Community Organising Training

8th July 2019

Rotherham Federation of Communities have free training courses available to equip people to develop their understanding and practice of community organising.

  • Thursday 12th September- Introduction to community organising 10am-4pm – Rotherham federation for communities
  • Thursday 19th September – Listening in community organising 10am-4pm – Rotherham federation of communities
  • Thursday 26th September – Power in community organising 10am-4pm – Rotherham federation of communities
  • Thursday 3rd October – Action for change in community organising 10am-4pm -Rotherham federation of communities

All courses are free of charge and there is free refreshments and buffet lunch, if you are interested in attending the course then please email to book a place.

We do ask for a £5 refundable deposit once you have attended your course.

Payments can be made directly into the office or you can pay by Bacs to Rotherham federation of communities sort code  08-92-99 account number 65230475

For further details on each of the courses please see below:

1. Introduction into community organising

This course is a starting point for anybody who is interested in community organising. It will help you begin to understand what community organising involves and what it looks like in the real world. You will be introduced to the foundations of community organising: listening, power, and action.

Community organisers reach out and listen to people, then connect and motivate them to build their collective power.  In this course, you will start to explore how people come together so that they can understand and take action on their concerns to build community and overcome social injustice.

You will learn about:

  • what community organising is
  • the importance of listening to build relationships and explore issues
  • power in communities and why it matters
  • what motivates people to act
  • how to take your next steps in community organising

The course lasts for six hours and usually runs in one day, but can be split across two days. Like all of our training, it is both active and thought-provoking. It is designed so that everybody can take part and share their ideas and experiences. Many different people have taken part in the Introduction to Community Organising course, from members of the community, people who work in community organisations as well as individuals from local government and statutory services.

2. Listening skills for community organisers

Listening to people is the foundation of community organising because it builds trust and relationships, uncovers issues and is an essential starting point for bringing people together to share stories, ideas and action. On this course, you will gain an understanding of why listening is important in community organising and you will develop practical listening skills and tactics and plan a listening campaign.

You will learn about:

  • ‘relational’ listening and its importance in community organising
  • how to plan a listening campaign to kick-start your organising work
  • practical listening tools you can use to engage people, build relationships and find leaders
  • how asking powerful questions helps people to tell their stories
  • how community organisers reflect to improve their work

The course also provides a reminder of the basics of community organising, which are covered in our Introduction to Community Organising course. If you haven’t been on our Introduction course, we would encourage you to do this before signing up to our Listening course.

The course lasts for 7.25 hours and usually runs in one day but can be split across two days.  Like all of our training, it is inspiring and interactive.  It is designed so that everybody can take part and share their ideas and experiences and practice their skills

3. Building power through community organising

On this course you will explore and develop your understanding of power, which is what drives community organising: what power means and how power can be built in community to overcome social injustice and create change.

Using fun and thought-provoking activities, and thinking about our own lives, we will think about the different types and effects of power and look at the ways that people can build power together through community organising.

You will explore:

  • your personal power and ability to act
  • how power is exercised in society
  • what it means to organise for change
  • how to begin to pinpoint the causes of social injustice
  • how to build power with others through community organising

The course also provides a reminder of the basics of community organising which are covered in our Introduction to Community Organising course. If you haven’t been on our Introduction course, we would encourage you to do this before signing up to our Power course.

The course lasts for 7 hours and is usually run on one day but can be split across two days.  Like all of our training, it is both challenging and enjoyable.  It is designed so that everybody can take part and share their ideas and experiences and learn some practical tools and skills.

4. Action for change through community organising

This one-day course will explore how you can make change for good through collective action. You will explore the different types of action you can take, from DIY action to campaigning, explore stories of action and success factors and learn how to develop a strategy for change based on listening, building people power and leadership and picking tactics and methods for action.

This course builds on our Introduction, Listening and Power course. On this course we get to the heart of the action. What can we do together to create change in our neighbourhoods and communities? How do we know what is the right action to take?  How do we make mobilise our network of people?  How do we work together to lead change?

Share and learn from stories of action: campaigning, community enterprise, takeover of assets, community events, holding politicians to account.

Learn about calling people to action through stories and how community organising enables people to lead and support action which makes them feel powerful together.

You will explore:

  • the purpose of action in community organising and the types of actions that effect change
  • how to motivate & organise people to take action in their community
  • team building and theories of change
  • To be able to plan, lead and evaluate action

The course also provides a reminder of the basics of community organising which are covered in our Introduction to Community Organising course. If you haven’t been on our Introduction course, we would encourage you to do this before signing up to our Action course.