Our event is open to all and has a fantastic range of workshops with speakers including:
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COMMUNITY SKILLS SUMMIT
Learn how you can maximise your campaigning and make London a better place for walking, wheeling & cycling - register now to confirm your place.
We are holding our Annual General Meeting in the morning before the summit, between 10.00am and 11.00am, with tea/coffee on arrival from 9.30am. All are welcome to attend our AGM, although please note that only LCC members may vote and contribute; non-members are welcome to attend as observers. Find out more about our 2022 AGM here.
Registration & arrival for the Community Skills Summit with tea/coffee provided.
How can we accelerate change in London over the next four years? Find out from Deputy Mayor of London Seb Dance and Feryal Clarke MP (Enfield North). As Deputy Chair of Transport for London, Seb focuses on delivering the Mayor’s transport strategy to ensure 80% of all journeys in London are on foot, by cycle or public transport by 2041, while Feryal will talk about how community activists helped deliver groundbreaking schemes; how her work as an MP can help active travel grow nationally; and the importance of bringing in wider communities, including women, into campaigning. Their addresses will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
Free vegetarian lunch provided, alongside informal networking and breakout sessions
Campaigning for beginners: How to get off to a successful start - SESSION FULL
It can be daunting to want more cycling, or climate action, or a new playground in your area, and be faced with a wall of silence and hostility from your council. In this session we aim to get anyone new to campaigning to be able to walk out in just one hour with a basic set of tools on how to win friends, influence politicians and get active on making your area better.
Successful council engagement: Building trust with councils
When councils start delivering, even when they’re just talking the talk, it can be a difficult moment for groups – faced with substandard schemes and inexpert officers and councillors. “Critical friend” campaigning is about how to balance criticising the council appropriately with also getting them to do more rather than retreat into their shells. It’s one of the toughest things to get right – our expert campaigners will talk you through how they did and got their councils flying as a result.
Getting more help for your group
Being a welcoming group, attracting more people and retaining them as activists, promoting your group and drawing people in to do things – these are vital if you don’t want all the group’s work to fall on a very few shoulders. How do we find people in the borough who want to volunteer, and help them recognise how their skills might be useful?
Dealing with opposition - SESSION FULL
What happens when your council start successfully delivering schemes? Almost universally, you’ll face the backlash, or ‘bikelash’. What should you do when councils wobble? When ward councillors and local stakeholders come out swinging against a scheme? And when the social media trolls arrive in their apparent thousands? We look at the quick-fire ways to avoid schemes collapsing.
Campaigning for beginners: Borough journeys from starting blocks to brilliant - SESSION FULL
How do you get your borough to go from where they are now to one that is cycle friendly? Aimed at newer campaigners, this will cover developing political will in council leadership and ‘critical friend’ campaigning in less detail than other sessions for newer campaigners, with a clear ‘pathways’, ‘essential sequential’ approach to next steps.
Successful council engagement: Developing political will in your council
The council leader (and to a lesser extent cabinet portfolio holder) are the most important people you’ll need to convince of the need for action on cycling, walking and climate. They sign the cheques, they approve the schemes, they tell officers what to do. So how do you best reach them? And what do you do if they don’t give two hoots about these issues?
Covering the power of one-to-one bike rides, informal communications, how to align what you care about with what they care about, and testing approaches.
Reaching all (cycling) communities
A wider range of Londoners than ever before are or want to cycle – and LCC, campaigning for everyone in London, needs to be able to advocate for them all. We know that being active members of LCC is harder for some people in some demographics and some life stages, but there is ‘no about us without us’, so this session looks at what diversity & inclusion means in practice across what we do as LCC and local campaigners for active travel.
From Climate Safe Streets ‘ask’ to action
So, you got, or didn’t get, commitments from your council leader on our Climate Safe Streets campaign, but this is by no means the end of all the work you put into it! How do we best use and prioritise the asks developed, and the response you got from the leader and cabinet, to hold them to account and move things forward? What next for CSS and your group? Including climate coalitions, using the news agenda, and developing one ask as a priority.
We will leave the venue and head off to continue our knowledge- and enthusiasm-sharing informally in an inclusive space, possibly the Royal Festival Hall – just a few minutes’ walk/wheel/cycle away.
We're so excited to be hosting our Community Skills Summit for the first time in person since before the pandemic. All welcome, whether you're an experienced campaigner or just thinking about getting involved, whether that's pushing for a play street in your area or reaching out to your local council. The team and I can't wait to see you there.Katy Rodda
Address: Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH. (Google Maps location here)
Accessibility: The venue is fully wheelchair accessible and there are accessible toilets available on each floor. You can read Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre’s entry in the AccessAble Detailed Access Guide here. If you have any other accessibility requirements, please do not hesitate to email us.
Families: Young children and babies are welcome. There are no specific crèche facilities available at this event.
Dietary requirements: Event catering is vegetarian. If you have other dietary requirements (eg vegan, gluten-free), you can let us know via the booking form.
Getting there: Walk/Wheel/Cycle: Coin St Conference Centre is on Stamford Street, which is between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges, and just one street south of the quieter cycling route along Upper Ground/Belvedere Road (Blackfriars Bridge to Westminster Bridge). Tube: Waterloo (5 mins’ walk), Southwark (7 mins’ walk), or Blackfriars (10 mins’ walk). Rail: Blackfriars, Waterloo, Waterloo East. Bus: For more information see Getting Here on Coin Sts website.
Cycle storage: Standard bicycle racks are available for public use directly outside the centre. We will also have limited indoor cycle storage space available within our conference rooms on the day, including a number of lockable indoor racks.
Photography: There will be a photographer present at this event. If you do not wish to be photographed, please make yourself known to a member of staff on the day.
Cost: Everyone is welcome at both the AGM and Community Skills Summit. We are asking for contributions to help cover the additional cost of putting on the Summit this year. For those in full time employment we suggest a making a donation of £15. For those not in full time employment we suggest making a donation of £5. If you are unable to make a donation you are still very welcome to attend the event: it’s important no one is excluded. And if you’re not a member already, please do consider joining LCC. We’re a charity, and all funds go towards supporting our work.
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