The Aspiring Leaders Programme:
Supporting The Future

The Aspiring Leaders Programme (ALP) helps young people develop vital experiences, skills, and knowledge needed to become influential community leaders, capable of driving positive change.

ALP is a fully-funded university degree aimed at those for whom university may not have been an option due to academic or financial background. Participants are nominated by local sector leaders because they have shown strong leadership potential and a passion for working in the third sector.

Led by Brathay Trust, in partnership with University of Cumbria and Common Purpose, ALP combines formal academic teaching with experiential learning and personal development. It aligns with Brathay's charitable mission of transforming young lives, making our involvement a natural choice.

Participants are offered personal mentoring, including help with written assignments, securing work placements in charities and social enterprises, setting up learning assessments. At the end of the 3-years they are awarded a fully accredited BSc Degree in Social Enterprise Leadership.

ALP's Impact

  • Re-energises the voluntary and community sector
  • Retains talented young people in Cumbria and North Lancashire
  • Provides positive role models within the community
  • Raises wider community aspirations, affluence and skills
  • Awards a fully accredited Degree in Social Enterprise Leadership

Support leadership and become a funder

ALP has been dedicated to supporting young professionals in the third sector for over a decade. The programme stems from Francis C Scott Trust's recognition for the need to support those who aspire to create positive community change.

ALP would not be possible without the backing of generous funders: Francis C Scott Trust, Sir John Fisher Foundation, Rathbones, Time Ownership at the Langdale Estate, Cumbria Community Foundation.

Logos from funders of the Aspiring Leaders Programme: Francis Scott Trust, Sir John Fisher Foundation, Rathbones "Look Forward", Langdale, and Cumbria Community Foundation

Brathay is a charity and if you would like to support the impact young people can bring to their communities, consider becoming a funder for our next cohort of ALP students. Request a call with our dedicated fundraising team to find out more.