Group awarded funding for leadership programme

Pictured at the first Community Leadership Programme round table workshop in, The Manorhouse Hotel in Enniskillen, are some representatives from local Co Donegal groups.

Pictured at the first Community Leadership Programme round table workshop in, The Manorhouse Hotel in Enniskillen, are some representatives from local Co Donegal groups.

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A Moville group have been awarded a share of a 2.1million funding pot to complete a community leadership programme.

Moville and District Family Resource Centre are one of 44 groups that have been awarded places for the leadership programme for 2011-2012, which is funded by the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) in conjunction with the International Fund for Ireland.

Each group has nominated five individuals who will work towards achieving a level three award in leadership from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

The group will also have the opportunity to tailor a training programme to meet the needs of their group and receive a bursary of £2,500 (2,750 euro) to undertake an action learning project.

Una McKernan, from NICVA, said: “This is now the third year of this very successful programme.

“The first 27 groups completed the programme in 2009-10 and 27 groups from year two have almost completed their learning pathways, ending in March 2011.

“All groups are showing lots of evidence of improved leadership skills, which can only benefit how their groups are run and the local communities they operate in.”

The round-table events kicked off in Ballymena earlier this month and continue in Enniskillen and Belfast throughout February and early March.

“The events have proven to be very successful at bringing together clusters of groups in order for them to network and learn from each other.”

Jason Carson from the International Fund for Ireland encouraged participants to give the time and effort required to complete this leadership programme.

He said: “The fund is making a big investment in developing community leadership to change communities for the better and it is now up to you to make the most of it.”

Programme contributor, Richard O’Rawe from Stellar Leadership, challenged the groups present to unlock their leadership potential. He urged them to actively influence people in their local communities and to bring real change through strong leadership. Quoting Ghandi he said “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”