Bringing the community together

There are many organisations in London that offers a schedule of two and five-day training courses aimed at developing communication, personal leadership and team building skills.

The training develops the skills necessary to be an effective community leader, and is suited to people who are new to community organising as well as those with many years of experience.

The course syllabus includes:

  • new leadership techniques
  • how to connect faith and values to practical action
  • the role that power and self-interest play in holding a group together and making the world work
  • an introduction to a campaigning methodology that helps strengthen your organisation and gain recognition and dignity for you, your family and community.

Learning is through role play, formal lectures, video, and group discussion. The tutors are all experienced community organisers working in different parts of the city.

Previous attendees have been of various ages, from teenagers to pensioners. They include people from Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Jewish and Hindu congregations, and from local trade union branches, student groups, tenants organisations, and community centres. The diversity of attendees makes the training even more valuable.