We run 90 minute peer support sessions for up to 12 charity leaders at a time, via Zoom.
Attendees experience a safe space to share challenges – like increasing or changing demand, taking care of your team (and yourself!), blending online and face-to-face, and managing multiple balancing acts. In some instances, we may work with partners to support their networks.
There are also pathways to influence the practice of over 100 funders who have signed up to our community of open and trusting grant-making.
Frequently asked questions
Who is this for?
Leaders of charities, community organisations and social enterprises, based in the UK.
This Leading in Uncertainty initiative builds on the emergency support sessions which we have been providing since April 2020. Over 500 people have taken part so far; their organisations are active in 17 fields including the arts, criminal justice, education, equality, infrastructure and migration. For a feel of what the sessions are like, read this short blog from Patricia Kieran, Director of the Irish Institute for Catholic Studies or explore our ‘How is this useful’ section of this webpage.
What kind of space is it?
The precise focus of conversations is generated by the participants or partner organisations we work with – you shape what this needs to be, to ensure that the sessions are useful for you.
‘It was really powerful to be part of one of these sessions … incredible to hear about the wide range of experiences and challenges faced by colleagues and to identify together commonality within that diversity.’
The sessions are co-facilitated by IVAR staff and associates, all of whom have been supporting charity leaders across the UK since April 2020.
When are the sessions?
We are currently working on the next round of Leading in Uncertainty sessions and will publicise them when they are available to book. Please get in touch if you would like to hear when new dates are announced.
The online support sessions are facilitated peer support spaces; they are not information or advice surgeries.
Through these sessions, we’re building our understanding of the live situation in the sector – and calling for funders to respond. So, as well as a safe space to share what’s on your mind, this is also an opportunity to influence funder practice. You can see examples of this in our briefing series and our call for open and trusting grant-making, which has been shaped by what we’ve heard from charity leaders.
Rest assured that we won’t share anything without your consent.
We do periodically produce anonymised briefings to:
- Share advice for other voluntary sector leaders
- Inform UK-wide funders decisions about the kinds of support needed by the sector