Women's Community Leadership Programme
The Women's Community Leadership Programme is a six-month free accredited leadership development initiative open to members of the Agents of Change Network.
The Programme has been designed by local women for local women, runs once a year, with 17 spaces available per cohort.
Delivered in partnership with Imperial College London, Hammersmith United Charities, Lyric Hammersmith and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, the Programme covers a range of leadership focused learning activities, self-reflection and the tools needed to design and deliver community-based projects that tackle local issues and needs.
Recruitment of our next cohort is currently on hold due to COVID-19
"We know that empowering women results in strengthened communities. This programme aims to equip women to become catalysts for change, with benefits not only to themselves but to everyone around them."
Professor Maggie Dallman
Vice-President (International), Imperial College London
Who is it for?
The Programme is open to members of the Agents of Change Network who live or work in the North of Hammersmith & Fulham, who have an active interest in driving positive change in the local area.
No formal qualifications are needed, however, applicants must be able to demonstrate their involvement in an existing or new initiative that responds to the needs of the local community.
Applicants must be able to commit to six full-day sessions and approximately 3 hours of self-work between the sessions.
Minimum age is 18 with no upper age limit to participate.
How you will learn
Learning takes place across six full-day face-to-face sessions, which are held in local venues in the North of Hammersmith & Fulham.
Starting from November 2019, sessions run one Saturday a month and are led by professional trainers and industry experts.
Participants are expected to attend all six sessions to graduate from the Programme.
We use a blended learning approach, with each session involving a mix of training, group and peer activities and interactive exercises. Participants may also be required to undertake independent learning between sessions.
Participants will have the option to be matched with a mentor throughout the duration of the Programme. Our mentoring scheme aims to build on the knowledge and skills the participants will gain through the sessions.
What you will gain
Peer-support through your own mini-network of local female leaders.
Explore your community leadership skills, including communication, working with others, influencing and driving change.
Develop practical skills around the design and delivery of change initiatives, such as project management, engaging your audiences and evaluation.
A dedicated mentor to support you through your programme journey.
The opportunity to feel more confident, prepared and supported to drive positive change in the local area.
Participants and their friends and family will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony in May 2020. All our graduates will receive an Imperial College London short course accreditation.
Upon completing the Programme, participants will continue to work on their community initiatives, utilising the knowledge and skills gained through the Programme. Additionally, graduates play an active role in supporting our Agents of Change networking events, as well as providing peer support to future cohorts of women on the Programme.
"This programme gives you support with personal growth, business development, getting to know yourself and understanding what it is you're trying to strive for - as well as connecting you with other passionate women in the local area"