LinC (Leadership in Communities) Project 2015 -2016

Update January 2017: LinC Project group#2 finished the programme in October and since then we have been having conversations with lots of communities and agencies about the needs that continue to be important and the shape that LinC Project will have from 2017 onwards.  This co-design process is now at the detailed planning stage and we expect to have some exciting information to share in the next month.

Update July 2016: We were recently given the opportunity to present our learnings from the LinC Project to the Parlimentary Select Committee for Mental Health.  This was very well received with follow up engagements being planned at present.  Our presentation is available through slideshare at this link.

Update May 2016: Fantastic LinC Showcase event held at CCC where 20 communities involved in LinC#1 shared verbally and visually about the emerging project in their communities.  Each community project produces a large professionally designed poster outlining their project and their success factors and shared learnings.  These posters as well as the videos from the LinC Showcase including Mayor Lianne Dalziel’s fantastic speech are available on our new website at

Update February 2016: LinC#2 has begun with 45 leaders in a wide range of communities involved.  The LinC#2 brochure gives an outline of the components of the programme and we in the process of designing a new web portal which will make much of the learning from LinC#2 available to anyone through a range of short videos.

Update August 2015: Fantastic news! A second LinC Project cohort of 40 leaders has just been approved by the funders based on some great outcomes for the first 40 leaders……applications opened on Sept 3rd and close on October 23rd 2015.

Update July 2015: Digital community story #4 “Overcoming barriers to communication” @ Delta International Play group

Update June 2015: Digital community story #3 “Working alongside communities” @ Riccarton West Community

Update May 2015: Four of our LinC Project team from Riccarton West community were featured in the Community in Mind Strategy launch and here’s an article in last weeks CHCH Star about it……

Update April 2015: Youtube video highlights #2 from early 2015 “Connecting across communities”

Update March 2015:  Youtube video highlights #1 from launch event on December 8th 2014 “Others like me”

Update February 2015: 40 fantastic team members on the first Cohort of the LinC Project

Update January 2015:  LinC website: Connecting communities across the city – LinC Project Launch event Monday 8th December

Update December 2015: Introducing the LinC Project Facilitation and Evaluation team


The LinC Project (Leadership in Communities) is designed specifically to support and enhance local leadership and recognised change agents drawn from the voluntary, NGO and also central and local government sectors across Greater Christchurch .

lincWebHeaderChange140814Press article Tuesday 8th September “Support for burnt out leaders”

Applications are now being accepted for the second 10 month cohort of 40 team members which commences in December 2015.  As in Cohort 1, 30 of the team members in this cohort will be leaders in either geographic communities (suburbs) or communities of interest (ie: sport, culture, arts, start-ups, social enterprise etc) who have been active in their communities over the last 3 years.  The other 10 will be drawn from staff of local and central government services in Greater Christchurch who work with communities (ie: the 3 Councils, CERA, MSD, CDHB etc).

The LinC Project involves a comprehensive range of forums, coaching, peer groups and funded projects  and is being designed and facilitated by a team of local, experienced professionals in the field of leadership and community development named  The project is fully funded by generous sponsors including New Zealand Red Cross, CERA, Wayne Francis Charitable Trust, Tindall Foundation and the Ministry of Social Development with resource and networking support from the Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri District Council, Selwyn District Council, Canterbury Community Trust, University of Canterbury, CPIT and Gap Filler.   The LinC Project is also connected with the Community in Mind , a cross-agency psycho-social strategy and programme of action focussed on coordinated support of community well-being. Application forms and selection criteria for leaders in both communities and government services are available on the


Download LinC Project brochure

I have worked with, Chris, Peter and Tim from Leadership Lab in this initiative related to the greater Christchurch Psychosocial Strategy. The initiative is focused on building leadership capacity at a community level with participants to include community volunteers, paid staff from NGO’s and government staff (both local and central). The initiative itself incorporates the latest leadership theories and applications. I have been extremely impressed by the passion and commitment the team bring to the initiative which has contributed, in no small way, to the outstanding success to date. There have been plenty of challenges and concerns presented by this model as is often the case with change and innovation. The Leadership Lab team have responded directly and carefully to the various challenges and the results have been dramatic and positive. This initiative has many players, many funders and many views and perspectives which have all had to be taken in to account in the development of the final model. I have no doubt that the time and energy by the team far, far exceeds the resources contributed to date. I believe this will be because the team believes what we are doing with this initiative really matters and has the potential to  contribute significantly to the social recovery of greater Christchurch. I am excited to be now in a position to progress this initiative to the next stage in partnership with the team. I am happy to be contacted to discuss further”

Denise Kidd, General Manager – Community Resilience, Social and Cultural Recovery, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)