Nominations are Open for the next cohort of Change Makers

The 2020/21 Cohort nominations are now open. To nominate or register your interest please click here.

Change Makers seeks to empower a new generation of urban leaders. The focus on this Urban Change Makers programme is growing each adult leader’s capacity in the critical qualities of compassion, innovation and resilience, as well as building life-long connections, self-awareness and skills for change. Participants are nominated as a small group (‘Pods’) from their communities (‘Seedbeds’) and join with others around the country to shape their ideas for change in the areas of community building, community organising and community enterprise.  We work with these emerging leaders over 6 months with 3 week-end residentials, 3 coaching sessions, 2 best practice site visits and they pitch their initiative at the end of the programme to a resource panel and graduate. We have already seen 3 cohorts grow change making, both within emerging leaders themselves and through launching their community based initiatives (see video clips of recent participants here). 

Urban Change Makers especially focuses on those who are:

  • Urban (ie from urban priority area and be willing to join the programme in a local ‘pod’ with others from that neighbourhood).
  • Emerging (ie, aged over 18 with high potential to make a difference)
  • Diverse (ie, not from mainstream, establishment backgrounds, paying attention to class, race and gender access and equity challenges)
  • Raw Talents (ie, have catalytic potential that traditional education systems will probably not bring out their best).

The 2020/21 Cohort nominations are now open. To nominate or register your interest please click here.

Make sure you check the Change Makers Website for more details and stories of recent Alumni at Red Letter Christians UK 

Urban Change Makers (England): Christian-based emerging leaders programme (aged 18+)

Co-Directors: Tim Evans (Worth Unlimited) & Ash Barker  (                    

Co-Ordinators: Ash Lewis (Newbigin Community Trust) & Jess Craig (Bonnie Downs Community Association)

What are dates of the various elements of the programme?

Nominations open: 1/5/20 to 20/7/20

Invitations complete: 1/8/20

Orientation Day (Newbigin House): 5/9/20

First Residential “Compassion” The Greenhouse: 2-4/10/20

First Coaching Session: Week of 12/10/20

First Site Visit (London): 31/10/20

Second Residential: “Innovation” The Greenhouse: 27-29/11/20

Second Coaching Session: Week of 1/12/20

Second Site Visit (Birmingham): 23/1/21

Third Residential “Resilience” Holy Island: 12-14/2/21

Third Coaching session (prepare for pitch): Week of 22/2/21

Pitch to Investor Panel and Graduation, The Green House: 27/2/21

What does Urban Change Makers cost? £225 (plus part scholarship)

We don’t want finances to be a barrier to any potential Change Maker accessing our programmes. It costs  around £1k per participant for this programme, but through sponsorships, grants, time gifting and donations each successful nominee will be granted a part scholarship. This means each participant invests £225 for access to the whole programme including 3 week-end residentials, 3 coaching sessions, 2 site visits and an resource panel/graduation.  We especially ask nominators (and/or their organisation or church) to consider donating toward their nominees programme if their nominee is successful.

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