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Ceannairí Nua/New Leaders 2022 programme open for applications

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Irish in Britain invites applicants for its 2022 Ceannairí Nua/New Leaders programme.

  • Would you like to become a trustee in a local community organisation?

  • Would you like to develop the skills that will sustain and build organisations that matter to you and your community?

Irish in Britain has developed a bespoke programme, Ceannairí Nua, which is provided free to successful applicants. It is a key strand of our goal to enable community development. This leadership initiative brings diversity, opportunity and resilience into our network of organisations that have met the needs of so many and kept us connected during such difficult times.

The programme is a tailored course, run by our delivery partner Diane West, providing the essential skills, tools and context for those considering trustee and governance roles.

Over ten months participants will attend monthly seminars, in person and online, to learn about the roles, responsibilities and value of effective voluntary sector stewardship. These include:

  • An introduction to the history of the sector  

  • A range of speakers in specialist and related fields 

  • Interactive learning on governance of voluntary and community sector organisations

  • Tailored networking to understand the operational and strategic needs of the sector 

  • The opportunity to explore and model governance solutions through group learning

  • Brokered introductions and placement opportunities with member organisations on completion

Criteria for selection to take part in the programme include:

  • The ability to commit to the programme 

  • An interest in strengthening the voluntary/community sector

  • An interest in promotion of Irish culture and welfare in Britain

  • A commitment to volunteering for governance roles

Feedback from attendees at last year’s programme include:

Colum Mackay: “The Irish in Britain New Leaders Programme has been a fantastic opportunity to learn some of the core skills and knowledge expected from board members. I've really enjoyed meeting other people from across Britain who are passionate about making a difference in their local communities through Irish organisations.”

Ashley Harmon: “I particularly enjoyed hearing from a number of charities in Britain about the amazing work that they do and I hope to get the opportunity to volunteer with a charity soon.”

Irish in Britain’s CEO Brian Dalton said: “This is an opportunity to develop skills and experience that will last a lifetime. There is huge talent and diversity within the diaspora in Britain and this is an invitation for all those who want to make a difference today, tomorrow and the future. We look forward to working together in 2022."


If you would like to apply download an application form HERE.

The deadline for applications is 31 May.