Two-Day Training

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.

See stories of Two-day training courses held in September 2016, October 2017 (and End_of_Grant_report to Funder, August 2018), and September 2018, supported with funding from MK Community Foundation.

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.

Click here to see how Mentoring proves to have high impact in follow-up activities.
Click here to see how an Action Learning Set works.
Click here to see what the Graduation event looks like.

If you are interested to attend our next Two-Day Training, 28-29th September 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm both days, and/or follow up activities, book here now and/or contact our Community Organiser.

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