Cultural Playing Field

Developing leadership in community groups by Robin Simpson
December 5, 2008, 3:11 pm
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On Monday I was in London to attend a meeting of the Community Sector Coalition Steering Group for the Leadership & Governance National Support Service. Our discussions focused on one particular strand of the new support service which aims to address the need to improve leadership skills in small community groups. All the National Support Services funded by Capacitybuilders are designed to build capacity in front-line, grassroots, voluntary and community sector groups by working with ‘support providers’ including infrastructure organisations and umbrella bodies. In this case a pilot programme of training is planned for development workers in support providers working with local community groups to enable them to champion leadership skills. On Monday we met the consultants who have been contracted to deliver this pilot programme and helped them to start to design the training. I am very keen to ensure that at least one voluntary arts umbrella body is involved in the first training sessions, which are likely to take place in Spring 2009.

Robin Simpson.

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