This programme is for community leaders seeking fresh, inspiring and effective approaches to generating great ideas and developing them into successful projects for community action on climate change. Designed for experienced community leaders and people who are stepping into this role for the first time, the programme is based on the latest insights from research and practical experience about leading low carbon communities.
The programme involves six days of workshops over two months. The programme is designed and led by recognised experts with opportunities for peer-peer working.
Participants will be introduced to practical models that explain how lasting change can be brought about, explore how to build communities that participate in the process of change and be guided through the use of the Scottish Government’s ‘Shifting Normal’ tool to design a low-carbon project based on the latest research.
Throughout the programme participants will practice a range of techniques for coaching, mentoring, facilitation and resilience - all essential to be an effective community leader (or agent for change) and to put the programme into practice in a community setting.
The Surefoot Effect and Keep Scotland Beautiful as part of the Community Action Support Programme
Over the programme you will:
1. Learn and practice techniques for defining and refining a vision for your low carbon community based on the core values that everyone shares
2. Explore different models like Three Horizons that help make sense of how change happens, and learn how to put these into practice when designing projects
3. Explore Community Learning and Development approaches to building community participation and capacity
4. Use the Shifting Normal framework to identify and design a carbon reducing project
5. Learn and practice techniques for facilitation, coaching, mentoring and personal resilience
By the end of the programme you will:
1. Feel confident leading your community organisation through a process to define and refine your long term aims and vision
2. Be able to apply theories of change to designing projects or a strategy for your community
3. Feel confident applying participatory techniques and processes in planning and implementing your community work.
4. Have developed a plan to run a consultation and then design a project using Shifting Normal
Who's this programme for?
This programme is for anyone with a leadership role (board, trust, project team members) within a community organisation that is taking action on climate change.