Transformative Leadership Programme

The Transformative Leadership Programme (TLP) is a 10-module accredited leadership training programme funded by the Peace IV programme through Belfast City Council (BCC). 

COVID 19 has meant that we have moved the Transformative Leadership Programme online - you still get the same content, and the chance to meet up with others from your interface area - in the comfort of your own home! And the programme is still accredited at ILM Level 3 for those who would like to pursue accreditation. We've now planned Autumn 2020 dates - see below.

To register your interest in the programme, fill in the Expression of Interest Form.

"Starting the course face to face was great, but due to the Covid-19 situation everything was put on hold. But very soon after, everything was up and running again all online, at the start I wasn't sure how it would work. Using Zoom we finished the course, it was great to get back and involved with others again. Using the breakout rooms worked great and hearing different views from others also. Guest speakers also joined us and we didn't miss out. It was well worth taking part and I would definitely advise others to take part" - Zoe Ferguson, Treasurer, Cliftonville Integrated Primary School PTA. 

What is the Transformative Leadership Programme? 

The Transformative Leadership Programme (TLP) aims to build leadership skills and connections between people living and working in interface areas of Belfast in order to make change possible (click here for course content). This practical and enjoyable leadership training course has been running since Autumn 2019 in Belfast and has been attended by local people, public sector staff who work in those areas, and political sector reps. NICVA is delighted to be delivering it along with locally based partners across the city: Falls Community Council, West Belfast Partnership Board, East Belfast Community Development Agency and Forward South Partnership.

Who's doing it - and is it for me?

This course brings together people from local communities, public sector agencies and those involved in politics, to build leadership skills and share ideas on how to make life better in interface areas. You just need to be:

  • Living or working in the Belfast City Council area
  • Aged 18 or over
  • Would like to learn new ways of working with people from other backgrounds and sectors in order to make life better in interface communities.

Since Autumn 2019, NICVA and partners have run 11 TLP courses across Belfast - our participants have included:   

Local residents and Voluntary and Community Sector: Participants have included: Ligoniel Improvement Association, Newington Housing Association, Cliftonville Community Regeneration Forum, Ethnic Minority Support Organisation NI, East Belfast Alternatives, Cliftonville Integrated Primary School PTFA, Women’s TEC, Ashton Community Trust, Community Sports Network, An Droichead, Mornington Community Project, Youth Link NI, Ormeau Business Park, Greater Village Regeneration Trust, Chinese Welfare Association NI, Woodvale Community Centre, Cara Friend. To find out more about voluntary and community sector experiences of the programme click here

Public Sector: participants have included: the Housing Executive; PSNI; Belfast City Council; Belfast Health and Social Care Trust; Queen’s University Belfast; Department of Justice; Department for the Economy. (To find out more about public sector experiences of the programme, click here

Political Sector: the Progressive Unionist Party, SDLP. (To find out more about political sector experiences of the programme click here

Helen McLaughlin, the Programme Co-ordinator says:

“Whether you’re brand new to learning about leadership, or you’ve been involved in working to make life better in your area for many years, as a volunteer or as a professional, this course could be for you. We have now transferred to online delivery which means that this opportunity is still available and you don't have to miss out.

What will I get out of it?

  • You’ll be taking part in a world standard leadership training course designed uniquely for Belfast
  • You will learn skills and tools:
    • to explore your own personal leadership
    • to collaborate more effectively with others to make change (building relationships, managing conflict, planning together)
    • to understand local issues in the wider context
    • to explore new ways of dealing with old challenges – social innovation and what it means for interface areas
  • Because the course is part of the wider BCC Peace IV Transform for Change programme, you’ll have opportunities to take part in area-based and city wide networking events and study visits across NI, ROI and UK, when restrictions are lifted.
  • You’ll have the chance to work on a small collaborative project with others on your course
  • You’ll meet and build relationships with people from other backgrounds or sectors who are interested in addressing interface issues
  • You can gain accreditation at Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 (this is optional).

This ILM Level 3 accredited course provides skills and tools for working with others to addressing issues facing interface communities (Click here for details of course content). As part of the wider Belfast City Council Transform for Change programme, participants will also have the opportunity to plan projects together and take part in local and Belfast-wide events organised by the council once they have completed the programme.The course covers 10 modules which include:

Another participant on our Spring 2020 Crumlin Road Ardoyne Glenbryn online TLP course said: 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the programme, and was delighted I was able to complete the programme online. Working in Queen’s, I understand the transition from classroom teaching to online teaching has not been easy and to make it so seamless has been fantastic" Claire Regan, QUB, participant on Crumlin Road Ardoyne Glenbryn TLP May 2020

Where and when is it on?

