IFI Community Leadership Programme Opens

Recruitment for the third and final year of the IFI Community Leadership Programme (CLP) is now open.

Una McKernan from NICVA commented: “The first 27 groups, over 120 individuals, through the Programme are already showing lots of evidence of
improved leadership skills, which can only benefit how their organisations are
run and the local communities they operate in.”

"We are so grateful to have been part of this programme. We have been re-energised and refocused with the excellent help of our facilitator."

She continued “the Programme is now recruiting for groups to participate in the third and final year, which continues to offer exciting and innovative training and learning opportunities which aim to strengthen the leadership capacity of community groups.”
Year one participants, who celebrated their end of journey achievement in May, made the following statements: Rainbow Parenting Group: "CLP has helped Rainbow Parenting to feel revitalised, empowered, focused, giving us a greater understanding of ourselves and our community's needs".
Killybegs Womens Group: "We are so grateful to have been part of this programme. We have been re-energised and refocused with the excellent help of our facilitator."
The Programme is targeted at grass-roots community groups working at a
local level to develop their communities. It is for groups that work with the
whole community not single issue groups.
This is a one year leadership journey for groups, and by participating a group
and its committee will have the opportunity to:
  • Build the management and leadership capacity in your organisation.
  • Participate in ten action learning sessions with a dedicated facilitator for your group.
  • Benefit from a governance review, if one is required.
  • Receive ongoing support and advice from NICVA.
  • Network at three roundtable workshops with others from the Leadership Programme.
  • Achieve accreditation for individuals from your group at Institute of Leadership and Management level 3.
  • Opportunity for up to two people from the group to gain a Certificate in Management Practice from University of Ulster free of charge.
  • Receive a maximum bursary of £2,500 (2,750 Euro) for an action-learning project.
Groups currently in receipt of IFI revenue funding are not eligible to apply for
this Programme.

Find Out More

Important: this programme is only open to groups in Northern Ireland and the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland (Sligo, Louth, Leitrim, Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal).
Groups interested in the 2011/2012 programme should complete an
expression of interest form by 1 October, 2010 and return to Nuala Muldoon
at NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB.