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).
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 delivers 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.
Where and when is it on?
North Belfast course (daytimes on ZOOM) starts Monday 28 March 2022.
COVID-19 has meant that we have moved the 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! The programme is still accredited at ILM Level 3 for those who would like to pursue accreditation.
Interested in the programme? Fill in the Expression of Interest Form.
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 multiple 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, DUP, Green Party and Sinn Fein. 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.
- 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:
North Belfast course (daytimes on ZOOM) starts Monday 28 March 2022.
South Belfast course (evenings on ZOOM) starts Tuesday 5 April 2022 (6.30 - 8.30 pm) A 10 week course.
You can sign up by completing an Expression of Interest form here:
We will then contact you to let you know if you have secured a place, and to confirm your course details.
You can also talk to our delivery partners in your area of Belfast:
- If you're in North Belfast, it's Clare, 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 Linda Armitage at East Belfast Community Development Agency. Email: [email protected]. Tel: 028 9045 1512
NICVA and our partners have now delivered the course a number of times across North, South and East and West Belfast and are delighted that participants have agreed to share their stories of their experience of the course.
Read all our participants stories here. Enjoy the stories!
"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.
A 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
About the programme:
Zoreena is part of the Northern Ireland Islamic Community and completed the TLP course in North Belfast in November 2021.
This group did the Transformative Leadership Programme in Autumn 2021 in East Belfast.
NICVA calls for January participants for North Belfast interface-based Transformative Leadership Programme
January 2022 dates have now been set for the Transformative Leadership Programme (TLP) in North Belfast
These PSNI officers did the Transformative Leadership Programme in Autumn 2021 in West Belfast. Here’s what they had to say.
Mervyn works with Belfast Exposed and did the TLP in the Belvoir, Taughmonagh, Finaghy, Annadale/Ballynafeigh area of South Belfast in Autumn 2021.
Geraldine is a volunteer with Falls Community Council.
Brian works for Limestone United Cross Community Project and did the TLP course in North Belfast in May-June 2021.
Jill works for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust Involvement Team and completed the TLP in Spring 2021.
Christine works for Upper Springfield Development Trust and completed the TLP in Spring 2021.
Tiwa Lade volunteers with Storehouse NI and also ANAKA Women’s Group.