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OPCC and VRN New Community Leadership Programme Launched

Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Lord Willy Bach, and the Violence Reduction Network (VRN) launched an innovative Community Leadership Programme today, inviting dynamic and passionate individuals to develop their knowledge and skills and become part of a network of community leaders.

The Community Leadership Programme will empower communities to play their role in addressing local issues and challenges and develop solutions that support their community to thrive.

The OPCC and the VRN are recruiting 20 new community leaders across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR). The recruits will join a three-month learning and development programme, free of charge, to develop knowledge and skills as community leaders.

Launching the new scheme, Lord Willy Bach, PCC and member of the VRN’s board, said: “Every day, ordinary people are making a difference to the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged people across the county, helping to open doors that have been closed and arming those at risk of crime with the tools they need to overcome crisis or adversity. With our support, we believe these community leaders can make a much broader impact on public safety and remove the social and economic barriers that hinder achievement and success.”

Director of the VRN Grace Strong added: “Everyone has a role to play in preventing violence and community leaders play an invaluable part in our collective efforts. If you believe you have the leadership qualities and would like to invest in your own development, we would love to hear from you. In the current climate of Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement, we understand that several communities have been disproportionately affected; therefore we particularly welcome applications from the Black community.”

Through the programme, participants will be able to better understand and develop their own leadership style, be able to identify and develop new community projects which will have a positive impact on their communities, demonstrate confidence in decision-making and confidently develop long-term plans and strategies.

To find out more and to apply click here