If you want to do more to help your community, then there is a course on offer to give you all the skills you need. The Leadership in the Community (LinC) programme is run by The Children’s Centre thanks to sponsorship from Lloyds TSB and Friends Provident International (FPI) and is provided free of charge to participants.
Adult LinC is an eight week course which aims to help people who are looking to make a make a positive, voluntary contribution to their community. Coaching and leadership skills all form part of the training course and the programme has a proven record of success since it began in 2008 and has already assisted a wide range of projects throughout the Island, each in its own way answering a real community need. These have included a setting up a new children’s play session, organising regular coffee mornings for people short of neighbourly support, and the refurbishment of a BMX track in Jurby.
Junior LinC is run at least twice a year, and is a week long programme run in the school holidays for young people aged between 11 and 18.
Janet Bailey, community development and parenting programme manager at The Children’s Centre, organises the LinC course. She said: “The Leadership in the Community programme is now in its fifth year and has allowed many participants to learn new skills which they have put to good use in the community. Many people want to take a more active role in the community, but lack the skills and confidence to make that first step. LinC allows them to overcome this barrier and go on to make a difference in the community.”
Jonathan Hall, General Manager and director of Friends Provident International, said: “FPI has supported the scheme since it started and I’m always impressed to see the ideas that participants develop to benefit their communities during the eight weeks they spend on the programme.”
For further information contact Janet Bailey on 631933 or 676076.