We are delighted to congratulate the first cohort of women to complete the system wide Springboard Women’s Development Programme this week.

Commissioned by the Leeds Women’s Network, the programme launched in January of this year and targets women in non-managerial roles with a particular focus on engaging women from a BAME background. The emphasis of Springboard is to enable women to take clear, practical, realistic steps to take more control of their lives and covers objectives such as assertiveness, goal setting, professional relationships, personal brand and managing change.

Following an overwhelming response when we launched the programme (we received over 100 applications) 26 women from across the system (50% of whom identify as BAME) officially completed the programme on Tuesday.

OrganisationNo. of participants
Leeds City Council (LCC)7
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT)6
Third Sector5
Primary Care/GP practices1
Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust (LYPFT)2
Leeds Community Health (LCH)1
Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)4

The participants of the programme came from a range of city-wide partners.


A formal evaluation of the programme will be shared but closing comments from the participants were very positive.


We are also pleased to announce that two further cohorts, originally scheduled to start in April 2020, have been re-arranged for September 2020 and January 2021 with the September programme likely to run virtually.

We wish the women from cohort one every success for the future and look forward to welcoming the women from future cohorts soon.

Thank you to Springboard all the partners who helped to enable this amazing programme. If you would like to know more about Springboard, please get in touch.