WISE Programme

A free Wandsworth-based leadership programme for Voluntary and Community sector organisations, designed to enhance leadership capabilities and build strong networks.

WISE Programme

The Wandsworth Innovation, Skills and Empowerment (WISE) Programme is a free leadership development initiative designed to develop the behaviours, skills, and networks of leaders working in the Voluntary and Community sectors of Wandsworth.

Delivered in partnership with the Battersea Arts Centre, and generously supported by the Wimbledon Foundation and the Battersea Power Station Foundation, the WISE Programme will involve participants in a range of leadership focused learning activities, as well as in designing and delivering a Local Challenge project tailored to the identified needs of the community.

The programme will run over 3 years, with annual cohorts of 20 free places available for leaders who are keen on developing the resilience, confidence, and efficiency necessary to drive personal, organisational and Borough wide change.

Please note that applications for this programme have now closed. If you would be interested in future runs of the programme, please register your interest above.

Start your leadership development journey

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What you'll get

  • Develop ‘soft’ people skills

  • Learn the power of using skills such as coaching, mentoring

  • Establish strong networks within the voluntary and community sector of Wandsworth through shared learning experiences

  • Take on the challenges you are currently facing in your organisation

  • Build the confidence to lead with impact and learn how to navigate complexity and change

  • Join the Clore Social Leadership Fellowship on completion of the programme

How you'll learn

  • Free 1 year programme
  • Approximately 20 days commitment (we suggest allocating at least half a day per week to the programme throughout the year)
  • 5 face to face learning sessions with external trainers
  • Sharing of experiences and expertise from the group
  • Online learning modules
  • 360 feedback review
  • Action-learning sets
  • Peer-mentoring
  • Team Challenge project focusing on a real challenge in the community
  • End of Programme transition event

Do you want to learn more about the programme?

Join us for a free Taster session

Our approach

The programme draws on all aspects of our Social Leaders Capabilities Framework to develop inspirational, empowering, courageous, focused, passionate and generous leadership capabilities.

Using the Social Leaders Capabilities Framework, you will...

  • Reflect on your own strengths and areas for development
  • Turn those insights into practical action
  • Increase your resilience and confidence
  • Use tools and techniques that will help you become a more agile leader
  • Become more effective in your leadership role and enable high performance within your team

Who it's for

  • Anyone with 3-6 years’ experience of leading people or projects in the social sector of Wandsworth (this can include teams of volunteers as well as paid staff)

  • Anyone who has the drive to create organisational and sector-wide change

  • Leaders looking for their next challenge and seeking to increase their impact.

Start your leadership development journey

Register your interest

Our partners

  • Bac

Our supporters

  • Wf Partner Lockup Bps
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