The Hallmark Foundation has partnered with Circl to join their unique leadership development programme.
The Circl programme teaches senior managers inclusive leadership skills and promotes social mobility at the same time. Course participants are given coaching skills training alongside young adults from underrepresented backgrounds. The approach brings together people from different backgrounds and develops empathetic, empowering, and inclusive leaders through real-life coaching conversations. Taking place via Zoom, the sessions mix theory and practical learning to create long-term behavioural change, providing professionals with new skills and giving under–represented young adults new opportunities and contacts with the care sector.
Participants are from charities supported by Hallmark Foundation as well as senior managers from Hallmark Care Homes. Being the first of its kind in the care industry, the partnership aims to spark new leadership styles across the whole sector and inspire other care providers to take on the initiative.
Avnish Goyal, chairman of the Hallmark Foundation, said: “This new project is a real win-win for both generations. Senior care managers get different experiences and learning from coaching while young people can think about their futures and find out more about the many opportunities working in care. Hallmark Foundation is delighted to fund the first Circl project in the care sector and looks forward to more Circl projects enriching caring today and tomorrow.”
Charlie Stainforth, CEO of Circl, said: “The Circl programme is not just a training programme, it’s learning through real-life experience and building relationships that otherwise wouldn’t happen. Our objective is to create a world where anyone – regardless of their background, can learn to lead – and the best way to do this is through real world coaching experience alongside the next generation of diverse leaders.”