Developing Deaf and Disabled Leaders for the future

Launch of a new project to support lived experience leadership. Closing date for applications 16 September

About the project

We are delighted to announce that we have been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund to run an 18 month leadership training and development Programme

We know DDPOs face significant challenges in “bringing on” new Deaf and Disabled leaders or accessing leadership development programmes that are accessible and right for DDPOs. Over the next 18 months we aim to co-design an effective leadership programme with 9 Deaf/Disabled people who have shown an interest or potential for leadership. Using “user-led design” theories and techniques, participants will be supported to identify their own leadership development goals and to work practically on leading a change in their organisations, with coaching, training and support to do this. Together we will analyse and understand what support is most effective in achieving leadership success.

From July-August we will be recruiting 9 Deaf or Disabled people from within our existing networks of DDPOs to take part in the programme. These will be trustees, staff, volunteers or members who want to develop their leadership skills and confidence, or who show interest and signs of becoming potential new leaders.

The benefits of putting someone forward for the programme

  • One of your staff, trustees, volunteers or members will be supported to progress a plan for change that is relevant to your organisation
  • In return for releasing the person to participate in the 5 workshops and coaching time involved, DDPOs will receive £1800 each so that you can arrange cover
  • Each participant will be able to access £200 towards training relevant to their leadership development and plan for change
  • DDPOs who put forward participants will get a chance to influence the development of on-going leadership programmes for the sector

Who is leading the leadership programme

This programme will be led by Alex Hendra, Inclusion London’s Associate Business Consultant. She has extensive experience in business development and service design support with DDPOs, and experience of co-designing highly successful leadership programmes with Disabled young people.

How to apply

To put someone forward for the programme, please download the Guidance notes and Application Form.
Please note the deadline for applications is 10am Monday 16 September 2019

Additional Information

Developing Deaf and Disabled Leaders (powerpoint presentation)