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24 August 2023

Opportunity for young customers to build new leadership skills!

We’re offering young people living in our homes the chance to take part in the next Oxfordshire Youth Young Leaders Programme this October.


We have five fully funded places on the programme which offers up to 20 young people aged 14-21 the opportunity to develop new skills and improve career prospects.

The Young Leaders programme offers you the chance to develop new skills and improve career prospects while having fun! You will:

  • Take part in activities such as problem solving, climbing and orienteering while learning leadership skills.
  • Put these new skills to good use in your community, school, college or youth group.
  • Boost your confidence and your CV with new skills and experiences.
  • Potentially gain a Level 2 Award in Leadership and Team Skills.

Joshua Timms, who lives in one of our homes in West Oxfordshire and took part in the programme last year aged 14, said “It was a great thing to do, you got to meet lots of new people and make new friends while doing lots of activities and gaining a qualification.

“My favourite part was when we worked in teams to find things to take creative photos of in the woods. I wanted the residential weekend to be longer so we could do even more things outside!”

The bespoke leadership programme is: 

  • An intensive course with both classroom sessions and outdoor activities
    (This is mostly completed during a residential weekend taking place in Oxford in October)
  • Accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management
  • Recognised nationally and well regarded by employers, colleges and universities.

If you attend the course you need to:

  • Be fully committed to learning throughout the programme and attend all the sessions; and
  • Complete a logbook by hand to show evidence of your learning throughout the course (additional support to complete this is available if needed, please let us know when completing the application form).

The next Young Leaders Programme starts in October, and you must complete all the following:

  • Introductory session: Thursday 19 October 6.30 - 8.30pm (Headington)
    A chance to learn more about what’s ahead and meet the other people on the course.

  • Residential course: Wednesday 25 - Friday 27 October (Boars Hill, Oxford)
    A full three days of activities, workshops and discussions – all of which need to be recorded in a logbook as part of the qualification requirements.

  • Lead an activity session: to be held between 24 October and 12 November 2023
    Organise an activity or take responsibility for something new in your community, school, college or youth group. Evaluate how the activity went and collect feedback for inclusion in your logbook.

  • Study session: Sunday 19 November 10.30am - 3.30pm
    Team building activities and the chance to complete your logbook.

Those who successfully pass the course will also be invited to attend a graduation ceremony and could go on to train to be a Young Leaders Ambassador, learning more new skills and gaining new experiences.

The five successful applicants will be able to take part in the programme for FREE and we’re also offering a bursary of up to £75 to support with travel costs etc.

We have received a grant from the Travis Perkins Legacy Fund to provide these spaces. Thank you to Travis Perkins Managed Services, who provide the supplies for our repairs and maintenance team, for this kind grant donation. 

If you meet the criteria above and are interested in applying, then please:

  • Make sure that your parents or guardian give you permission to apply for the programme if you’re under 18.
  • Complete the application form below to ensure you’re applying for one of the five free places on offer.

The deadline for applications is Friday 29 September 2023.

For more information:

A privacy notice tells you how we use your personal data, so you know what happens with it when you give it to us.

Who are we?

We are Cottsway Housing Association and we have a responsibility to protect the personal data you give us in this application form.

Personal data? What’s that?

Anything that can identify you is your personal data. If you apply for the Young Leaders Programme the personal information we ask for includes:

  • Your full name
  • Your address (including postcode)
  • You date of birth and age
  • Your parent or guardian’s name, email address and telephone number (if you are under 18)
  • Yours answers to the application questions (why you want to apply, what you want to get out of the programme, and what are you going to use the skills you learn in the programme for). 

Why do you need my personal data?

We need your personal data to manage your application and make sure that this opportunity is going to Cottsway residents who are eligible for the course. We will only use the personal data you give us for this purpose.

We are able to use your personal data because you have given us permission to do so as part of the application, this is also known as giving us consent to use your data.

You have the right withdraw consent and to ask us to delete the personal data you have given us in this form. If you would like us to delete this information, please contact us using the contact details at the end of this notice.

If your application is successful we will need to contact your parent or guardian. Please let them know you are applying and show them this privacy notice.

We will not make any automated decisions about you using the personal data you have given us.

Can anyone else see my personal data?

If your application is successful we will share your data with Oxfordshire Youth. Oxfordshire Youth deliver the Young Leader’s Programme and will need the information you have given us to get in touch with you (and your parent or guardian if you are under 18) about the Programme. We will not the personal data you give us with anyone else.

Your personal data will not be shared outside of the UK.

How long will you keep my personal data and how will you keep it safe?

Your personal data will be stored on Cottsway’s computer systems and we have systems in place to keep your data secure. We will only keep your data long enough to manage your application.  

If your application is successful we will only keep your data long enough to share this with Oxfordshire Youth so that they can get in contact with you about the Programme.

When we have finished using your information, it will be deleted.

Do I have a say in what happens to my personal data?

Yes you do. You have rights when we use your data. One of these is the right to know what we do with it. That’s what this privacy notice is for.

You also have the right to:

  • ask us to tell you what personal data we have about you, and if your personal data is wrong, you can tell us and we will fix it.
  • ask us to delete the personal data you have given us in this form.
  • ask us to restrict our use of your personal data in some circumstances.
  • object to processing if we process your information for our legitimate interests.
  • ask that we transfer the information you gave us from one organisation to another, or give it to you.

If you want to contact us about any of these rights, please use the Cottsway contact details below.

Who makes sure you keep my personal data safe?

We have someone at Cottsway whose job is to protect your data. This means they make sure we are following all the rules, and your data is safe. If they see something wrong, they tell us how we can fix it.

Because of how important it is to keep your data safe; you can email or write a letter to us if you are worried about what we do. You can also call us:

There is an organisation called the ICO who make sure we follow the rules and can punish us when we don't. You can contact them at:

Apply for the Young Leaders Programme

Please complete this form before Friday 29 September 2023 to register your interest in the Young Leaders Programme.

You must be aged between 14 and 21 at the start of the course and live in a Cottsway property to apply.

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