When I signed up for the Clore Social Experienced Leader Programme little did I know that within the year I would be given the opportunity not just to join their team, but to take forward a new Clore Social Leadership initiative as their National Engagement Manager.
As a Clore Social Leadership Fellow myself, I know that Fellows form strong bonds with each other during their programme; friendships that last for years after their programme has finished. And many will remember that niggle in their heads as they approached the transition, end of programme day, looming like a cliff edge, thinking...What happens now?
In the past, with Fellows scattered thinly across the country and into mainland Europe, the “what now” has been of their own making. But as Clore Social reaches its 10th Anniversary and the range of programmes offered each year increases, we have been exploring how we can support Fellows - past, present and future – to do more, connect more and learn more in their local areas and regions.
We are really excited to be announcing a new initiative - an opportunity for you to secure funding to galvanise social leaders in your local area. This is a chance for Clore Social Fellows to take the next step in building a national movement, a community of, for, and by social leaders. We are calling them Chapters – because we see them forming the first chapter in a story that encourages great and inspiring leadership throughout the social sector.