UpRising is a part-time leadership programme that runs over the course of a year. Participants will receive high quality training, opportunities to attend exciting and high profile events and to go on learning visits all of which will help you develop the understanding and skills you need to become a successful public leader and shape your future.  

There are seven main elements to the UpRising experience:

Learning sessions. A monthly evening training session held in a local venue where inspiring guest speakers will address issues such as understanding and influencing power, leading and managing teams, working with the media, and conflict resolution. You will gain skills in leadership, teamwork, communication, problem-solving and project management.

Community campaigns: You will have the opportunity to develop your own ideas and apply your learning through leading a campaign aimed at influencing change to help solve a problem affecting your local community. 

Learning Visits: You will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes in a range of public institutions to see for yourself how decisions are made and to meet and question those who are in power. This would include visits to government departments, The Houses of Parliament, the BBC, police authorities, and town halls.

Networking events: We will organise major events with inspiring guest speakers. You will have the opportunity to meet and connect with leaders in politics, business, government, voluntary sector organisations and the media helping you to create and develop your own network of contacts.

Mentoring: You will have opportunity to receive one-to-one advice and support from a mentor for the duration of the 12 month programme.

Residential: You will have the opportunity to go on a two-day leadership residential with participants from across East London and receive training from world class leadership consultants.

Placements: Towards the end of the programme we will, where possible, assist you in finding positions of public leadership – allowing you to take the next step to becoming a public leader.

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