13 Aug 2019

The annual Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary is now open to voluntary sector leaders.

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The Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary gives £2,500 annually to the leader of a voluntary organisation to develop their entrepreneurial leadership skills.

Applicants are encouraged to come up with interesting ideas to support their own development as an entrepreneurial leader.

Previous winners include a trip to Copenhagen to learn how to plan a cycle-friendly city, and to Montreal to learn about developing community garden networks.

There is no formal scoring system for applications. The judging panel are looking for the proposal that inspires them most and is in keeping with the ethos of the award.

All that is asked in return is that successful applicants share their experiences within their own organisation, with WCVA and with the wider sector. 

Applications will be accepted up until the closing date on 18 October 2019, and the winner will be announced at our Annual General Meeting and Lecture in November.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Social Investment Cymru team prior to application for an informal discussion on 0300 111 0124.

Find out more and how to apply

Last year's winner

Isla Horton, Development Co-ordinator at Grow Cardiff, was announced as the second ever winner of the bursary at WCVA's Annual General Meeting on 22 November 2018.

The bursary enabled Isla to embark on a study tour of Montreal in Canada, visiting respected organisations across the area that are promoting natural resources and revitalising their communities through gardening projects - as well as visiting local schools where they use gardening as a learning tool across the curriculum.

The bursary will also pay for Isla to undergo three courses of study at the Thrive centre for therapeutic horticulture, based in Reading.

Isla will be using what she has learnt to enrich Grow Cardiff's projects, including work with schools, social prescribing, and neighbourhood community gardens.

She will also be sharing her learning with the wider sector and external partners through Grow Cardiff's membership with various third sector organisations (including WCVA) and schools, health and well-being and social prescribing networks across Cardiff.

'I have had very little training other than on the job and out of necessity since starting Grow Cardiff, and I would like to use this bursary as a space to reflect and grow - a time to develop myself as a leader, something I have often denied myself, but that on reflection, I very much need,' says Isla.

'I want to become the leader that Grow Cardiff deserves and that I have the potential to become if I allow myself the time and space to explore.'

About Walter

As a member of WCVA's board Walter Dickie's expertise, experience and commitment to the third sector have had a profound impact on the work of WCVA and those who had the pleasure of working with him. 

For more than ten years Walter supported WCVA as a trustee where he played an instrumental role in guiding the organisation and helping to set up the ground-breaking Communities Investment Fund which lends money to social businesses.

That fund still runs today and remains the cornerstone of so much of our ongoing social investment activity.

Thanks to Walter's dedication, WCVA has been able to lend nearly eight million pounds to community organisations, many working in the most deprived areas of Wales.

To honour Walter's memory and continue the development of entrepreneurial leadership in the sector that he gave so much time to support, WCVA set up The Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary.