Cascading Leadership: supporting peer-to-peer leadership development in the voluntary and community sector

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The Cascading Leadership programme is currently closed to new applicants.


Response to Covid-19

Covid-19 is impacting community and voluntary sector organisations in unprecedented ways. Leaders continue to face huge challenges at a time of deep and prolonged uncertainty, often reporting immense pressure of personal and professional responsibility. Decisions often need to be made quickly; everyone recognises the pressure of the unknown, but leaders are also grappling with ‘what next’ and questions of sustainability. When everything is changing so fast, it can be crucial to have the time and space to think and plan.  

Cascading Leadership is a free peer-to-peer leadership development programme for voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations working in health and wellbeing. It enables VCS leaders to share their extensive and varied expertise with peers, to talk about some of the challenges they face and to plan new ways of working. In response to a call from The King’s Fund, thirty trained voluntary and community sector (VCS) leaders who have completed the Cascading Leadership programme have generously come forward to offer support to their peers at this critical time. We are very grateful for their commitment.

Please note the offer is only open to previous applicants to the Cascading Leadership programme 2020.

The following individuals have signed up as consultants on the programme and are kindly donating their time:

  • Vicky Thomson from Every-One (Cares)
  • Kirsten Alderson from Suffolk Family Carers
  • Michele Stokes from Carers in Hertfordshire
  • Richinda Taylor from EVA Women's Aid
  • Jane Hartley from VONNE 
  • Jamie Anderson from Age UK Wirral
  • Tessa Denham from Women's Counselling and Therapy Service
  • Theresa Pass from Visyon
  • Matthew Lanham from The Neuromuscular Centre
  • Sue McGraw from St John's Hospice North Lancashire & South Lakes
  • Lynne Stafford from The Gaddum Centre
  • Anita Grover from Auditory Verbal UK
  • Greg Ussher from METRO Charity
  • Nicki Shaw from Princess Alice Hospice
  • Sharon Clare from Southdown Housing Association
  • Alexandra Coulter from Arts & Health South West
  • Annabel Hodgson from No Limits (South) Ltd
  • Babs Harris from Alzheimer's Support
  • Afzal Hussain from Witton Lodge Community Association
  • Lydia Bailey from New Outlook Housing Association Ltd
  • Angie Arnold from The Shakespeare Hospice
  • Alison Lowe from Touchstone
  • Christine Whiley from Carers' Resource
  • Tom Doyle from Yorkshire MESMAC
  • Vicki Beere from Project 6
  • Helen Hunter from Age UK North Yorkshire
  • Flora Henderson from Future Pathways
  • Jenny Miller from PAMIS
  • Ryan Currie from Reeltime Music
  • Jennifer Kerr from CVS Falkirk & District
  • Heidi Bennett from BAVO
  • Simon James from Interlink RCT