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Wednesday 30th June, 2010

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Are you someone who likes taking initiative and longs to change the world around you? Do you want to influence public life in the UK? Would you like to be a school Governor, part of a community forum, a tenants association, a Non-Departmental Public Body?, a disability organisation?

RADAR is interested in equipping people living with Ill health, Injury or Disability (IID) to be leaders and influencers in public life, and to take up leadership positions in the public, private and third (voluntary) sectors. RADAR won funding in 2009 to deliver a series of leadership events for disabled people, following on from our work with Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Disability Rights Commission (DRC). A series of four Leadership Development Days are scheduled to run between September and December 2010, offering a blend of skills training and personal development work. In total there will be 100 places available, with 40 of these made up from the cited underrepresented groups. Successful applicants will attend all four events and it is an excellent opportunity to develop your full leadership potential and realise your dreams.

The Leadership Development Days will equip you with many of the key skills that are crucial to being a leader and influencer. We are currently developing the programme, which is likely to include sessions on: Understanding your strengths and personality and making them work for you, identifying leadership opportunities, maximising your leadership experience, case studies, what makes a successful leader, successful networking, personal presentation, interview techniques, CV writing and job application, making the most of mentoring, one-to-one coaching on your personal priorities.

There will be inspirational speakers, professional coaches, diversity employment consultants and plenty of tips and advice from other disabled people who have experience in leadership and influential positions. The aim is to help you create your own self-sustaining networks and plans, so that you can start to achieve your leadership aspirations. We also work closely with diversity recruitment agencies, enabling delegates to have early access to leadership opportunities as they emerge. All four events will take place at: BVSC – The Centre for Voluntary Action, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR.

The events will take place on: Tuesday 14th September 2010, Monday 18th October 2010, Wednesday 24th November 2010, Monday 13th December 2010.

Participation in the leadership events is free for delegates. However, you will need to meet your own travel costs. If you are offered a place and then do not attend at short notice, without advising us why, we reserve the right to charge you a cancellation fee of £25, as the place could have been used for someone else.

A small bursary will be available for those who experience genuine hardship and for whom the costs would otherwise be prohibitive. If this applies to you, please send in your application for the programme in the normal way, and if you are accepted onto the programme, we will then talk to you about the travel costs.

For more information please contact: David Stocks, Empowerment Manager [email protected] Tel: 07590 929414 Carina Schmoldt Empowerment Officer [email protected] Tel: 0207 566 0114, Anne-Marie Desmond Empowerment Assistant [email protected] Tel: 020 7566 0111 Fax: 0207 250 0212 Minicom: 020 7250 4119


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