The programme aims to help build a stronger, more resilient homelessness sector led by skilled, empowered, and forward-thinking social leaders.
Places are limited, to ensure that meaningful and lasting relationships can be built.
Established Leaders for Senior Leaders is delivered in two cohorts:
Cohort 1: February - July 23: Complete.
Cohort 2: September 23 - March 24: Currently underway.
Contact us to find out more about future cohorts.
50 hours core commitment + additional reading and reflection
Optional mentoring and coaching
Online peer community
We expect you to be a senior leader within your organisation. You will likely be on the SLT/SMT of your organisation and/or manage a large team of people. There is no minimum time that you have been in post, but we would expect you to have at least five years’ leadership experience in some context.
Passionate about collaborating to achieve social impact and improve equity, diversity and inclusion
We want the programme to have long lasting impact on the sector. Your interest in collaborating with your fellow participants beyond the life of the programme is key.
Working for an organisation dedicated to ending homelessness
This must be a voluntary community sector homelessness organisation. Your organisation does not need to be a member of Homeless Link.
Commitment to attendance
In order for you and your fellow participants to get the most out of the programme, we ask you to commit to attending all sessions.
- Increased personal resilience amongst the sector’s leadership enabling them to lead with strength, vision and influence.
- Increased organisational sustainability enabling inclusive, resilient and adaptable charities that affect the biggest difference.
- A sector that is forward thinking and delivers social impact to end homelessness.
- A network of leaders that can draw upon its own assets to support, collaborate and challenge each other for greater organisational and community impact
- Working towards more equal, diverse and inclusive leadership within the homelessness sector.
Participants will join seven masterclasses, each focussing on a different aspect of charity leadership, with a particular focus on issues and challenges facing the homelessness sector. Delivered by inspiring expert speakers and co-produced with EDI specialists and Experts by Experience, topics include Leading an organisation people want to work for, Creating a robust organisation that thrives in difficult times and Working in partnership: creating a collaborative sector. Each masterclass is a half-day session in groups of 12, including presentation, discussion, reflection, group work and peer learning.Find out more
Action Learning Sets (ALS)
Action Learning is a powerful tool for developing critical-thinking, problem-solving, creative solutions and innovative practice. Action Learning Sets are a simple way for individuals to learn from each other, using the combined wisdom and skills of a diverse group of people to work through real situations faced in the workplace. You will meet three times through the course of the programme, in groups of six, with a trained facilitator. Find out more about Action Learning in Lucy and Laura's blog.Find out more
Online networking community
Established Leaders provides an opportunity to build relationships with other CEOs working in the homelessness sector. An online community enables participants to support and be supported by their peers during the life of the programme and beyond. Whatsapp is used to ask questions, share learnings and offer mutual support throughout the duration of the programme. At the end, all participants will have the option to join our growing leadership alumni on LinkedIn.
Our open-to-all webinars provide an opportunity to hear first-hand from CEOs and other expert speakers. Some sessions will be run as open Q&As, and others will address particular themes and topics relevant to all leaders. Topics include Inclusive Leadership, creating more diverse and inclusive organisations, and how to involve people with lived experience authentically.
There is no limitations on who can attend these sessions: you are welcome to encourage other leaders from within your organisation to attend.Find out more
In order to become a more effective leader, it is vital to have a good understanding of your own natural leadership and communication style. Participants use a strengths-based psychometric profile tool to explore who they are, as individuals and as leaders.
Leadership tools and resources
Homeless Link has a growing catalogue of toolkits and resources to support you in developing and improving your organisation and the wider landscape, these include a co-production toolkit, a framework for strengths-based working and a toolkit to write to your local MP on the cost of living crisis.
Mentoring offers you the opportunity to learn from a successful leader and build your knowledge of strategic issues. Participants have the option to be matched with a more experienced leader within the homelessness sector. Initially a six-month relationship, this will offer you a chance to ask questions, discuss real-life challenges, work towards personal and organisational goals, and learn from the mentors’ skills, experience and expertise.
We request that all participants on Established Leaders consider acting as mentors for those on Emerging Leaders, or for future Established Leader cohorts. The minimum commitment will be six sessions of 45 minutes each.Find out more
Leadership coaching provides a confidential, safe space for reflection and discussion, and empowers individuals to take responsibility for their own personal development. You will be matched with a qualified coach, who won’t be a homelessness expert. The role of the coach is to help you reflect to solve your own problems and to act as a “critical friend”. Additional fees apply.Find out more
Do I need any specific qualifications to access the programme?
No, you just need to meet the eligibility criteria set out in the Eligibility section above.
What counts as five years’ leadership experience?
We classify the leadership experience required to meet the programme eligibility as professional, in-sector experience. This may have been accrued at different points throughout your career, at different organisations and can be paid or voluntary. Established leader applicants should be able to display at least five years of such experience. If your experience falls outside of these criteria, but you feel you are otherwise well suited for the programme, let us know why your experience is relevant and transferable in your application.
Why is the programme free of charge?
Thanks to generous financial support from City Bridge Foundation and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DHLUC), we’re able to run these programmes at no cost to participants. In return, we request a commitment to attend the whole programme, to participate in feedback sessions and surveys.
Are lunch or travel expenses provided?
Lunch and/or refreshments will be provided for sessions which take place in person. Unfortunately we’re unable to reimburse travel expenses.
What happens once the programme is complete?
All participants are invited to join the online leadership alumni community on LinkedIn. Some people might also choose to continue regular peer support sessions with some or all of the other participants.
I have another question...
In October 22, we hosted an information webinar on the programme. We have collected together the answers to attendees' questions so your question may be answered here: Leadership Support_Q&A
Who can I contact for more information?
Questions asked in the application form
Question 1: Considering the aims of the programme (listed above) please outline how you will personally contribute to the achievement of these aims within the programme. In your response, please consider how you could utilise your existing knowledge, skills, experience and attributes. [Maximum 500 words]
Question 2: Considering the programme content and themes, please tell us how you think the programme will benefit your leadership journey. In your response, please consider the impact the programme will have on your personal development, the development of your organisation, and of the sector as a whole. [Maximum 500 words]
Question 3: What are your goals for your leadership journey over the next 5 years? [Maximum 500 words]
Question 4: A key element of the programme is developing a network of peers in an environment that feels safe, trusted and supportive. In order to achieve this, we ask that all participants commit to attending all of the sessions. How will you manage the required time commitment and ensure your organisational capacity doesn’t suffer as a result? [Maximum 250 words]
Question 5 :In order to ensure that participants and their organisations get the maximum benefit from the programme, we ask all applications to be endorsed by their line manager or board member. [Maximum 250 words]
City Bridge TrustTo deliver our London leadership programmes we have received funding from City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust.
Department of Levelling Up, Housing and CommunitiesTo deliver our England leadership programmes we have received funding from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).