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FAQs for Individuals

How much will it cost me or my company?

Nothing! This is a no-cost programme. All we ask for is your time, energy and commitment! But because we believe in a challenge we will ask you to raise £500 for your charity over the course of the year you work with them.

How much of my time will I have to commit?

Committing to the programme means you will attend bi-monthly workshops (which equates to 7 days) spread over a year. You will also need to commit the equivalent of one hour a week (which could be done as two hours every fortnight, or four hours once a month) to support your chosen charity. Of course you may want to do more, but this is all we ask you to commit to.

What’s in it for me?

The benefits of attending the programme are not exhaustive. We’ve highlighted the main ones here:

  • The chance to really help develop and grow a charity or charitable project, thus making a real difference in your local community.
  • The opportunity to meet and work with like-minded individuals from a variety of sectors and businesses
  • The chance to experience a unique and rare ‘action learning’ experience working with leaders from non-competitive organisations who will actively help you to succeed
  • Over the course of the year you will come to understand better your preferences as a leader and the impact you have on people
  • You will have great networking opportunities to grow your contacts and in some cases, find potential new business leads
  • A comprehensive programme booklet containing ideas and concepts to help you develop your leadership practices; as well as space to capture your reflections
  • Fulfilling formal professional CPD hours
  • Upon successful completion, you will receive an ILM Accredited certification

Is it for everyone?

This programme is suited to middle managers with people and budgetary responsibilities and who want to move into more senior leadership roles. However, we have taken on high-potential junior leaders and conversely more experienced leaders who wish to challenge their assumptions about how to lead and refresh their skills.

We do select people for the Fellowship as places are limited using the above criteria, but if in doubt, please contact us.

What prompted The Red Thread Partnership to run this programme?

Our world seems ever more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous – and this brings daunting challenges for leaders and can create fear and anxiety in communities.

We believe the best way to respond to these challenges is to develop leaders who take an interest in the world around them, who invest in building their local communities, and who have the skills and aptitudes required to deliver sustained organisational success.

We’ve always been involved with supporting charities and this was a way of bringing leaders and charities together to really make a difference!

We also:

  • Recognise that good leadership development takes time and therefore needed a year long programme
  • Heard from charities that one day events weren’t always helpful or impactful and they would prefer more long term support
  • Wanted to create something that helped build inclusive and caring communities.

Does it really ‘make a difference’?

The simple answer is yes! Last year, one of the charities saw an impact worth approximately £30,000. And the fellows are still engaged with them now, with one of them being appointed as a trustee.

What’s in it for The Red Thread?

Nothing – we just think it’s important.

Again, what will it cost me?

Absolutely nothing!


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