Since 2007, SWDDF has provided peer support and professional development opportunities to charity leaders in the south west. 


Our purpose

We deliver high-level, accessible, affordable, professsional development so charities across the South West flourish. 

Click on PARTNERS to read more about programme content and expert contributors.

SWDDF provides an excellent forum for learning, sharing and getting to know others in similar roles. I have found it to be a very useful network for my own learning and that of my team.
— Kate Few-Singh, Director of Income Generation, Hospicecare, Exeter

What We've Achieved

  • SWDDF has more than 200 charitable organisations spread across the South West as active members.

  • In 2016 we commissioned a locally-delivered, leadership development programme for charity leaders that avoided the time and cost of travelling to London.

  • We delivered what our members requested: expert-led learning sessions, action learning of ‘live’ issues plus one-to-one coaching.

  • The first cohort of 15 charity leaders began their 11-month programme in September 2016 which concluded in July 2017.

  • The second cohort of 12 charity leaders began in Oct 2017 and completed until July 2018.

  • The third cohort of 17 charity leaders begin in Oct 18 and be supported until July 19.

  • Peer learning groups are a new service in 2018 in response to requests.

  • If you would like to find out joining the next cohort to run from October 2019 - July 2020, please click 'Take Action' above.