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Cascading Leadership Programme







This free programme matches experienced, high-performing leaders in the voluntary and community sector (VCS) with others in the sector to share their knowledge and provide peer support. It is designed for those who want to develop both their organisational and leadership skills and contribute to the sector.


Who is the programme for?

The programme is designed for anyone who is leading an organisation in the sector that focuses on health and wellbeing. The organisation can be of any size, and either in the early stages of development or well established. We are offering two opportunities: to join us as a consultant or as a partner.

Cascading Leadership consultant (20 places available per programme)

You will be:

Cascading Leadership partner (20 places available per programme)

You will be:

Why this programme?

We have conducted a very successful pilot of this programme, which all those involved thought was distinctive because:

Read our report on the pilot programme

In this short film, both those providing and those receiving support on the pilot talk about their experiences of the programme.

How will you benefit from the programme?

By joining this programme as a consultant, you will:

By joining as a partner, you will:

Both consultants and partners will benefit from being part of a wider learning network, with the opportunities to build connections, partnerships and collaborations, learning from and supporting peers.

Participants on our pilot said:

What has been most useful is having some focused time and space for reflection and development and sharing the wisdom of my consultant. 


My consultation skills have been honed, sharpened and tested during the process. I have learned to be aware of my own preconceptions and possible prejudices.

A recent external evaluation of the pilot of this programme concluded:

Without exception participants view Cascading Leadership as a success in terms of the benefits they have gained both individually and organisationally. The pilot demonstrated that supporting voluntary sector leaders to offer consultancy to other leaders within the sector enables them to develop professional skills, alongside deeper strategic leadership.

What will you do on the programme?

As a Cascading Leadership consultant, you will:

As a Cascading Leadership partner, you will:

Selection process

Cost of the programme

There is no charge to take part in this programme, which is being funded by the Big Lottery Fund, using money raised by National Lottery players for good causes, and by Comic Relief.

Consultant’s place valued at £3,120 – based on training and coaching support that you will receive from the The King’s Fund, plus other benefits such as travel and accommodation.

Partner’s place valued at £900 – based on training from The King’s Fund, travel and accommodation. This does not include a monetary value for the cost of the free consultancy which forms part of this offer.

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