2016 Winners | Leap Confronting Conflict

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Leap Confronting Conflict

Winner – Board Diversity and Inclusivity

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Who they are

Leap Confronting Conflict is a national youth charity that provides inspirational training and support to young people struggling with conflict and the professionals working with them. They do this across a range of environments: mainstream and alternative education, the criminal justice system, the voluntary sector and local councils.

Leap Confronting Conflict believe that conflict is an inevitable part of our lives. It may escalate into violent behaviour or offending, or impact on our day-to-day existence in the form of poor relationships or self-imposed social exclusion. By taking part in Leap training, young people recognise their worth and see the benefits of making different decisions, leading to better outcomes: for them and those around them.

Our communities become safer as a result. In 2015, Leap Confronting Conflict achieved an 81% reduction in arrests among young people who had been arrested before and 92% of programme graduates felt that Leap had made a big difference to them in relation to education and employment one year later.

Leap Confronting Conflict also provide training for organisations which build the confidence and skills of those working closely with young people like local council workers, youth workers, prison officers and other voluntary sector workers, supporting them to achieve the best outcomes for young people.

What they’ve achieved Leap’s board is very diverse and it’s evident that this diversity brings strength to its leadership. Trustees include young people who have been through their programmes and professionals from sectors that Leap Confronting Conflict works with. This combines a rounded mix of both lived experience and professional expertise. The board is also representative of its user group in terms of gender and ethnicity with 40% from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds and 33% female trustees. Trustees from the media, funding bodies, criminal justice and central government provide expertise that links directly to Leap’s needs and strategic priorities. This diversity brings a breadth of background and thought to the board.

What they’ve achieved

Leap’s board is very diverse and it’s evident that this diversity brings strength to its leadership.

Trustees include young people who have been through their programmes and professionals from sectors that Leap Confronting Conflict works with. This combines a rounded mix of both lived experience and professional expertise. The board is also representative of its user group in terms of gender and ethnicity with 40% from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds and 33% female trustees.

Trustees from the media, funding bodies, criminal justice and central government provide expertise that links directly to Leap’s needs and strategic priorities. This diversity brings a breadth of background and thought to the board.

Valuing young trustees

Most impressive is the way that the young trustees are valued.

They are appreciated for their lived experience of Leap Confronting Conflict’s client group, and it is clear that their involvement is far from tokenistic. The young trustees conduct an annual skills audit of the board, and have designed the recruitment process for young trustees of the future. They also raised the need to provide more strategic progression routes for programme graduates and as a result Leap will be recruiting a Progression Route Officer in the second half of 2016.

The board has a strong culture of inclusivity and uses strategies such as a buddy system (pairing the young trustee with a more experienced mentor), supporting them to participate with confidence.

Including young people who have used the service on the board is a great example of a charity ensuring that service users are part of the organisation’s leadership and contribute to developing its work. “The other trustees are keen to hear what I have to say because I’m aware of the challenges for young people and can provide insight into how our work really affects them” – Chantal Chang, young trustee. This is especially important for organisations which aim to empower their service users. By doing so, Leap is effectively “walking the talk”.

www.leapconfrontingconflict.org.uk

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