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Leadership training

Leadership Training

Every year Citizens UK trains hundreds of people how to turn their anger into action for change through Community Organising.

We believe that community leaders are made, not born– which is why we invest so much time and effort into leadership development and training with a focus on putting the theory and skills into practice.

All our training is delivered by experienced members of the Guild of Community Organisers, which includes the leading practitioners of the craft in the UK, with over a century of experience between them.

See below five core ways you can access training with Citizens UK:

Citizens UK training ranges from free weekly sessions, to local, regional and national training.

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Learning Thursdays

Free weekly online training. Learning Thursdays are designed to support Citizens UK leaders and member institutions apply learning from Organising stories, methodology and actions to their own change-making. These sessions give leaders a chance to hear about current Citizens UK campaigns and how to get involved, with an emphasis on leadership, institutional and skills development. Suitable for a range of experience levels.

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Local Taster Training

A lot of our training consists of short workshops and one or two day local taster trainings delivered in the community or online. If you are part of a Citizens UK member organisation, ask your local Community Organiser for details of taster training courses in your area.

If you do not have the contact details of your local Community Organiser, contact

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3-day Community Leadership Training (Regional or Online)

For those who have completed a local taster training we offer our three-day community leadership training which takes place online. We have two training courses currently on offer within this: 'An introduction to Community Organising', and 'The Five Steps to Social Change'. This course is accredited by Birmingham Newman University as a Professional Graduate Certificate in Community Leadership.

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6-day Community Leadership Training (Residential)

Our national community leadership training is a six-day immersion in Community Organising theory and skills, with a particular emphasis on building the method into the culture of your organisation through institutional development. After the six-day residential course there is a 50-hour practical placement in your community. This course is accredited by Birmingham Newman University as a Professional Graduate Certificate in Community Leadership.

Find out more and apply using the link below.

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Organising in Schools

Introduction to Community Organising for Education Leaders. A five-part, online series. Registrations are currently open for the next cohort, beginning 7 June 2023.

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