Leading, learning, and investing in the future

Jodie (one of our Caseworkers) and I have just returned from our final leadership training course at the Center for Leadership Innovation in the US. The course was the last of three funded by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and it’s been an amazing opportunity for Friendship Works. Charities often struggle to find the funds and resources to invest in leadership and management development and Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s support is greatly appreciated.

I’ve learnt a lot over the last year, not least, the importance of having a proper development programme for staff. I’ve also made some great connections with CEOs of other charities on both sides of the Atlantic. Our meetings with Big Brothers Big Sisters (a national mentoring programme in the US) have been particularly useful and have helped us to develop the new volunteer recruitment processes that we’re rolling out this week.

As part of her training programme, Jodie has been redeveloping all of Friendship Works internal evaluation systems. She’s been working with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Research Unit at Kings College on this and is planning to launch the new assessment framework in January 2013. We’re looking forward to being able to tell you more about it in the New Year.

You’ve probably heard the old adage: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.  We’d like to thank Bank of America Merrill Lynch for supporting us financially over the last two years but also for investing in our long-term future by developing the potential of our staff.