Charity Leadership Group: Third Sector Peer Support in Harrogate

10 Sep 2024

The third sector faces numerous challenges, from keeping the lights on to broader societal and economic issues. To address this, we are launching a Harrogate peer support programme for third sector organisations based in North Yorkshire.

Update: We are still taking registrations for the last few remaining places when the group meets again from September.

Graphic reading Charity Leadership Group: Third Sector Peer Support in Harrogate. First Session: 16 July. 10am-1pm.

What you’ll gain

These group sessions are designed to provide support and guidance on best practices, helping you to:

  • Become a better leader
  • Make the right decisions
  • Create new ideas and innovations
  • Generate new opportunities and income streams
  • Build new networks
  • Set long term strategies

About the sessions

The programme will be delivered as five monthly sessions. These sessions will last half a day each and take place in person.

The sessions will cover the following critical areas:

  • Governance and Leadership
  • Board Strategy and Development
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Human Resources and Staff Development

Each session will consist of the following:

  • First Hour: A presentation delivered by an expert in the field
  • Second Hour: Peer group discussion on the expert topic
  • Final Hour: General peer-to-peer discussion on topics of your choice

Who is peer support for?

This programme is open to not-for-profit organisations in the North Yorkshire Council area. This includes charities, unincorporated voluntary and community groups, and social enterprises. These peer support sessions will be held around Harrogate, but are open to all such organisations located in North Yorkshire.

Why attend peer support in Harrogate?

  • The third sector landscape is constantly evolving, presenting new challenges and opportunities for charity leaders. Agility is key to responding effectively. By attending these peer groups, you will have the chance to learn, share, and discuss your challenges and successes. Furthermore, you can fill yourself and your peers with new ideas and strategies.
  • Building strong relationships with stakeholders is crucial for long-term success. This includes the people you support, donors, volunteers, and the wider community. However, effective engagement needs time, effort, and strategic thinking. These focused workshops will help you build beyond your usual networks.

Where and when?

The sessions will be held in venues in the Harrogate area.

The first session was held on Tuesday 16 July, and we are happy to take registrations to fill the last few remaining places for future meetings. The next session will be held in Starbeck on Tuesday 10 September, at the premises of Time Together (Unit 10 Provincial Works, Laundry Road, Starbeck HG1 4QE)

The remaining sessions will be scheduled at times and venues to suit the group.


Complete the registration form on this page and we will be in touch to discuss your attendance.

About the Provider

The programme will be delivered by Yorkshire Leadership Group. Sessions will be hosted by Lisa Lister and Dawn Stott, with presentations from guest speakers.

Lisa Lister

Lisa has been working with owner managed businesses for the last 20 years helping them create and implement plans for growth. She is a strong believer that personal connections and collaboration is the key to success. Her enthusiasm is infectious and the leadership groups she facilitates are lively and highly informative.

Dawn Stott

Dawn has worked in healthcare for around 30 years in many different roles, latterly as CEO of the Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP), a healthcare charity. She is a published author and a human factors/quality improvement consultant and speaker.

About this peer support programme

This business support programme is a collaboration between the York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub, North Yorkshire Council, and Yorkshire Leadership Group.

This is funded by North Yorkshire Council. Therefore, only businesses located in North Yorkshire Council’s area are eligible to attend. Businesses within City of York Council are at this time not eligible. You can find information about support programmes available to York businesses here.

Find a list of business support programmes in York and North Yorkshire here.

For more information, please contact us by email