It’s no secret that those working in the social cohesion space can feel isolated and exhausted. With limited funding and networking opportunities, where do changemakers go to accelerate their plans for peace?

Enter our Changemakers in Turbulent Times programme.

We’re delighted to announce that applications for our first cohort have just closed – and we’re bowled over by the level of interest and calibre of applicants. The 10-week programme runs in six locations in the UK – Bradford, Slough, Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, and Newham in London. It begins March 7th.

With over 100 applications received, we’re humbled that our programme resonated with many inspiring people who are doing admirable work in their communities. Applicants came from varying fields, from the arts to public services, and span a wide range of ages. They represent a rich swathe of community interests – from supporting a local farm to water management, bereavement support, addressing racial inequality and supporting inter-faith dialogue.

“We’re so pleased to have received so much interest,” says Madeleine Mosse, Plan for Peace CEO. “It’s an honour to support changemakers who are dedicated to social change during this challenging time in the UK.” Mosse led a team for six months last year visiting locations, partnering with local grassroots organisations and listening to changemakers’ needs. Changemakers in Turbulent Times distils decades of peacebuilding and social cohesion experience into a 10-week learning journey around communication skills, transforming anger and how to speak truth to power effectively. It’s supported by a raft of well-known speakers and local community leaders.

The programme, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, comes with the opportunity to receive up to £2,000 in seed grant funds to set up or further develop a community initiative – we’re so excited to see what projects might emerge.

Applications for our Summer ‘23 cohort are now open. If you’d like to learn more about our Changemakers in Turbulent Times programme, click here.