Want to run the best campaign you can? ALDC can show you how…

ALDC are running five training events this year, taking place over two weekends, and ALDC members need to act fast to book early-bird discounted rates, available on a first-come, first-served basis of £160 for a single room (usual price is £240) and £130 for a double room per person (usual price is £210).
The non-ALDC member rate is £280 for a single room and £250 for a double room per person. It’s cheaper to join us and then book our member rate. Find out more and join.

They are all taking place at Yarnfield Park in Staffordshire and the price includes all of your meals and accommodation.

Kickstart Weekends, 6-8 July + 23-25 November

Come along to get tailored, professional advice; training and bespoke mentoring for your team from experienced Liberal Democrat campaigners and councillors.

The weekend caters for everyone; whatever your role in a campaign, and regardless of your experience. You’ll go away having improved your campaigning skills and with a well-developed campaign plan ready for your next set of elections.
Find out more, and book your/your team’s places.

PagePlus Masterclass, 6-8 July

Taking place alongside our Summer Kickstart, we’ll be running a PagePlus masterclass for people new to using the programme or in need of a refresher. The course will cover an introduction to PagePlus, basic techniques, how to download and use ALDC templates, and will include time to create a leaflet using materials we provide. There will also be training in literature as well as courses on messaging and photos. Find out more and book here.

LGA/ALDC Councillors’ Weekend, 6-8 July

Running alongside our Summer Kickstart is our joint event with the LGA Lib Dem Group. The weekend is packed full of sessions focused on improving your skills in your important roles as both a Liberal Democrat councillor and a campaigner. The training includes: how to be an effective councillor, managing casework, political influencing, scrutiny and a Facebook advertising masterclass with Mark Pack. Find out more and book here.

Agents’ Training, 23-25 November

Taking place alongside our Autumn Kickstart weekend, we’ve developed a course to take prospective election agents through the process of being an agent in local elections. The course is suitable for complete beginners, but will also be relevant for those who want to bring their knowledge up to date. The legal framework we operate in continues to develop and so up to date training is vital for all agents. Find out more and book here.

* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners

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  • £ 280 for a single room? Is this the party of the people or a comfy middle class organisation for the few ? How many recipients of Universal Credit and the benefit cap (circa 2012) be attending?

  • Catherine Jane Crosland 27th Mar '18 - 10:10am

    David Raw, I agree. The cost of a Kickstart weekend means that it is out of the reach of people on benefits, or indeed people in work but on low incomes.
    This is an example of how it can be difficult for someone on a low income to receive the training that would enable them to be a successful candidate.
    Local parties do sometimes cover the costs of people who cannot afford to pay. But someone who would have difficulty in paying will often be reluctant to ask for help of this sort from their local party, knowing that the local party probably has only very limited funds available, hardly enough to cover the costs of leaflets etc.
    Perhaps the national party could subsidise these weekends, so that they are available at a much more affordable cost. But it would also be good if ALDC could organise one day courses, giving the same sort of training as the Kickstart weekend, but more intensively, and hold them in a number of different areas of the country, so that most members would have a course within easy travelling distance, with no need for an overnight stay.
    See also Mick Taylor’s comment on the article about the Policy Working Group, about how people who live some distance from London will be prevented from becoming involved in national committees and working groups, unless they can afford to spend a good deal of money on travel and overnight accommodation.
    The same issues apply to Conference! Members cannot even use their right, as members, to vote on policy, unless they can afford the cost of a Conference ticket, plus travel costs – and accommodation unless the Conference venue happens to be close to their home. Yes, there is the access fund, but many people would not quite qualify for this, but would still struggle to afford the cost of attending Conference.
    All too often the Party does seem to assume that members have plenty of money to spend, and shows little sensitivity to those who do not – and then wonders why its membership is disproportionately middle class and comfortably off!

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