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New leadership opportunity in development for Leicester & Leicestershire

Clore Social Leadership and Reaching People are excited to announce a new initiative to develop a programme of leadership development and support for Leicester and Leicestershire’s Voluntary and Community sector.

The programme, delivered in partnership with Leicestershire-based charity Reaching People, will build on the success of HEY100, which successfully ran a programme of leadership development and training involving 100 social leaders in Hull across 2018. This programme demonstrated the huge benefits of running a local intervention across different strands, offering leadership support to everyone from new manager, to more experienced managers, chief executives and trustees.

We know from HEY100 that a place-based approach can have a transformative impact for individuals, their organisations and the communities around them. A place-based approach builds confidence and skills and provides the opportunity for collaborative working that is crucial in increasing impact of social organisations. By bringing together leaders across traditional silos, a place-based approach goes beyond self-development and equips social leaders with the necessary tools to cascade leadership and help to strengthen Leicester and its communities.

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, Clore Social and Reaching People have carried out local research into the specific needs and structure for leadership training in Leicester and Leicestershire. The findings are to be presented at a series of events in Leicester on Thursday 9 May which will be attended by representatives of the voluntary and community sector as well as the Mayor of Leicester Peter Soulsby.

Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan is the project manager for the initiative. She has worked for nearly ten years running Zinthiya Trust, a Leicester-based charity that offers support to women from disadvantaged backgrounds, and completed a Clore Social Fellowship Experienced Leader programme in 2019. Zinthiya said:

“I am so excited about the potential that this initiative can bring to the voluntary and social sector in Leicester. Leicester’s social sector relies on an army of dedicated leaders who run incredible organisations and are the lifeblood of their communities. They work and volunteer tirelessly and generously in these roles, creating social change and serving local people. This programme, which we are developing using input and insight gathered from a wide range of Leicester-based leaders, will help the voluntary and social sector in Leicester and Leicestershire achieve even greater things together."

I am so excited about the potential that this initiative can bring to the voluntary and social sector in Leicester.
Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan

Jenny Hand, CEO of Reaching People, said: “Reaching People is a consortia of local VCSE organisations, all committed to working in partnership to improve outcomes for the sector and individuals we support. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Clore Social, and learning from their experience. Both organisations are working together to secure funding for the delivery phase of the project which we aim to see up and running this September.”

To get involved and find out more about the project contact Zinthiya on

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