The LinC Project (Leadership in Communities) is designed specifically to support and enhance local leadership and recognised change agents drawn from the voluntary, NGO and also central and local government sectors across Greater Christchurch www.lincproject.org.nz.
Applications are now being accepted till September 26th for the first 10 month cohort of 40 team members which commences on November 24th 2014. Thirty of the team members in the first 2014/2015 cohort will be leaders in either geographic communities (suburbs) or communities of interest (ie: sport, culture, arts, start-ups, social enterprise etc) who have been active in their communities over the last 3 years. The other 10 will be drawn from staff of local and central government services in Greater Christchurch who work with communities (ie: the 3 Councils, CERA, MSD, CDHB etc).
The LinC Project involves a comprehensive range of forums, coaching, peer groups and funded projects and is being designed and facilitated by a team of local, experienced professionals in the field of leadership and community development named www.leadershiplab.co.nz. The Tindall Foundation has given a donation of $15,000 towards the project, which is fully funded. The other contributors are New Zealand Red Cross, CERA, Wayne Francis Charitable Trust and the Ministry of Social Development with resource and networking support from the Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri District Council, Selwyn District Council, Canterbury Community Trust, University of Canterbury, CPIT and Gap Filler. The LinC Project is also connected with the Community in Mind, a cross-agency strategy and programme of action focused on coordinated support of community well-being.
Application forms and selection criteria for leaders in both communities and government services are available on the www.lincproject.org.nz.