Thoughts from Graduates...

“The biggest way in which my placement helped me was through being able to see my work as an outworking of my Christian faith. I’ve had an opportunity to meet some of the people on whose behalf we work for which of course has fuelled my desire for human rights.”
(Matt Jones)

“Being a part of the CARE leadership programme has been a transformative and unique experience. We have been blessed to have been able to learn from so many wise and grace-filled Christians in what it means to be a leader in the political world and more widely what it looks like to faithfully use the gifts God has given each of us for His glory”
(Former Graduate)

“Being with a close group of friends on a Friday has been an enlightening experience where ideas have been born and bounced off people with various opinions. What made the disagreements more fruitful was the deep knowledge that we all had of a love for Christ and what he had done, is doing and will do in our lives"
(Former Graduate)

“I wanted to know what it was like to be a Christian in the media. CARE showed me what it meant to think about things through a lens of faith. That was really helpful in applying that to both the content of what I make and making me a better person to work with.”
(Lynda Davies)

“Faith is the reason I am in politics at all, it is the reason that I want to change society because of my Christian faith. The whole idea behind the Programme is who those two worlds interact and have those who are further down the road come and share some of those experiences.”
(Kieron Turner)

“When I look at other leaders in the world it often seems to equate to success and particularly financial success  and power and so this idea of servant leadership has been something that has really been on our heart as a class together; what does this look like to be willing to take on responsibilities  and to be people who have passion and want to move things forward and at the same time wanting to be humble in that”
(Charlie Ager)

“I did not expect this year to be quite so invasive. I expected to learn a lot, but was unaware of how much I would learn about myself and others. I owe a debt to CARE and their supporters … I have been equipped far beyond the average graduate programme.”
(Former Graduate)

“I can honestly say that without the CARE Leadership Programme I wouldn’t be where I am today on two levels. Firstly, I wouldn’t have had the introduction to the political process which I now need for my job  but it is also what I learned from Lord David Alton in respect of making a difference where you are, understanding how things work and trying to make a difference with those who you are actually working alongside.”  
(Lee Wells)

“The Leadership Programme has been the richest teaching and training investment I've received in thinking about the relationship between Christ and Culture, and growing in servant leadership.
(Former Graduate)

“What the Programme has done for me is opened my eyes to future possibilities and it has inspired me to consider a future in politics”        
(Christina Robinson) 

“My time with a Liberal Democrat MP in Westminster was an incredibly eye-opening and fulfilling experience, giving an inside view into the way the world of politics works and how a Christian might begin to exist in that world and then influence it. I quickly had to get to grips with parliamentary procedures, Bills, how a busy MP's office runs - not to mention the layout of the Palace of Westminster, which could have taken a year in itself. As a volunteer, I felt a valued part of my MP's team.The programme was formative in cementing my faith, my worldview, my politics and my plans for the future - I felt blessed all the way through and continue to reap the rewards of that year." 
(Sam - Graduate)

 

' The Lord bless you and watch, guard and keep you; The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you '

Numbers 6: 34, 35 (AV)