Autumn courses will be held online using Zoom as follows:

Crumlin Road / Ardoyne / Glenbryn Transformative Leadership Programme: The course is made up of 10 x 2 hour modules, which will be held online on Zoom on 5 Tuesdays on the following dates: 15 Sept, 22 Sept, 29 Sept, 6 Oct, 13 Oct. Each day will comprise a module in the morning 10am - 12pm and a module in the afternoon 1.30pm - 3.30pm. A further date is offered on Tues 20 Oct to provide you with support with your accreditation, and for the course group to meet with Belfast City Council to plan your group project. In addition, we provide participants with materials for 10 hours of home learning. 

Duncairn Transformative Leadership Programme: The course is made up of 10 x 2 hour modules, which will be held online on Zoom on 5 Thursdays on the following dates: 17 Sept, 24 Sept, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 15 Oct. Each day will comprise a module in the morning 10am - 12pm and a module in the afternoon 1.30pm - 3.30pm. A further date is offered on Thurs 22 Oct to provide you with support with your accreditation, and for the course group to meet with Belfast City Council to plan your group project. In addition, we provide participants with materials for 10 hours of home learning. 

Lower Oldpark / Manor Street Transformative Leadership Programme: This course is being run as 10 x 2 hour modules, across 10 Friday mornings, 10am - 12pm starting Friday 2 October and ending Friday 11 December (we skip the Friday of half-term week). A further date is offered on Monday 14 Dec to provide you with support with your accreditation, and for the course group to meet with Belfast City Council to plan your group project. In addition, we provide participants with materials for 10 hours of home learning.

Short Strand Inner East Transformative Leadership Programme: This course is being run as 10 x 2 hour modules on the following dates: 6 Oct, 8 Oct, 14 Oct, 20 Oct, 22 Oct, 28 Oct, 3 Nov, 5 Nov, 11 Nov, 17 Nov. A further date is offered on Monday 23 Nov to provide you with support with your accreditation, and for the course group to meet with Belfast City Council to plan your group project. In addition, we provide participants with materials for 10 hours of home learning.

Lower Ormeau / the Markets Transformative Leadership Programme: The course is made up of 10 x 2 hour modules, which will be held online on Zoom on 5 Wednesdays on the following dates: 28 Oct4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov. Each day will comprise a module in the morning 10am - 12pm and a module in the afternoon 1.30pm - 3.30pm. A further date is offered on Weds 2 Dec to provide you with support with your accreditation, and for the course group to meet with Belfast City Council to plan your group project. In addition, we provide participants with materials for 10 hours of home learning. 

Whitewell Road and Longlands Transformative Leadership Programme: The course is made up of 10 x 2 hour modules, which will be held online on Zoom on 5 Tuesdays on the following dates: 17 Nov, 24 Nov, 1 Dec, 8 Dec, 15 Dec. Each day will comprise a module in the morning 10am - 12pm and a module in the afternoon 1.30pm - 3.30pm. A further date is offered on Tuesday 12 January to provide you with support with your accreditation, and for the course group to meet with Belfast City Council to plan your group project. In addition, we provide participants with materials for 10 hours of home learning.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up by completing an Expression of Interest form here:   

TLP Expression of Interest Form

We will then contact you to let you know if you have secured a place, and to confirm your course details.

How do I find out more?

To find out more, contact Helen McLaughlin at NICVA. Email: [email protected]. Tel: 028 9087 7777. 

You can also talk to our delivery partners in your area of Belfast:

  • If you're in North Belfast, it's Helen, as above
  • If you're in West Belfast, contact Gerry McConville at Falls Community Council. Email: [email protected]. Tel: 028 9020 2030
  • If you're in South Belfast, contact Briege Arthurs at Forward South Partnership. Email: [email protected]. Tel: 028 9024 4070
  • If you're in East Belfast, contact Jonny Currie at East Belfast Community Development Agency. Email: [email protected]. Tel: 028 9045 1512

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Updates

TLP - what subjects will we cover?

The Transformative Leadership Programme will equip you will tools and skills aimed at enabling people to work together more effectively to make life better at interface areas in Belfast.

I'm involved in a political party - why should I sign up?

The TLP works best when we have participants from the political sector, local residents, people from the community and voluntary sector and public sector. Find out more about why the political sector should get involved here.

I'm a local resident or work for a community organisation - why should I sign up?

Local residents and people involved in community and voluntary organisations have taken part in the TLP since the beginning and they tell us it's been a very worthwhile experience. Find out here about their experiences on the programme.

I work for a public sector body - why should I take part in the TLP?

Public sector colleagues have taken part in all 11 of our TLPs so far and feedback to date suggests that they're glad they did. Find out here about the experience of public sector colleagues on the programme.

Enjoy the Transformative Leadership Programme Online this Autumn!

NICVA and partners haven't let COVID 19 stop the Transformative Leadership Programme. Support for leadership in interface areas has never been more important so we're all set to bring you Autumn courses online.

NICVA calls for spring participants for interface-based Transformative Leadership Programme

Spring dates have now been set for the Transformative Leadership Programme (TLP)—a leadership training programme funded by the PEACE IV Programme through Belfast City Council.

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