Learning Exchange

An opportunity for cross-sector sharing around leadership practices.

Learning Exchange, linked to the Leaders in GM programme, is a mechanism by which leaders can connect with each other to share their learning and create ongoing relationships across sectors. As leaders develop a greater understanding of their communities, leadership practices and methods of working, we believe collaboration and sharing of good practice can help improve the lives of Greater Manchester citizens.

So far we have made successful matches with people from GMCA, local authorities, GM Police, CCGs and others and linked them with people from VCSE organisations.

Your match could be around a shared interest, place, service, or specific way of working. You may have an idea of a person or organisation that you would really like to find out more about - please state this on your application. The experience is tailored to fit your needs. What is important is that leaders from different sectors are learning from each other. 

Learning Exchange is open to leaders from across Greater Manchester from voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and the public service. You need not be a leader by title but someone who leads through action and ideas based on the needs of our people and communities. 


“We both came away with new knowledge and ideas that are really useful as we are in similar situations in our current roles. We also came away with an action plan that we had asked of each other. Overall great productive session.” Jo, GMCA


A really positive experience – was able to make connections which do not come up in ‘formal meetings’. Developed a better understanding of individual organisation and people and their individual experience of the ‘strategic intention’. Was also helpful for making further connections across GM which were mutually beneficial.” Thomas, GMCA


“It was great to have someone come along and take part in the day’s activities at the centre. It was good to share working methods and our values at the centre. It was great to know other organisations are interested in what we do. It would be good if there was more sharing of working methods and I think is a good way of doing it, it would be good if this happened more and was talked about more.” Alix, Booth Centre

If you would like to take part then please fill in the short form below and GMCVO will match you up as closely as possible depending on your requirements. 

All we ask is that you spend one day together. This could be a full day, or two half days or a series of meetings and can be done using a variety of methods – for example: work shadowing, exchange visit, experience day or mentoring.

We would like to match up to 40 VCSE leaders to a minimum of 40 public service leaders – there may be group visits to a voluntary organisation so more public service leaders can take part.

If you would like to talk about this opportunity then please contact David Brierley on 0161 277 1008.

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