Yes We Can

Lead and


ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management

2020 Workshop dates
9 and 10 March
1 and 2 June
17 September

Assignment sessions
24 April
17 July

Assignment deadlines
Assignment 1: 15 May
Assignment 2: 14 August

Gateshead and Middlesbrough


Programme facilitators
Cath Brown
Robert Laycock
Stephanie Cole

This programme is accredited by ILM. ILM is the UK's leading provider of leadership, coaching and management qualifications and training.

Yes We Can Lead and manage 2020

Yes We Can Lead and manage is a seven-month accredited leadership and management learning and development programme. The programme is for leaders and managers of projects, initiatives and organisations working for social change, and for individuals working independently for social change, in the north east. It’s particularly designed for those without a formal leadership and management qualification looking for a practical and comprehensive introduction to key leadership and management theories, models, frameworks, tools, techniques and approaches. At the end of the programme, you will have completed an ILM Level 5 Certificate in leadership and management.

Programme overview

The programme runs between March and September 2020 with four days of facilitated learning run in pairs of days in March and June, and a final reflecting and learning half day in September. Between modules you’ll work on your assignments, apply your learning in your workplace, meet together in peer-led tutorial groups and spend time together at informal dinners. It gives you space out of your workplace to learn, connect, think and reflect.

The programme includes

  • two two-day modules: managing others, leading self and working together. The days include formal learning, discussion, guest speakers, facilitation, reflection and action learning
  • a half day reflecting and planning session at the end to share your learning and reflect on the programme
  • two assessed assignments
  • text book, workbooks, tools, resources, reading lists
  • optional peer-led, self-organised tutorial groups
  • optional peer-led, self-organised informal dinners
  • certificate presentation to celebrate your achievements
  • support from the programme facilitators

What you'll get out of the programme

By the end of the programme you'll

  • have a sound grounding in leadership and management skills and knowledge
  • understand yourself much better
  • have been able to explore your workplace dilemmas
  • developed relationships with fellow social leaders
  • hold a recognised qualification, ILM Level 5 Certificate in leadership and management
  • have a personal development plan to steer your future learning and development journey

...ready to thrive in your leadership role.

What you'll learn

Module 1: Managing others including including organisational context, culture and values, performance management, being an effective manager, building and sustaining effective teams, communication, relationship management, emotional intelligence, coaching

Module 2: Leading self including theories of leadership, dominant models and frameworks, collective and collaborative leadership, motivating and engaging people, seven practices of effective leadership, great facilitation skills


Our approach and how you'll learn

Our approach to learning is highly interactive and engaging, and is informed by action learning, coaching and Nancy Kline’s Thinking environment. We create a friendly, supportive and open learning environment. During the programme, we form a learning group together, allowing you to collaborate with, share with, and learn from, each other as well as from the programme facilitators.

Continuing your learning journey

For 2020, we are developing additional leadership programmes

  • Leadership in practice, a series of half-day sessions focusing on important leadership topics including strategy, human dynamics in change, resilience and communication
  • Leading complexity and collaboration
  • Leadership essentials, a two-day non-accredited leadership course for those who want to learn about leadership or are just getting started in leadership but do not need a qualification

If you are not already a member, connect with others working for positive social change in the north east for inspiration, mutual support and collaboration by joining North East Together: network for social change leadership.

Programme facilitators

Cath Brown is an executive coach, supervisor, trainer, facilitator and OD/HR consultant working with a variety of NHS, public, private and charitable organisations. Cath’s main focus is around working in partnership with individuals, teams and whole organisations to support change and embed effective leadership, management and coaching practice at all levels.

Robert Laycock supports organisational and leadership development of not-for-profit organisations across the north east. He works with leaders, their staff teams, boards and other key stakeholders, to strengthen business planning processes; develop robust financial plans, funding models and fundraising strategy; develop leadership and management capability; support organisational development and change; and strengthen governance.

Stephanie Cole has over 20 years' experience of working and volunteering in the voluntary and community sector specialising in governance, capacity building and organisation development. Her approach is value-led, asset-based, collaborative and friendly, helping voluntary and community organisations, charities and social enterprises to be more effective, sustainable and resilient.


Next steps

You can find out more or book a place by contacting Robert Laycock

This programme is supported by VONNE, Community Foundation, Youth Focus North East and Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency.

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“I can recommend this course to anyone with a responsibility to manage a team, anyone who needs strategies to manage their time and workload, and anyone who needs help in driving change in their third sector organisation.”

“I have enjoyed every session. I feel both enlightened personally and equipped professionally, better than I would have expected to feel.”

“I have learnt so much, it’s been a fantastic inspiring course and the name says it all, I really feel now that ‘I can’.”

“Without doubt the most worthwhile and engaging training programme I have taken part in over the last 20 years. I have been given the knowledge and tools to be better equipped in my role."

“As you become a senior leader, your role can become lonelier. Not only does “Yes we can” give you tools and strategies to lead more effectively, it also connects you with peers in a similar situation and helps you develop new networks.”

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