Having successfully launched the programme in Milton Keynes in 2016 we didn’t want to just stop at one location! We’ve seen the impact the programme can have on individuals, businesses and communities and we wanted that effect to be as far reaching as possible.  We have run the programme in Oxford, Cambridge, Leicester and Northampton and our aim is to roll it out to other organisations and communities across the country.

If you’d like one in your city – please get in touch.

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes was the birth place of The Red Thread Partnership.   With extensive local business knowledge and an acute awareness of the social and community based issues in the area, we started our efforts close to home.  Milton Keynes is a fast developing new city, but many of the underpasses are tragically a place that too many people call ‘home’.  So popular is the Fellowship programme in Milton Keynes that we are about to launch our 6th cohort in Spring 2022 and have an exciting local partnership being announced soon.

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Oxford is an ethnically diverse city and charities have many challenges in supporting the community’s needs - not least the need for more social housing to keep up with the fast growth.  So given our contacts and the needs, we decided to make Oxfordshire our second Fellowship location and are due to run our third cohort in early 2022.

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Another fast growing city, especially in the ‘tech’ arena. We decided to make this our third Fellowship city as there is a distinct population ‘divide’ between the rich and the poor  – sadly most of the poverty goes unseen and many charities are being stretched to provide support for those disadvantaged groups. It may surprise you to read that Cambridge has the biggest gap between rich and poor of any city in the UK.  In the face of this gulf – it was an easy decision to launch our Fellowship here.

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Like many market towns, Northampton’s retail heart is struggling and in March 2018 the County Council became insolvent and was abolished. As a result, there are areas of acute deprivation in and around the town and county.  To help, we will be delivering a bespoke Fellowship programme for the University of Northampton, in line with their focus on positive social change and inspiring and transforming lives; and the Fellowship’s goal of building inclusive and caring communities.

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Leicester sits at the heart of England and recently became well known for the discovery of the body of King Richard III, the last of the Plantagenet kings. Known also for being the most diverse city in the UK, Leicester boasts a variety of industries, featuring some of the largest and famous brands to very successful family owned companies. There is also a strong charity sector operating across not only the City but also the County. It makes for a great environment to bring business and charity together, for learning, support and opportunity.

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Be part of something amazing!

Register your interest if:

You are a business… who would like send a middle leader on the programme and support a local charity within your community.

You are an middle leader… with budget and people responsibility who would like a unique action learning experience which helps you to develop as a leader and impact a local charitable project.

You are a charity…  which delivers its services within 50 miles of a Red Thread Fellowship city and want to work with high energy leaders who can bring experience and expertise into your business who will fundraise for you and raise your profile for a year!

You can support or sponsor us… can you offer a venue to run a workshop, or catering, or sponsor a place for a Fellow or would like to sponsor a years programme, please get in touch!

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