Birkbeck starts leaders course

Graham Willgoss

A university has launched a course on community leadership for activists.

The Certificate in Community Leadership course is run by Birkbeck, University of London, in conjunction with the London Civic Forum.

It aims to give community workers a better understanding of the environment in which they operate.

James Simister, programme co-ordinator at Birkbeck, said the course would be "lively and thought-provoking. We want to give people ideas that they can use in the community to develop their skills."

There are no formal entry requirements, but applicants must have been involved in community work for a year.

Birkbeck will use European Social Funding to allow participants who have spent two years working or volunteering in a community or voluntary organisation to take the first of the course's three modules for free. The subsequent modules will cost under £100 each to complete.

The course starts on 23 April, and Birkbeck plans to run a second in the autumn.

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