Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors

Kickstart 2017 and Councillors Weekend

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Wednesday, 4th January, 2017

Kickstart 2015 - Future Leaders with Mentors (500x375)

Kickstart is the highly regarded annual residential training weekend organised by ALDC. The weekend brings together some of the party’s most experienced and successful campaigners with campaign teams from across the country. The Kickstart weekend provides training, mentoring, advice, networking and an opportunity to build and improve your campaign plans and knowledge to win elections.

We are delighted to announce that booking is now open for both of our 2017 Kickstart weekends, taking place in July and November. July will also include our new Councillors Weekend. Please book here.

The Councillors Weekend is a new initiative for councillors and it will provide a great opportunity for councillors to network with colleagues from across the country. It includes training on how to be an effective councillor, making the most of your casework and social media training; as well as sessions on some of ALDC’s services for members, including free MyCouncillor sites and templates.


  • At least 30 hours of training with courses suitable for both new and experienced campaigners
  • Time to work as a team with an experienced mentor who can look at your plans and advise you from an independent perspective about how to make them even better
  • Guest speaker along with a three course dinner on the Saturday night
  • Drop-in sessions on more specialist campaign techniques and skills
  • In-depth strategy and review sessions on what worked for people in the 2016 elections
  • Two-nights full board accommodation – including meals and refreshments – in a dedicated training centre with bar and leisure facilities.

If you’re part of an existing campaign team we recommend coming along as a group to get more from the weekend and to make sure the whole team has a common set of plans. But don’t worry if you’re on your own and/or new to political campaigns, we will be able to help you build an individual plan for whatever you are looking to achieve in campaigning over the next few years.


  • Summer: Friday 7 July (registration is from 6.00pm to 7.00pm) to Sunday 9 July (around 1.30pm) and is particularly aimed at those with elections in 2018 and also includes a special Councillors Weekend.
  • Autumn: Friday 24 November (registration is from 6.00pm to 7.00pm) to Sunday 26 November (around 1.30pm)


Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, near Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0NL (map and directions)


The full price is £230 (Single room) and £200 (per person for a Double room)

This current subsidised rate for members is £150 (Single room) and £120 (per person for a Double room)

Claire Halliwell