Alysha Bayliss - an ALP participant from Barrow-in-Furness

Alysha Bayliss is a student on the Aspiring Leaders Programme and has lived in Barrow-in-Furness for the majority of her life.

We took a moment to ask Alysha a few questions about her experience on the programme so far and about her background:

What is your background?

I wasn't born in Barrow but I have lived here for the majority of my life. I went to school in Ulverston and I attended sixth form for a year before deciding it wasn't for me. I have had many jobs before reaching my current role, working in a local primary school - a job I LOVE! I also attend a local church... which was how I heard about the Aspiring Leaders Programme course...

How did you hear about ALP?

A member of the church recommended me for the course to a member of the team. He then passed on information for me to have a browse through, also passing through the application forms - very subtle.

Why did you apply to the programme?

As I looked into it, I found it interesting. It was not something I would have usually gone for, however I was willing to give it a try. So I went to the taster weekender unsure of my decision. Having a fun weekend, I ended the weekender with a decision to complete the course.

How has it helped you so far and how will it help in the long term?

The course so far has encouraged me to explore the background of my organisation - the church, as well as other organisations around me. It has built my knowledge on social enterprises and the history of them too. I am excited to continue learning how we can personally help develop the third sector and how we can leave a great impact within it in order to help and support our communities.

What are your aspirations following the programme?

By hopefully achieving my degree. I hope to use my degree, firstly, locally by using my knowledge in the areas of the church and community I am involved in. Also, I would be delighted to expand the field and use my knowledge in other parts of the UK and hopefully abroad. Using what I know to the best of my ability. 

Find out more about the Aspiring Leaders Programme here.