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Charity Leader’s Development Group

Being a leader in a charity can be an isolated and lonely place. These are challenging times and resources are tight. It’s important to run your charity like a business to maximise the services you can offer and deliver.

As a member of the Charity Leader’s Development Group you’ll have access to valuable development content, ideas and support in a cost and time efficient way. The development will be focused on what you need.

You’ll be part of a supportive community of peers in a safe environment where you can share issues and use your fellow group members as a sounding board.

One-to-one support is also available to help you embed your learning and Implement your solutions.

How does the Development Group work?

All sessions will be delivered using Zoom so you can be located anywhere in the UK (and beyond).

Each month you’ll get

  • a professionally facilitated, structured Peer Group session where you can bring a specific issue and receive advice, guidance, ideas, tips and support from your fellow group members to help you solve the issue. You’ll also help your fellow group members with their issues – that might also give you more ideas. The length of this session will depend on the number of group members, but will be between 1½ and 2½ hours. 
  • a 45-minute training session on a topic agreed by the group. This session will be recorded so it will also be available later for group members to access.
  • an option for a monthly one hour 1-to-1 coaching session to help you with implementation, your personal situation and accountability for action.

    How many people will be in my group?

    I think it’s really important to keep the numbers in these types of groups low so that you get maximum interaction and value from the session. Therefore, the group size will be limited to eight people.

    What will the training content be?

    Group members will define the training they’d like to receive, but could include topics such as;

    • Defining your Purpose, Vision and Values
    • Strategy and Strategic Workforce Planning
    • Managing change
    • Leading teams, including remote and hybrid teams
    • Building and developing high performing teams
    • Running effective meetings
    • Networking skills
    • Presentation skills and pitching
    • Time management and prioritising
    • Generating ideas, problem solving, decision making
    • Managing difficult conversations
    • Coaching skills
    • Communication and engagement
    • Personal Development Planning

    What does it cost?

    There are a couple of options depending on your specific needs.

    • £49 per month for access to the peer group session and training session (including any materials).
    • £99 per month for access to the peer group and training sessions PLUS an additional hour of personal 1-to-1 coaching support each month to help you implement what you’ve learned or address any specific issues.

    Alternatively, group members on the £49 package can access 1-to-1 sessions on an ad hoc basis for a special rate of £85 per hour (usually £125).

    All prices exclude VAT.

    Who will run the sessions?

    Andrew Deighton started his business in April 2014 after a 26-year career with Rolls-Royce. In 2020 his business was chosen as one of the SmallBiz100 and was also one of Theo Paphitis’s Small Business Sunday winners. He’s been a Trustee of a charity based in Derby for seven years. Find out more about Andrew here. 


    “Andrew’s development workshops enabled the team to contribute to a focused, cohesive & effective approach to strategic planning. Home-Start Erewash will be very happy to work with AWD Development Solutions in the future. Thanks Andrew, you’ve given us so much to think about. I know we will be working with you again. The future looks exciting.”

    "Andrew is a wonderful trainer and facilitator who has delivered many sessions for us in my role at Community Chesterfield at Derbyshire Voluntary Action and continues to do so. Not only has the training itself been incredibly well received by our participants, he is a pleasure to work with as an organiser. He listen to exactly what I needed and is organised, reliable and a great communicator. He has gone over and above with getting involved in our blogs and marketing. Nothing is too much trouble!"

    "I was recently part of 4 sessions Andrew facilitated for small business owners. Andrew went the extra mile on each session to help with overcoming any challenges or obstacles I was facing. He provided a safe space and provided value insights in how grow my business and myself. Professional and friendly, I would recommend Andrew to any small business that is looking for mentorship to grow and take new opportunities. Thank you !"

    "Andrew is a fantastic sounding board who gave me sound guidance and advice that has stuck with me ever since. Andrew's active listening and thoughtful coaching skills are second to none that I have worked with and I would wholly endorse Andrew to others that have not yet had the fortune of working with him. I wouldn't be where I am now in my career or my personal life if it wasn't for Andrew's consistent support, encouragement and belief in others.”

    How do I apply?

    If you're a leader of a charity you can register your interest using the button below and I’ll get back to you to talk about the next steps.

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