RNIB encourages ‘civic minded’ blind and partially sighted people to sign up to new leadership programme

RNIB LogoLeading sight loss charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) is launching a free Civic Leadership Programme and the application process is now open.

The Civic Leadership Programme (CLP) aims to give blind and partially sighted people the tools to become more involved in their local community, to influence local and national decision makers, and to shape and lead organisations.

Designed with three distinct modules focusing on involvement, influencing and leadership, the course will start at the end of September.

Modules are delivered by expert facilitators and will incorporate sessions with blind and partially sighted people who have experience in civic leadership roles such as trustees, school governors and local councillors.

Ellie Southwood, Vice Chair for the RNIB Group and London Borough of Brent Councillor, has been involved in shaping the course content and is an ambassador for the programme. She said: “RNIB’s new Civic Leadership Programme is a fantastic opportunity for blind and partially sighted people who are already in a civic leadership role, or who are aiming to get into one.

“Through a unique mix of taught and experience-based learning, participants will build skills and maximise their leadership potential.”

To apply for the Civic Leadership Programme, you must be:

  • Blind or partially sighted
  • Able to attend all of the course module dates
  • Currently in a civic leadership role or looking to enter into a civic leadership role in the near future

Applicants are required to outline the clear goal that they want to achieve through participating in the course, whether it’s to gain a role on an advisory panel or local committee or board, or whether it’s to further develop their leadership skills to progress in a current role.

The deadline for applications is Monday 31st August and the first course date is 24th September. The course is free but participants will have to cover some of their travel expenses.

For further information please visit www.rnib.org.uk/CLP

Every 15 minutes, someone in the UK begins to lose their sight. We are the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and we’re here for everyone affected by sight loss – that’s almost 2 million people in the UK. If you, or someone you know, has a sight problem, RNIB can help. Call the RNIBHelpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit www.rnib.org.uk

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