Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 14.10.27Two north east charities, Children North East and PROPS North East, are excited to announce that a member from each has successfully secured a place on the 2016 Clore Social Fellowship.

Out of a record 239 aspiring leaders who competed for a place on the Fellowship (33% up on last year),Sara Bryson, Policy & Research Manager at Children North East, and Claire Robinson, Chief Executive of PROPS North East, have both been awarded Specialist North East Fellowships supported by Garfield Weston Foundation.

CEO of Clore Social, Shaks Ghosh, said: “At Clore Social we are constantly striving to improve our offer. We want to do what we do better, have more impact and reach more people, so I am delighted to be announcing our biggest ever cohort of Fellows. The social sector is one of the UK’s most important assets, but it will face unprecedented challenges in the years to come. Building leadership capacity is critical, and Clore Social has a significant role to play in this.”

Sara Bryson, Children North East, said: “I am excited and delighted to be a North East 2016 Clore Social Fellow.  We face many challenges in the region and the voluntary sector.  The Fellowship will provide the opportunity to develop and expand the leadership capacity in the region in order to respond and bring about change.  Two Fellows in the 2016 cohort provides an excellent launch pad for the North East to be at the forefront of tackling social problems.  I would like to thank Clore Social and the Garfield Weston Foundation for this wonderful opportunity.”

Claire Robinson, PROPS North East, said: “I am delighted to have accepted the North East 2016 Clore Social Fellowship, funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation. The Fellowship promises to be a dynamic programme that will have lasting positive effects for the social sector in the North East and beyond.”

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The new cohort, recruited from UK based charities, social enterprises and community organisations, will start in January 2016 and undertake a streamlined 12 month personalised programme featuring residential courses, coaching and mentoring, action learning sets and secondments.