Clore Social Leadership awarded almost £500k by BLF to improve leadership

The funds will come from the BLF's Reaching Communities Fund and will be spent on the areas of engagement, insight, guidance and innovation

Clore: develops leaders
Clore: develops leaders

Clore Social Leadership has been awarded a grant of almost £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to help improve leadership in the voluntary sector.

Clore, which runs a range of development programmes for existing and aspiring charity leaders, will be given £498,744 over three years from January to enable Clore "to be a facilitator for leadership in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in England", a statement from Clore said today.

The charity said the funds, which will come from the BLF’s Reaching Communities Fund, would be spent in four key areas: engagement, insight, guidance and innovation.

These were identified through a Clore survey last year, which found that many leaders struggled to invest in leadership development because of insufficient time and money and a lack of clarity about the best training options.

To help meet this demand, Clore said it would use the funding to diversify the programmes it offered to reach more of the sector’s leaders.

A Clore spokeswoman said funds spent in the area of engagement would focus on connecting leaders and creating regional peer-to-peer networks throughout England that would "promote learning, collaboration and generous leadership".

She said Clore would also carry out research over three years to examine how the sector engaged with leadership development, what the needs were and where the gaps in the market could be found.

Shaks Ghosh, chief executive of Clore Social Leadership, said the grant meant Clore could reach more organisations to ensure the voluntary sector had the best leadership to support their beneficiaries and the wider community.

"Leadership is for everyone, from chief executives in large organisations to managers of local peer-led community groups," she said. "We want to stimulate engagement in leadership so that the sector is equipped to lead and drive change."

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