Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2011
Update December 2012
The final quarter of my Fellowship kicked off with an inspirational week long course in using innovation techniques like those used in design, but utilised to find solutions to social and economic problems. A Common Purpose venture, the Dishaa is designed to foster UK-India relationships. Forty of us, twenty from the UK and twenty from India, spent the week learning and thinking about solutions to employability. Through guest speakers from both nations, immersion visits to local rural and urban projects and sharing of one another’s skills and knowledge, the week culminated in the presentation of a 3D model to a panel of experts. Demanding and fun, always a bonus on leadership courses, I found the course unexpectedly revealing. The timeliness of it, in the run-up to the culmination of my Fellowship provided space for me to reflect on what the Clore has changed for me.
The advantage of looking at my own country’s learning and skills issues within the context of another country brought home how important learning is. The issues in UK and India are in many ways similar, and one of the levers available to us is developing access to learning for all. My leadership framework was confirmed, learning as one of the key assets we have available to us as society to change. It sounds simple, but realising how much that drives me amidst the privilege of being involved in the most amazing learning programme that is the Clore Social Leadership programme convinced me of my passion and drive.
During this period I have completed my research, looking at learning opportunities for disadvantaged young people. The project attempts to define what good looks like in engagement provision for 14-18’s for the social sector. It provided an insight into how the sector is responding to commissioning and policy changes whilst supporting young people for a rapidly changing world where the ability to engage in learning, formally and informally is a crucial part of how we access opportunities and live our lives.
Current principal role: Strategy and Partnership Manager
Current principal organisation: Homeless Link
Other leadership role 1: Coach
Other organisation 1: Freelance
Research: What does ‘good’ look like in engagement provision?
Research topics: Charity; Education; Impact;
Secondment host: LEAP Confronting Conflict