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Below are a series of webinars hosted by DAPTC to ensure the working relationship between parish, town and unitary authority are productive and informative. The sessions run monthly and will be for about 1 hour. The timings are geared to appeal to either officers or councillors attending, so invariably 4:30pm to 5:30pm on Tuesdays or Thursdays. A schedule of the forthcoming events will be listed and if you feel this is relevant to your council send someone along to report back at your next meeting.

There will always be an opportunity to pre-submit questions or ask them during the session and resources will be provided afterwards. For some of the webinars there may be a defined audience and invites will be directed to those groups, this could be geographic or specifically rural parishes or towns. We'll make this clear ahead of the webinar.

We ask that delegates are respectful of the presenters and hosts. 

#Let'sTalkLibraries Update Phase 2

Thu 29 September 2022 at 4:30pm / 5.30pm via Zoom

As you may be aware Dorset Council are developing a new library strategy which will inform how we develop and deliver our library services over the next 10 years. The strategy is being developed across two phases of public consultation; phase one “Let’s Talk Libraries” consultation ran October 2021- January 2022. We received over 7,500 survey responses and carried out a range of engagement workshops. Phase one Let’s Talk Libraries was designed to be an open conversation with our communities, employees and partners to understand what they value about our service, how we could develop our services and how we can become relevant to those who do not currently use our services.

By listening to all our communities’ views, we have developed a draft library strategy, with mission to: “To Inspire, Connect and Enable our communities through our services”. We are preparing to launch our second phase of public consultation on the draft library strategy; where we will be asking our communities to prioritise the strategy outcomes that are most important to them and help shape what delivery could look like in their communities.

We look forward to updating the next Working Together Webinar on how we want to hear from you and your communities during this important second phase of consultation, to help refine the draft library strategy and shape the future of Dorset Council’s library service.


Dorset Council Libraries Consultation Update - 1st August 2022 4:30pm

Following a successful and engaging phase one Let’s Talk Libraries consultation, the library service are pleased to return to DATPC to offer an update on progress.

Dorset Council’s new library strategy is being developed across two phases of public consultation: phase one Let’s Talk Libraries consultation took place in October 2021 to January 2022 and we heard from over 7,500 Dorset residents, partners, employees, Councillors and businesses. The draft library strategy, reflects the wealth of feedback received during phase one consultation and evidence around local need.

During the webinar we will discuss our strategy development process and introduce the draft strategy, including our vision, our mission, strategic aims and desired outcomes.

As well as introducing the draft strategy, we will walk through the work we will be completing over the summer in preparation for phase two Let’s Talk Libraries consultation. Phase two consultation will launch in the autumn; during phase two consultation we will ask our communities and partners to help refine the draft strategy, we will explore what the most important strategy outcomes are to them and what delivery could look like in their communities. This will allow us to prioritise resources and develop delivery action plans by spring 2023.

1: Session Slides

2: Briefing Note 

Presented by Liz Crocker and Lisa Cotton 

Community Resilience Planning & Severe Weather Events

Resilience Planning for local communities is increasingly important and was highlighted especially between Spring 2020 and late 2021 with the COVID pandemic.

Marc Eyre and Nigel Osbourne from Dorset Council's Assurance Team provided an update and insights from recent severe weather events and how communities can start a Community Resilience Plan'

Resources from the presentation and important links to further supporting information will be posted here soon. The video from the webinar can be seen to the right.


Developer Contributions - East Dorset & Purbeck

26th April 2022 at 4pm - Developer Contributions Briefing for East Dorset and Purbeck

Andrew Galpin from Dorset Council presented an update and background to the Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 obligations for the geographic locations of East Dorset and Purbeck.

Session Slides 

Developer Contributions - North Dorset

The session was held on 21st April 2022 at 4pm and unfortunately we were unable to record the briefing. Slides have been made available and distributed to all attendees and are also available below.


Developer Contributions - West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland

Developer Contributions Briefing - West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland

Andrew Galpin from Dorset Council gave an overview of Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 with regard to planning.

The slide in this section specifically relate to the geographic location for this session.

Session Slides 


22nd March 2022 - Working Together Webinars - Defibrillators 

Cllr. Andrew Huggins the Vice Chair at Lytchett Matravers Parish Council shares his thoughts on what to consider when installing defibrillators into your community.

This hour long video covers a variety of topics from the types of machines available, installation costs and ongoing checks and costs. Andrew is happy to answer any queries from other member councils if you are thinking of installing a defibrillator for the first time or adding more. Contact details are on the final page of the information pack below:

Considerations of Community Defibrillator Provision 


Integrated Care System and Family Hubs

 22nd March 2022 - Working Together Webinar - Heatlthcare and Family Hubs

The latest in our series of Working Together Webinars featured two updates from Dorset CCG as they transition into the new Integrated Care structure and Dorset Council on their Family Hubs initiative.

Presenting for Dorset CCG were Frances Aviss and Ben Norman

Presenting for Dorset Council were Claire Shiels and Thomas Fowler

If you want to get further information you can request the contact details for the presenters via . More detailed background on the ICS can be read here: ICS in detail


9th November 2021 - Working Together Webinar - Libraries

Delegates were updated on the recently launched 'Libraries Consultation' by Liz Crocker from Dorset Council. The consultation runs to 7th January 2022 and parish and town councils are requested to provide feedback to the consultation. The survey link for parish and town councils is here: Parish & Town Council Survey

For more information on the consultation click here: Let's Talk Libraries Consultation 

Slides Presented by Liz Crocker 

Community Asset Transfers

16th December 2021 - Working Together Webinars - Asset Transfers

Cllr. Laura Miller and Paul Scothern presented information on the process by which parish and town councils can apply to transfer land and buildings owned by Dorset Council.

Community Asset Transfers - Slides  | presented by Paul Scothern

For more information or specific queries contact:  Email Community Asset Transfers

To read more about the team and process: Community Asset Transfers Webpage 

Learn how to access Dorset Explorer where you can see assets and property owned by Dorset Council.