Our Aspiring Leaders programme (formally known as Community Champions) is part of our Leading in Leicester and Leicestershire and Reaching People project.

This programme is for those who are passionate about their cause and enjoy getting involved in helping individuals and local organisations change things for the better. A person who steps up without hesitation when the community needs help and who has the potential to flourish and have even greater impact with some support, guidance and training.

It is designed to help you grow your confidence in dealing with people through understanding your leadership behaviours, empower you through self-awareness and help you build your ability to make a difference in your community or organisation. You will discover various models for understanding your environment and how to deliver change in an effective manner. All this starts with understanding that leadership is within us all and with the right guidance we can grow as individuals and community leaders.

This programme is focused on building behaviours in:

  • Enabling, supporting and inspiring others
  • Developing effective partnerships
  • Effectively driving change
Duration: 8 x 3 hours sessions (Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm)
Eligibility Criteria: In paid or unpaid role within VCSE in Leicestershire
Availability: Limited spaces available
Format: Blended delivery – online and face-to-face
Price: Free

Session Breakdown

There will be an element of home/out of session work required to make the most of this programme, we have tried to keep this to a minimum. This will be a mix of recommended reading, working on a project and recording reflections and learning from each session.

Session One

Introductions, Outline of Expectations
Leadership vs Management
Direction and Goal Setting

Session Two

Leadership Behaviors in the VCSE sector
Self -awareness, wellbeing and building resilience
Wellbeing workshop – taster session

Session Three

Exploring Leadership Behaviors – enabling, supporting and inspiring others
Building Trust
Developing Relationships

Session Four

Exploring Preferences and Communication Styles
Influencing and Engaging others
Difficult Conversations

Session Five

Exploring Leadership Behaviors – developing effective partnerships
Stakeholder management
Evaluating project ideas – Introduction to SWOT analysis

Session Six

Exploring leadership behaviors – driving change
Making change happen – applying ADKAR to your project
Group project work – putting it all into practice

Session Seven

Group Project work – Feedback, Group support and review
Mentor support with project challenges
Driving Change speaker

Session Eight

Group learnings and reflections
Presentation of personal Impact statement- Showcase of outcomes, learnings and future objectives

Programme Information

*This programme does not have a cost but there will be a requirement to complete feedback forms. This process will most likely fall at the end of the programme and your cooperation will be necessary as and when requested so that we can monitor the impact of this programme. Your feedback will help us tailor and refine the programme so that this course is as effective as possible.

The programme will be led by experienced coaches and trainers supported by expert speakers and Reaching People Mentors. A total of 8 sessions which are  currently delivered online via Zoom, future sessions are planned to be face to face group sessions.

For details on future cohort dates and more information on what is covered on the programme please see details below.


Session 1 Thursday, 16th September 9:30am-12:30pm Online
Session 2 Thursday, 23rd September 9:30am-12:30pm Online
Session 3 Thursday, 7th October 9:30am-12:30pm Online
Session 4 Thursday, 21st October 9:30am-12:30pm Venue tbc
Session 5 Thursday, 4th November 9:30am-12:30pm Online
Session 6 Thursday, 18th November 9:30am-12:30pm Venue tbc
Session 7 Thursday, 2nd December 9:30am-12:30pm Online
Session 8 Thursday, 16th December 9:30am-12:30pm Venue tbc