The Open University has announced that it will be providing sponsorship for The Red Thread Partnership’s RTP Fellowship Programme for two years, supporting an initiative that brings together young leaders from all walks of life to build a more cohesive and inclusive community in Milton Keynes.
The Fellowship Programme was launched in May 2016, since when six leaders from the Milton Keynes region – selected from across all sectors – have been developing their leadership skills by working to support participating charities (MK Snap and The MK Gallery), giving regular weekly contributions of their time and committing to fund-raising activities.
Focused on helping participants to develop their leadership skills by developing sustainable communities, The Fellowship Programme encourages them to use their skills to help the charities become more sustainable. Each offering is tailored to participants’ needs following interview and psychometric profiling, and the programme’s leaders follow Red Thread’s own Sustainable Leadership methodology as they complete five workshops, each focused on a specific leadership dimension: role modelling; inspiring a shared vision; challenging the process; enabling others to act, and encouraging the heart.
Fellows also participate in reflective learning sessions, sharing their insights from the work they have undertaken with their chosen projects and exploring how to apply what they have learned in their own workplaces. Throughout the programme, they are monitored, mentored and supported by The Red Thread Partnership.
Ian Howell Director of the Open University said:
“I am delighted that the OU will sponsor The Red Thread’s Fellowship Programme for the next two years. The course provides a tremendous opportunity for young people to develop their leadership skills and make a valuable contribution to charities in Milton Keynes.”
Freddie Guilmard Managing Director of the Red Thread Partnership commented:
“Having the Open University as our main sponsor means that our fellows have access to a vast online learning library which they will be able to use throughout the programme to continue to supplement their learning – we are delighted to have such a great institution supporting our programme.”