Our consultancy and support programme for networks, membership bodies and social movements is a 6-9 month programme that provides tailored expert support as well as reflective learning sessions to explore how to embed the principles and practice of community organising.
The programme explores how community organising:
- can amplify the voices of marginalised communities by centring the experiences and perspectives of those directly affected by social injustice to foster a sense of ownership and agency among community members, leading to sustained engagement and long-term commitment.
- fosters solidarity and unity to forge strong bonds among community members who share common concerns and goals to build collective power enabling the exertion of significant pressure on decision-makers and institutions that can lead to meaningful policy changes and social change.
- facilitates the nurturing of local leadership by providing opportunities for individuals to develop skills, assume leadership roles, and engage in grassroots activism to enable new leaders to emerge and therefore strengthening and promoting a more diverse and representative leadership that can better address the complex challenges faced by communities.
Membership organisation supporting independent living
KeyRing is a national charity providing support in the community to nearly 1000 adults with a range of support needs. Their ethos is to support full inclusion and independence for their members, enabling them to take control and responsibility for their lives and achieve their full potential.
KeyRing already had already started the process of exploring how a strengths or asset based approach to their work could change the way their organisation worked.However, wanting to add further value to this work the Community Organisers team were invited in by the Chief Executive and Board at Keyring to introduce the tools ofcommunity organising to enable members to tackle the issues facing them and show community leadership.
The work started with training over 100 of the Organisation’s staff to introduce the practice and principles of community organising. Staff were drawn from across the acrossorganisation and ranged from the Executive and Senior Management to front line workers. As the training was delivered a group of enthusiastic staff champions emerged,keen to introduce community organising to the members.
In October 2019, working with the staff team at Keyring, we ran the first training with the Charity’s members. Adaptations to our Introduction to community organising coursewere made to accommodate various disabilities.
Following this session we ran a co-design session for a group of champions – a mixed group of members and staff keen to bring community organising to all KeyRing members.The session was designed to review what community organising means to KeyRing, try out some training exercises and design some new ones which will fit with KeyRing’s wayof working.
We are now leading a piece of mentoring work with Keyring’s Senior Management, Staff and Members to implement the learning from the training that has been delivered.Across 6 regions we are co-designing a support programme to embed the learning and support Staff and Members working together to develop and deliver local action plansthat will inform the national strategy for Keyring.