This programme is inspired and funded by, as well as co-designed and co-delivered with, the Centre for Knowledge Equity, home of the LEx Movement (Lived Experience Leaders Movement).
Lived experience leaders, working across the breadth of the Criminal Justice Sector, are facing challenges like never before. As the ongoing uncertainties of the “double lockdown” in prison, and complexities of a second wave of the pandemic are increasing, such leaders continue to work tirelessly on emergency responses, while others are moving towards thinking about recovery and renewal in a post-COVID world.
As our communities are facing ever-increasing economic hardships and other social inequalities such as racial injustice, there is growing urgency about our ability to collectively respond. We need lived experience leaders to have the opportunity to develop so they can effectively challenge these injustices and positively transform the sector.
This free, bespoke online leadership programme is designed to provide a safe and supportive environment where lived experience leaders can enhance their social justice work, build and extend their confidence, gain visibility, and amplify their collective strength so they continue to drive positive change, tackle systemic inequalities, and effectively respond to the challenges brought about by Covid-19.
By offering access to an array of impactful leadership development tools, building strong peer networks, and developing a commitment to continual learning, the programme aims to act as a catalyst for change. Participants will emerge with strengthened individual and collective confidence and equipped with the necessary leadership tools to bridge the gap between frontline practice and strategic influencing.
We are seeking applications from lived experience leaders, and with equity at the heart of this programme, we will prioritise applications from people of colour, women and those working outside of London.
Taking place exclusively online between January - May 2021, participants will take part in ONE of the following streams:
- Discover, a four-week online leadership development journey to help you identify your leadership strengths and areas for improvement. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Time commitment: around 4-5 hours per week/16-20 hours in total.
- Discover + Action Learning Sets (ALS), conducted in a group of peers and facilitated by ALS specialists to help you address complex, real-life issues while working collaboratively with other leaders. Time commitment: between 28-32 hours over a six-month period.
- Discover + Professional Coaching sessions with coaches highly experienced in social leadership, as well as peer coaching opportunities. Time commitment: between 20-24 hours over a six-month period.
Based on your level of experience and answers given in the application form, moderators (including lived experience leaders from the LEx design group) will allocate the most beneficial learning stream for you.
It is likely that those at entry and intermediate level work experience will be eligible for the Discover programme only. Those at mid-level or senior level work experience may be eligible for Discover + Action Learning. Those at senior level work experience may be eligible for Discover + Coaching. Dates of learning streams will be clearly communicated when successful applicants are notified, by 15 December 2020.
During the programme, all participants will be invited to join the UK-wide Lived Experience Leaders Movement (LEx Movement) where you will be able to access support and resources to strengthen your systems change capacity and connect with LEx leaders working across sectors and industries, with an opportunity to learn from each other, and build collaborations on intersectional issues.
Upon programme completion, all participants will join Clore Social’s wide network of changemakers and leaders across the social sector, where they can connect with each other, support one another, and continue their learning journey together.
Recruitment for this programme is now closed.