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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.

The Community Leadership Programme has been developed for Violence Reduction Units and Police & Crime Commissioners to offer to local leaders, as part of a whole system, public health strategy to reducing violence and improving community safety.   It is delivered by experienced leadership coaches from Jones Consulting and following a review against global quality measures, has been awarded ILM recognised status. By joining this Programme, participants will have the space and support to develop their unique leadership style and make even more of an impact in their community work.  Whilst this is a practical (not assessed) programme, graduates will receive an ILM digital credential which can be used on CV’s and social media along with a paper certificate issued from ILM.

The Programme has three graduated cohorts of Community Leaders and we look forward to welcoming a fourth during 2024. You can find a details of the modules covered during the Community Leadership Programme and the dates and times of sessions further down the page.

Graduates of the Programme continue to meet as the Community Leaders Network (follow them on X) 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.

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Now Accepting Applications for Cohort 4

The Violence Reduction Network and Office of Police and Crime Commissioner will be recruiting for a fourth cohort of Community Leaders in 2024.  There are 20 free places available to community leaders across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who are currently involved in projects, charities, community groups or social enterprises which contribute to preventing crime and violence and building safer communities, including working with young people (under 25s).

The Community Leadership Programme sessions will take place every Thursday evening.

  • Sessions commence on 18th April 2024 and finish on 4th July 2024. 
    There will no session on May 30th due to half-term.

  • Sessions will mainly be face to face and take place at community venues with good transport links. 
    Travel expenses will be reimbursed. Other sessions will be held online via Teams. All sessions will run between 5.30pm – 8.00pm.

  • There will be a celebration showcase event for all participants on 11th July 2024.

Due to high demand for the programme, applicants are asked about their availability to attend all sessions within the application form.  Please note interviews will be informal and conducted via Teams. They will be used to further explore your application and ensure you are aware of the course requirements, including pre and post session work. Decisions over places will be based on suitability for the course as well as ensuring there is a representation from across the area.

Leadership Modules include:

  1. Leadership and Understanding Yourself

  2. Community Empowerment

  3. Project Development

  4. Operational Management

  5. Communicating, Influencing, and Using Social Media

To ensure the sessions are as interactive and as productive as possible, participants will be expected to complete some pre-reading and post-work in between sessions.  Following completion of the Programme, participants will be invited to join the three previous cohorts in the Community Leaders Network. 

The Application Process

Applications for the Community Leaders Programme will open on Monday 12th February and will close on Monday 11th March 2024 at 11.59pm.

  1. If you are interested in applying, please complete the application form below and send to

  2. The application forms will be viewed and shortlisted by the VRN, OPCC and Jones Consulting.

  3. The VRN/OPCC will inform all applicants whether they will be invited to interview or not by Wednesday 13th March 2024. The decisions will be based on suitability for the course as well as ensuring there is a representation across the area.

  4. Informal interviews will take place online between Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th March 2024.

  5. All participants will be informed on whether they have secured a place on the programme on Wednesday 20th March 2024.    

  6. Successful participants will be invited to an induction event on Thursday 11th April 2024 between 5.30pm – 8.30pm for an introduction to the programme and to meet with other participants, Jones Consulting, VRN, OPCC and the Community Leaders Network.

  7. The first session of the Programme will be held on 18th April 2024.

Application form available from
09:00 on  Monday 12th February 2024

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