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Ceannairí Nua: investing in New Leaders

The Ceannairí Nua New Leaders programme is a community development initiative by Irish in Britain, it is provided free as part of Irish in Britain’s investment in the future of our community’s organisations. It is a tailored course providing essential skills, tools and information for those considering trustee and governance roles; and who have the passion and commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of Irish people in Britain. 

It is a pathway for those interested in driving change, innovation and sustainability in our rich and diverse network. 

A certificate will be awarded to all those who have participated on completion of the programme. 

Seminars run every six weeks over the course of nine months and participants learn about the roles, responsibilities, and value of effective voluntary sector stewardship including:

  • 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

On the programme’s launch Brian Dalton, CEO of Irish in Britain said:

“We are delighted to play our part in developing and investing in the Trustees of tomorrow; we recognise that there is huge potential and talent within our community to build successful and effective organisations. 

“We also recognise the diversity in our community and we welcome applications from everyone who wants to make a contribution.

“This is an invitation to be part of our story, and more importantly to be part of our future. We have much to celebrate and champion”

2022 Programme

Read a report on the inaugural programme 2020/21 HERE.

Applications for the 2022 programme will open in February 2022 and the programme will begin in May 2022