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An introduction to Community Organising – Principle and Practice
Wed 31 May 2017, 10:00 – 16:30 BST
The Company of Community Organisers are delighted to be offering An Introduction to Community Organising - Principle and Practice. as part of the Community Organisers Expansion funded by DCMS,
Community Organising is a dynamic process that uses listening to encourage individuals to reflect on the world around them, and to consider the role that they can play in shaping the way things are for them and the way that things are done. This training is designed to look at how the community organising approach can be used by those involved with community engagement to inspire and enable great involvement in social action and community based initiatives..
The day will focus on the specific outcomes:
To better understand the community organising process
To understand the importance of listening in building relationships
Better understand power relationships and power dynamics that exist in 1:1 interaction
Recognise their own behaviour and to be able to demonstrate self-awareness that can build mutual respect.
Have developed enhanced listening skills by better understanding non-verbal communication
The training will be delivered by experienced Community Organisers Nick Gardham and David Symes.
Nick Gardham Bio
Nick is the CEO of The Company of Community Organisers. He is an expert in the field of Community Organising and citizen led action and has worked across the UK and Europe. He has spent the last 10 years working in some of the most economically disadvantaged communities in England supporting and enabling residents to take action around the things that matter most to them. Nick was one of the lead trainers in the National Community Organiser Programme between 2011 and 2015 training over 500 individuals in the principle and practice of community organising.
As CEO of Community Organisers Ltd, Nick is leading the organisation into becoming a national membership body that can continue to support and sustain the growing community organising community in England as well as leading the development of the National Academy for Community Organising. The work of COLtd through its membership is galavanising new forms of citizen led activity which is transforming the way in which local people understand accountability and democratic action.
David Symes Bio
Dave is the Communications and Member Engagement Manager for The Company of Community Organisers. He is an experienced Community Organiser and activist who has led successful campaigns at a local and wider level. Dave has been a local innovator since 2001 and completed the one year training in the Principles and Practice of Community Organising in 2012. He was voted on (by his peers) to the national council for Community Organisers, where he served for two years. Dave has designed and delivered numerous workshops for COLtd at National Conferences and is a key speaker at significant events supporting organising.
Living and working on Portland in Dorset, Dave has a vast experience of setting up projects through local demand and he is the chair of a youth football club, that he founded in 2001. The club has now completed an asset transfer of council owned pitches, which will allow them to access grant money to improve local amenities. He is keenly aware of power dynamics and successfully supported the community to challenge an unjust council tax precept rise of 1000%. Dave now represents Portland as a Town Councillor and has been paramount in reforming the councils philosophy on dialogue and participation within the local community.