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Six-Day Community Leadership Training (Residential)

About our training

Our national community leadership training is an immersion in community organising.

Over the course of six days, you will learn with and from others about how to make change. Our leaders come from all over the country, from a diverse range of institutions, with the common goal of building community-led solutions to win change.

Ran by experienced community organisers, we share tools, techniques and hard-won experience​. Together, we have a proven track record of winning change on the things that you and your community care about most.

By taking part, you will:

  • Deepen your understanding of community organising and what it means to be work with others in an alliance or chapter.
  • Develop core community organising leadership skills such as 1-2-1 relational meetings, storytelling, power analysis, campaign strategy, action-planning and negotiation skills.
  • Meet others working to make change within and outside of their organisation.
  • Better prepare yourself to lead change in your community.

The training takes place in a residential environment, where all accommodation and meals are provided as part of the course.

After the six-day residential course, there is a 50-hour practical placement in your community, supported by your local community organiser. This course is accredited by Birmingham Newman University as a Certificate in Community Leadership.

Afsana Salik, Community Organiser for Tower Hamlets, reflects on her experience graduating with her leaders:

Woman stands in front of a row of trees and smiles throwing degree certification in the air

"When I was working through portfolios with my leaders we began to realise how much we had achieved together. This really boosted their confidence…they told me it feels like something they have achieved, not for their community, not for their families, but for themselves."

And then I also think…it’s really nice to feel that I’ve achieved something for myself. And also for my leaders and their institutions to see me celebrating with them – and all that we have achieved together - was very meaningful."

Upcoming dates

Student union leadership training 3

23 - 28 June 2024

Find out more and apply using the link below - please speak to your Organiser before applying.

Waltham Forest Sept 2022

17 - 22 November 2024

Find out more and apply using the link below - please speak to your Organiser before applying.