ward and win for complete beginners.
Purbeck, Marriott

DIGITAL CAMPAIGNING: Using emails effectively
Once you’ve mastered the basics there are lots of clever ways you can use emails to reach even more of your local voters and expand your reach to those you don’t usually find it easy to engage with.
Bryanston, Marriott

16.15-17.00

TALKING TO VOTERS: MiniVAN
A practical session on how to upload MiniVAN onto your phone or tablet, load a list from Connect and use it in practice. You will need a phone or tablet device running Apple iOS or Google Android.
Blandford, Marriott

TALKING TO VOTERS: Knocking on doors
Effective canvassing helps you pick up issues, bond with local residents and pick up vital information. Find out the best techniques for doing this well and organising your door knocking sessions.
Bryanston, Marriott

SUNDAY

09.30-10.45

BE A COUNCILLOR: Building a councillor and candidate brand
A look at all the ways you need to think about developing your candidate brand – both online and offline and how to turn it into electoral success.
Blandford, Marriott

PICK A WARD AND WIN IT: Recruiting volunteers
Even in a small ward you can’t do it all on your own. In this session we discuss what jobs need to be done, what motivates people to help and how to recruit them.
Purbeck, Marriott

11.00-12.30

PICK A WARD AND WIN IT: Success stories
Panel discussion on how to make the breakthrough and win a ward from scratch.
Purbeck, Marriott

14.45-16.00

PICK A WARD AND WIN IT: Introduction to Focus
What is Focus and why is literature important? How do you go about producing them? What should you put in a leaflet and what makes a good one?
Purbeck, Marriott

DIGITAL CAMPAIGNING: Taking online campaigning to the next level
We look at moving on from the basics to create effective co-ordinated digital campaigns across platforms.
Bryanston, Marriott

BE A COUNCILLOR: Recruiting, approving and selecting candidates in your local community
This session covers the approvals process in detail, discussing why it is necessary, how to do it and how to carry out your local selection process.
Blandford, Marriott

16.15-17.00

DIGITAL CAMPAIGNING: Campaigning with video
Online campaigning is changing fast. To make an impact you need to be using both graphics and videos but these are surprisingly easy (and cheap) to do. We discuss the whys and wherefores of digital campaigning and take you through a real campaign.
Bryanston, Marriott

MONDAY

09.30-10.45

BE A COUNCILLOR: Being an effective ward councillor
This session will look at how to strike the right balance between local campaigning, your community and the council.
Blandford, Marriott

PICK A WARD AND WIN IT: Winning the postal vote
Winning amongst postal voters is increasingly important to election success. This session shows you how to do it.
Purbeck, Marriott

14.45-16.00

BE A COUNCILLOR: Building a councillor and candidate brand
A look at all the ways you need to think about developing your candidate brand – both online and offline and how to turn it into electoral success.
Blandford, Marriott

PICK A WARD AND WIN IT: The last week
Thinking about how you are going to plan for your final week of the campaign and get the most out of your Get Out The Vote operation.
Purbeck, Marriott

DIGITAL CAMPAIGNING: Facebook advertising
How to use Facebook as an effective tool for targeting your key voters and delivering your message to people online.
Bryanston, Marriott

16.15-17.30

BE A COUNCILLOR: More diverse candidate pools
Finding new candidates can be difficult. This session looks at ways to find new candidates and to help your pool of candidates look like the communities you are trying to represent.
Blandford, Marriott

TALKING TO VOTERS: Knocking on doors
Effective canvassing helps you pick up issues, bond with local residents and pick up vital information. Find out the best techniques for doing this well and organising your door knocking sessions.
Purbeck, Marriott

DIGITAL CAMPAIGNING: Campaigning with video
Online campaigning is changing fast. To make an impact you need to be using both graphics and videos but these are surprisingly easy (and cheap) to do. We discuss the whys and wherefores of digital campaigning and take you through a real campaign.
Bryanston, Marriott

TUESDAY

09.30-10.45

TALKING TO VOTERS: Doorstep campaigns – design, discussions and data
We look at how to set up canvassing sessions, choose who to canvass, brief and debrief teams and manage the data you have collected.
Purbeck, Marriott

11.00-12.30

DIGITAL CAMPAIGNING: Success stories
A panel discussion on how digital campaigning has been used successfully around the country.
Bryanston, Marriott

TALKING TO VOTERS: Success stories
A panel discussion on the importance of voter connect in campaigning and winning elections.
Purbeck, Marriott

FRINGE

We are running some fringe events in partnership with the LGA Lib Dem group, which are open to all attendees.

SATURDAY

20.15-21.30

ALDC AGM and Campaigner Awards
Have your say on how we’re run at our Annual General Meeting. This is then followed by our annual Campaigner Awards, where we celebrate successful local campaigning, sponsored by Midshire Riso (ALDC members only).
Highcliff Marriott, Dorchester Suite

SUNDAY

08.00-09.00

Community policing – Local Solutions for the 21st Century
As community police services are being cut across the country, what is the Liberal Democrat alternative? With Richard Adair, Baron Brian Paddick, and a representative from the Police Federation.
Highcliff Marriott, Blandford Room

13.00-14.00

Taking forward the liberal approach to free school lunches
Join us to discuss why free school meals are important, and if the Conservative government will endanger this. Debating will be Layla Moran MP, Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, and a representative from the Children’s Food Trust.
BIC, Westbourne Suite

Local solutions for ending homelessness
What is the best way to ensure an enduring solution? Considering the options are Wera Hobhouse MP, Cllr Adele Morris, and a representative from Crisis.
Highcliff Marriott, Blandford Room

19.45 – 21.00

Liberals in local government 1967–2017
ALDC was founded as ALC 50 years ago. Celebrate its 50th anniversary and discuss Liberal / Liberal Democrat achievements in local government with Cllr Sara Bedford, Cllr Ruth Dombey, Lord Tony Greaves, Cllr Kath Pinnock and Matt Cole (academic).
BIC, Bayview Suite 2

Local Government Association Annual Reception 
The LGA reception returns for another year. All friends of local government very welcome. Refreshments provided. Speakers: Vince Cable and Howard Sykes, LGA Lib Dem Group Leader.
Hermitage Hotel, Hardy Suite

EXHIBITION

As always, we’re sharing a stand with our friends at the LGA Liberal Democrat Group. Come along and say hello, we’re at stand 22/23.

The LGA’s national advice peer, Alan Connett (Teignbridge), will be available for political advice. Please stop by the stand and speak to a member of the LGA Lib Dems team to arrange an appointment. ALDC officers are also available for advice.

Safe travels to all making the journey to Bournemouth, we hope to see you there (apologies to those who aren’t going)!

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