Yes We Can

Lead and


Leadership and management development programme for leaders and managers of projects, organisations and initiatives working for social change in the north east

8-day leadership and management development programme (unaccredited with qualification top-up option)

Next dates
December 2018 — July 2019 (one day a month)

How much is it?
£800 per person (or for multiple bookings, £700 per additional person)

Who is this for?

Leaders and managers of small and medium scale not-for-profit organisations working across the north east region and individuals working independently for social change. The programme is particularly relevant to individuals without a formal leadership and management qualification who are looking for a practical and comprehensive introduction to key leadership and management theories, models, frameworks, tools, techniques and approaches.

How is the programme structured?

Eight full days training, one day per month between December and July, delivered across the north east region.

Three core themes:

Managing Others

Leading Self

Working Together

People and performance processes Understand context and culture Developing vision
Effective management skills Leadership principles and practice Leading strategy
Understanding team dynamics Managing expectations and influencing Managing change
Communication Engagement and motivation Project management skills
Relationship management Facilitation skills Effective evaluation
Coaching skills Self awareness and self assessment Impact measurement

Part of Day 1 one will involve refining the programme content to meet the needs and interests of the group. Part of Day 8 will involve planning next steps for delegates.

Workshops will combine different learning tools and processes including workbooks, case studies, guest speakers, assessment tools and other diagnostics, access to models and theories, audiovisual material and reading lists. There will be opportunity to progress thinking and learning between workshops. Delegates will also provide a learning resource for each other with opportunities for networking, discussion and practice together.

The programme has been designed with optional progression onto an ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management in the future. If you choose this top-up there will be additional ILM registration fees and assignments to complete related to leadership in practice to help you to embed learning from the programme and gain a recognised degree level qualification in Leadership and Management.

2018/19 workshop dates

Wednesdays, 9.30am-4.30pm

  • 5 December 2018
  • 9 January 2019
  • 6 February 2019
  • 6 March 2019
  • 3 April 2019
  • 1 May 2019
  • 5 June 2019
  • 3 July 2019

Programme leaders

Robert Laycock

Robert Laycock supports the organisational and leadership development of not-for-profit organisations across the North East region. 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.

He is co-founder of Yes We Can, North East Together: Leaders Network for Social Change and First Trusteeship, a new programme of training and mentoring support for first time trustees. He is also a board member of Beacon Films and the Comfrey Project.

Robert is owner and director of People Purpose Planning.

Cath Brown

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.

Her key skills are around application of leadership theory and practice; Action learning; Executive coaching; Business coaching; Leadership development; Relationship management; Building resilience; Managing change; Career/transition coaching; Facilitation; Coach skills training; Psychometrics. Cath also runs an ILM Centre offering qualifications at Level 3 5 and 7 in Leadership, Management, Action Learning and Coaching.

Cath is owner and director of Cath Brown Consultancy

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

Vonne logoCommunity Foundation Tyne and Wear logoYouth Focus North East logoMiddlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency logo

2017/18 programme evaluation findings

Using Kirkpatrick’s Four-Level Training Evaluation Model we asked our 2017/18 cohort to rate the programme.

Using a scale of 1-10 where 10 is ‘strongly agree’ and 1 is ‘strongly disagree’

Overall, the training was worth my time Overall, the training was successful
Highest rating: 10 Highest rating: 10
Lowest rating: 8 Lowest rating: 8
Median rating: 10 Median rating: 9
Average: 9.4 Average: 9

Biggest strengths of the training

  • Practical activities, encouragement of sharing experiences
  • Building relationships through discussion/application
  • Relaxed environment, learning from peers, reflecting on best practice
  • Trainers, communication between participants, content was everything I needed to know as a new leader
  • Broad overview, well structured, excellent mix of activities e.g. group, individual, etc.
  • Peer support, menu of tools, lots of extra things and signposting
  • Wealth of resources, communication before and after
  • Responsive and flexible to the needs of the group, practical, very varied, engaging
  • The learning environment and the people! Followed closely by invaluable course content
  • Range of roles and organisations, value placed on each individual and their contribution

2017/18 testimonials

“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. 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.”

Hugh Stolliday, Manager, Friends of Summerhill

“Many thanks for hosting such a well put together course that has been invaluable in terms of improving my confidence and implementation of strategies within the workplace.”

Joanne Robinson, Development Manager, Gateway into the Community

“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 professionally.”

Chris Armstrong, Operations and Finance Manager, Meadow Well Connected

“The course content was excellent with a good balance between theory and practical application, which I think was a great way to learn. This course has given me a more cemented view in my role and helped apply reasoning to my decisions. If you are Manager or Leader and want to make a difference then this course is perfect."

David McCreedy, Delivery Manager, Aukland Youth and Community Centre

“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’.”

“I have learned an incredible amount of real and useful tools and approaches.”

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

“Very successful and has altered my mindset and given me a plethora of new skills and increased confidence in my management and leadership.”

“I learned a lot of new strategies for being a successful leader.”

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