The successful Cascading Leadership programme is now open for new applications. The programme, now in its third year, offers free support, advice and training to the leaders of health and wellbeing charities based on a ground-breaking model of peer-to-peer support. To date, it has supported 120 voluntary and community sector (VCS) leaders and is now offering a further 64 places on this year’s programme.
In a challenging external environment for many VCS organisations, independent evaluation has shown that the programme can support organisations to tackle substantial challenges and develop the skills and confidence of leaders, whilst building cross-sector collaboration and peer support. Our blog on the programme also reflects on some of our learning from this work.
Successful applicants will be matched into pairs, with a consultant (an established charity leader), working with a partner (a leader who is seeking support). A distinctive aspect of the programme is that those providing the support are current leaders in the sector, who develop their leadership skills and receive training and supervision from The King’s Fund, while they are supporting another organisation.
The programme is open to leaders from all health and wellbeing charities, from small start-ups or support groups to major national organisations. This year, we are particularly keen to support smaller and newer charities. The programme is valued at £5,800 for each pair and is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.