The Open University and The Wheel Launch Free Leadership Development Learning Hub for Ireland's Charity and Community Sector

Posted on 4 Jul 2024

In an exciting new initiative aimed at bolstering the leadership capabilities within Ireland's charity and community sector The Open University (OU) in Ireland has partnered with The Wheel, the national association of charities, community organisations, and social enterprises. This collaboration marks the launch of a dedicated free learning hub on The Open University's OpenLearn platform.

The learning hub, accessible to all, features a collection of specially curated free courses and resources designed to enhance leadership skills. This strategic initiative underscores both organisations' commitment to fostering growth and development in Ireland's third sector by providing accessible and high-quality educational resources.

John D’Arcy, Director of the OU in Ireland, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership: "We are thrilled to collaborate with The Wheel in creating this vital resource. The Open University has a longstanding tradition of making education accessible to all, and this learning hub is a significant step in supporting the leaders of tomorrow within Ireland's charity and community sectors."

The courses available on the OpenLearn platform cover a wide array of topics pertinent to leadership and management. Participants can delve into subjects such as strategic management, financial accounting, leadership, and sustainable innovation. The courses are designed to cater to varying levels of experience, ensuring that both emerging and seasoned leaders can benefit.

Ivan Cooper, CEO of The Wheel, highlighted the importance of this initiative: "Leadership development is crucial for the sustainability and effectiveness of the charity and community sector. Our partnership with The Open University provides an incredible opportunity for our members to develop their skills and enhance their impact in their communities. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these free resources.

The partnership between OU in Ireland and The Wheel is set to address the pressing need for continuous professional development within the charity and community sectors. By offering these courses at no cost, the initiative removes financial barriers, making leadership training accessible to a broader audience.

As the sector faces increasing demands and challenges, the provision of these educational resources aims to empower individuals and organisations to navigate complexities with greater confidence and competence. The collaboration also exemplifies a shared vision for a more robust and resilient third sector in Ireland.

This initiative stands as a testament to the power of collaboration in driving positive change and fostering a culture of continuous learning and development.

Interested individuals and organisations can access the free learning hub on The Open University's OpenLearn platform