Coalfields Regeneration Trust, New Leaf New Life CIC, The North East England Rainbow Alliance, Sunderland Bangladesh International Centre and the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) have partnered to provide changemakers with the opportunity to participate in a series of fully-funded sustainable leadership development programmes. This has been made possible thanks to funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The programmes are aimed at four constituencies in the North East of England, all of which represent previously marginalised groups, now stepping up and often using enterprising approaches to bring about social change. The role of the SEA and its partners is to support them in developing their leadership skills, confidence and connections, which will contribute towards amplifying the impact of their inspiring work.
The programmes are as follows:
Coalfields Regeneration Trust – Steps to Sustainability
This programme is for leaders of multi-functional third sector organisations (‘anchor organisations’) in the former coalfields.
Learners will have the opportunity to review how to improve their organisation's sustainability through facilitated sessions. The aim of the programmes is to ensure these organisations can continue to positively impact the communities in which they operate in the most impactful and future-proof ways.
New Leaf New Life CIC – Award in Leadership for Women Leaders
This programme is aimed at Women already in leadership roles in working-class communities, but who may not see themselves as leaders or even have formal leadership positions.
This leadership development programme will focus on how to create a culture of women’s empowerment and help learners to build a supportive network with other women for greater impact.
North Eastern Rainbow Alliance – Aspiring Leaders
This Aspiring Leaders programme will give a cohort of individuals engaged with the LGBTQ+ community the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills. These individuals will already be stepping up and creating positive change within their communities, this programme aims to further their impact and opportunities for growth.
Sunderland Bangladesh International Centre – Developing BAME Leaders and Learning Facilitation Skills
The aim of these programmes is to help embolden and empower Black and Minority Ethic (BAME) leaders to address the issues which are inherent in their experiences with confidence and clarity. This includes both recent migrants and diaspora.
A cohort will be given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, supporting them in bringing about positive change within their communities.
Another group will also be able to attend the Facilitation Skills programme, aimed at developing their knowledge and roles as facilitators and a representative of their communities and shared experiences. The goal will be to equip individuals with the appropriate skills to be able to share their learning with the wider BAME community, encouraging peer-to-peer learning and collaboration.
Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said:
"The model of People’s Postcode Lottery is all about communities winning together and the Sustainable Leadership Development Programmes follow that approach by bringing diverse leaders together to improve their local communities. Funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery are helping these social enterprises to empower existing and future leaders to have a greater impact in driving positive change, which is a welcome additional win for local communities."
Ella Camille, International Partnerships Manager at the Social Enterprise Academy, said:
“Having the opportunity to continue our engagement with, and deepen our relationships with, these incredible communities in the North East of England is absolutely wonderful. These partnerships have been founded on the shared values around the empowerment of communities to achieve positive social change and I’m excited to see the growth and development of all the individuals and communities involved."
The first of these programmes to begin was Aspiring Leaders in partnership with the North Eastern Rainbow Alliance, which started on 6 February.
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