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We did a training weekend!
On the weekend of the 11th-12th June, we welcomed 20 people from different backgrounds to our free training on the Fundamentals of Community Organising. The aim of the training was to enable people to learn how to listen, connect and inspire their communities to take action and win change.
Community organising is about bringing communities together, uniting them around common concerns and building power to address them. It’s also about ensuring that people have the skills and abilities to act together and unleash the potential of the community to achieve its aims and create a fairer world.
Community organising has a fantastic history – from the labour movements in the 1800s, to the Suffragettes, civil rights, LGBT rights and women’s movements, these skills have been around for a long time.
ACORN in Newcastle uses community organising and we trained participants in the theory and practice of organising so that these skills and knowledge are shared. We looked at what is power, how we use it, the values of organising, the history of organising and ACORN, core skills around listening and engaging people and finally how to plan a community campaign or project and get more community rights for our neighbourhoods.
Participants have the opportunity to put the skills to use and gain experience by getting involved with ACORN using grassroots organising and working with us to improve community housing.
If you missed the training but want to find out more or get involved, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing email@example.com.