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Community Leadership Programme

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and the VRN teamed up in 2020/21 to commission a new training programme for local community leaders within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The principal aim of the Programme is to provide local community leaders with access to a free high-quality course which enables them to develop their leadership style, knowledge and skills and apply this to their work with the purpose of building stronger and safer communities. A second aim is to establish and grow a network of local leaders who will provide peer support and work collaboratively with the OPCC and VRN in our shared determination to make our communities safer. By investing in the expertise and experience of local community leaders who already hold positive relationships with people in their communities, our hope is that the benefits of the Programme will remain part of these communities for years to come.


Designed and delivered over a three-month period by local provider Jones Consulting Ltd, the Programme has three graduated cohorts of Community Leaders and we hope to welcome a fourth during 2024. The graduated cohorts t  continue to meet as the Community Leaders Network with two members sitting on the Violence Reduction Board. When the next cohort graduate, they will join the CLP alumni thereby growing the network and the VRN and OPCC’s collaborative working with communities.

Overview of the Programme

Community Leadership Programme sessions take place weekly and are a mixture of in person and online delivery. Participants are expected to complete some pre-reading and post-work in between sessions.

Modules covered on the programme include:

  1. Leadership and Understanding yourself

  2. Community Empowerment

  3. Project Development

  4. Operational Management

  5. Communicating, influencing, and using Social Media

We celebrated the success of Cohort three of programme in May of this year and they have now joined join the two previous cohorts in the Community Leaders Network. 

Watch the video to hear more about the programme and its benefits from past participants.

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