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Introduction to System Leadership

Systems Leadership is designed to help you lead when you’re not in charge, or when you don’t have positional power, levers to pull, or a large budget to wield. It can help you get your messages across and influence other people, especially when you’re working in hierarchies or political environments, trying to bring traditional silos together, or working across professional or other boundaries.

We think it can help you tip the scales in your favour, find allies and get yourself room for manoeuvre. In turn, this will help you do real work on the things that matter to you, and make real progress towards the changes you’re aiming for.

This will be a practical and interactive session, with tools and techniques you can use straight away, and plenty of time for questions and discussion. We hope you’ll find it genuinely helpful.

This session will be delivered by Debbie Sorkin, National Director of Systems Leadership at The Leadership Centre.

You can register for this free event here:

Greater Manchester Older People’s Equality Panel – We are recruiting!

Are you interested in championing the voice of older people and making Greater Manchester a better place to live and to grow old?

We are recruiting for an Older People’s Equality Panel and would like to hear from you if you want to be involved.

The Equality Panels have been established to advise, support and challenge Greater Manchester’s political leaders and policy-makers to tackle the discrimination and disadvantage that cause injustice and inequality in society.

If you are 50 or over and resident in Greater Manchester, the Older People’s Equality Panel offers an opportunity to join with others to be a strong voice to influence decision making on key issues.

For more information visit

York Human Rights City Network Indicator Report 2021

The YHRCN is a non-party political coalition that seeks to work with all the main political parties. Our goal is to speak truth to power and hold power to account. We will continue to use universal human rights principles and the Human Rights City label to do this, collaborating where we can but critiquing when it is necessary to do so.

Among the findings of the annual human rights indicator report published by the YHRCN are that the Covid-19 pandemic has increased inequalities in relation to the gender pay gap and educational attainment; exacerbated poverty, illustrated by a sharp rise in the number of foodbanks and foodbank users; and highlighted a crisis in social care. While the pandemic may be receding, its legacy will be with us for years to come unless decisive action is taken at local and national level.

Changing Futures job opportunities

Through Changing Futures in GM, we are working in partnership with a range of VCSE and community partners, and local innovation sites (Rochdale, Oldham, Wigan and Manchester) to ensure lived experience is at the heart of design, delivery and systems change.

We will be funding five GROW Trainee roles, which are supported employment opportunities for people who have lived experience of multiple disadvantage. You can find out more about Shelter’s GROW Traineeship Programme by watching this promotional video, and in ‘The Guide to Fair Recruitment’ attached above.

We will be working in partnership with Shelter to develop a GM GROW Campus which will focus on support, development and influencing wider change around lived experience in the workforce and inclusive and fair recruitment practices.

Can you help us get the word out about two exciting new roles that will be key to moving forward our ambitions, and to building a GM GROW Campus?

GROW Programme Coordinator | Shelter | |

GROW Involvement Officer – Changing Futures | Shelter | |

If you know someone who might be interested in the roles, they can contact Charlotte either by email at or by phone on 07584532316