How you can do more for community

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IF you want to do more to help your community, there is a course on offer to give you all the skills you need.

Leadership in the Community (LinC) is an eight-week course that aims to help people who are looking to make a positive, voluntary contribution to their community.

All will be explained at an open evening at Northern Lights Community Centre, Ramsey, on April 18 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

The LinC programme is run by The Children’s Centre thanks to sponsorship from Friends Provident International (FPI) and is provided free of charge to participants.

Coaching and leadership skills all form part of the training course and the programme has a proven record of success since it began in 2008.

It has already assisted a wide range of projects throughout the island, each in its own way meeting a real community need.

These have included setting up a children’s play session, organising regular coffee mornings for people short of neighbourly support, production of a local newsletter and the refurbishment of recreational facilities.

Janet Bailey, community development and parenting programme manager at The Children’s Centre, organises the LinC course. She said: ‘The open evening is a perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to know more about LinC to come along and ask questions.

‘It’s all very relaxed and there’s no pressure to take part in the programme – just a chance to find out what LinC offers and find out more about how previous courses have helped many individuals gain skills that they have put to good use in the community’.

The LinC course is open to anyone over the age of 16 and begins on Wednesday, May 2, at Northern Lights.

To book a place or for further information, contact Janet Bailey on 631933 or email janet(at)

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