Two-day training normally takes place in September/October and is open to all member institutions (at least one free place per member institution) and aims to equip individuals to lead community organising in their institutions and/or the local community. It is not passive. Attendees are expected to participate and learn actively during the course, then, with the support of our Community Organiser and Leadership Group members, lead a listening campaign and action for social change over the following nine months.
The Two-Day Training covers the essential concepts, tools and process of community organising, including:
|1. Listening – Why and how to communicate self-interest, do 121s, listen for issues affecting people in your institution|
|2. Issues – How to present issues and work with others to prioritise issues in a broad-based organisation|
|3. Research – How to research common issues, analyse power and plan SMART campaign goals|
|4. Action – How to understand different cultures and organise a public action|
|5. Negotiation – How to generate turnout and negotiate with power holders|
|6. Evaluation – How to evaluate, celebrate, reflect on power and leadership, develop a habit of action|
Although the Two-Day Training is intended primarily for leaders from member institutions, places on the course are also available to leaders and potential leaders from non-member institutions for a fee. In 2017-18, some of these places were subsidised by a community grant from MK Community Foundation, which enabled an additional process of optional follow up activities for all trainees:
- Four mentoring meetings with a member of the Leadership Group
- Three Action Learning Sets ending with final short presentation in the last session
- One Graduation event where trainees exchange learning from the course.
It is hoped that free places will also be available in 2018-19, pending a bid to MK Community Foundation.