Aligning time, skills and effort with the intention to build leadership skill and capacity is not easy; however leadership investment is more important than ever. That’s why the ASPIRE programme – a 12-month accelerated leadership development programme for 15 voluntary and community sector leaders – launched with a two-day residential opportunity that provided our emerging leaders with the precious commodities of time, space, a support network and expert challenge, on which to embark upon their journey.
Starting with a deep-dive into their personal values and visions for leadership the intensive two day programme achieved huge impact and the group emerged with a great sense of excitement and pride in being a part of something new and innovative that has the potential to create a movement of change for the voluntary and community sector.
David Padgett, Victim Support, is participating in the ASPIRE programme: “I’m not often enthusiastic about ‘training’, however this is already the best development opportunity I have had. It was the clearest learning I have ever experienced. I am now extremely confident that my participation on the programme will support a vision that I have for third sector victim-care agencies working effectively together to provide the best care and be a model for other counties to follow.”
ASPIRE has been commissioned by Essex Partners to foster a new generation of leaders for the sector. The ASPIRE group will unite with the Leading Greater Essex programme as part of their development.