"Learn to listen, connect and inspire your community to act together for change"


What does the course involve?

The ACORN Newcastle community organising volunteer training programme lasts for six months, fully supported, with the option to get a recognised accreditation in community organising. It begins with a weekend workshop on Saturday 31st January and Sunday 1st February, which covers the fundamentals of organising. After that, you will have the opportunity to train 'on the job', for which you and fellow participants will have access to regular, guided support from ACORN Newcastle organisers.

What does the two day workshop cover?

The aim of the two-day workshop is to cover what it takes to be an organiser. The activities will be a mix of discussion, group exercises and practical demonstrations. The workshop deals with why we organise and how we organise:

Why we organise

We will start with the ideas and practice of community organising, including its history and values, and compare it with other types of community work. A lot of this will be about who gets to make the choices that affect us and why.

How we organise

We will start to cover the practical side of organising, which you’ll learn as you go through the 6 month programme. This includes;

  • planning and researching different campaigns;
  • developing organising skills like communication and negotiation;
  • learning about 1-2-1 conversations in the community and power analysis;
  • running effective community meetings and;
  • supporting action.


What does the ‘on the job’ training involve?

Following the two day workshop, we will split into small groups for practical organising over the next few months. People will work (with support) on door-knocking, organising meetings, facilitating discussion, mobilising people and planning action.
We will come back together for regular catch ups and special classes and we will finish the course with a big celebration event.

What does the accreditation involve?

An optional accreditation in the Principles, Purpose and Practice of Community Organising is offered to everyone on the course (though you don't have to do it). This requires several written assignments and is verified by CERTA, part of the Open College Network. If you're interested in the accreditation then we can support you to take it.

Who is it for and what are the commitments?

We are looking for anyone who likes listening to people, is positive and energetic, and cares about people. It is designed in particular for volunteers new to organising, not professional organisers, though everyone's welcome. No experience necessary so come and give it a go. You will need to commit to the weekend training, January 31st and February 1st*, and at least three hours every fortnight.

Ready? Register here.



*Can't make the 31st January & 1st February? Don't worry, you can still join the course. Get in touch!

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