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The focus for this month's conversation is the work the Regional Programme team to facilitate partnerships between Churchill Fellows and RSA Fellows.

Blogging is not my first choice for storytelling. For me the brevity of twitter is my natural comfort zone but blog I must, albeit short, sweet and to the point.  The focus for this month's conversation is the work the Regional Programme team to faciliate partnerships between Churchill Fellows and RSA Fellows.  The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust award travelling fellowships to British Citizens to bring back knowledge and good practice for the benefit of others.  Churchill Fellows are nominated for  RSA Fellowship as part of their award.  During 2012 we ran a pilot in Wales to partner Fellows who could advise, support and open networks to Churchill Fellows.  This year we are expanding the scheme beyond Wales to Yorkshire and South West areas.

The initial Wales based pilot secured 6 advisors working with Churchill Felowships with some interesting results and developments.   I am currently using RSA SkillsBank to identify the potential advisors for this years award winners, so far the response from Fellows selected has been extremely positive.  The requests from Churchill Fellows varies from links in Sweden and Australia, decarbonisation, research into social benefits of arts studios, and building aspirations for girls through community-based programming.  I noticed from the Wales selection of Churchill Fellowships a strong emphasis on health matters including public health and primary care, healthy lifestyles and obsesity.

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often   Winston Churchill

For me this simple initiative is the RSA Fellowship at its best providing expertise and experience when needed but helping individuals achieve their aims and improve their knowledge, so they in turn can help others.  The methodology of encouraging travel to facilitate this knowledge makes it a unique memorial to Churchill.  If you would like to help advise a Churchill Fellow it would be great to hear from you, the more energy from Fellows the more we can grow the scheme.

Vivs Long-Ferguson is Deputy Head of Fellowship Regional Programme at the RSA, you can contact her on or @vivslf.


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