Community Organising Training

Hunter Community Alliance develops community leaders and strengthens the organisations they are involved in. Community Organiser Training is an opportunity for those leaders, and future leaders, to develop their skills in community organising and to meet and build relationships with other local leaders.

The training is based on the successful model of the Industrial Areas Foundation, established in Chicago in the 1940s by church and union leaders, and refined and localised over time for the Australian context.

Community Organising Foundations

Our next Foundations training program is in April 2022. The first program will run in-person in Newcastle, or possibly North Lake Macquarie area.

Program One

Dates: Thurs 7 and Friday 8, April 2022
Times: 9am-5pm.

Program Two -- dependent on numbers

Dates: Sat 23 and Saturday 30, April 2022
Times: 9am-3.30pm.

Cost: Training is free for people who are members, employees and volunteers of Alliance member organisations. If your organisation is not a member, please contact us so we can discuss appropriate costs for your participation: HCA works on a means-based pricing system.

The general curriculum

  • Intro to Community Organising, Public Pressures & Our stories

  • Power Dynamics: Power With and Power Over

  • Relational meetings

  • Civil Society

  • The Organising Cycle Part 1

  • The Organising Cycle Part 2

  • Action & Evaluation

National 6-Day Training

The National Training (6-Day) is a program is a deep-dive for people committed to the craft of community organising, and who want to play a key role in leading the activities of the Alliance inside their organisation and acting as a bridge between our member organisations.

The residential course builds a close community of leaders across civil society organisations that represent the diversity of our Alliances in the Hunter, Sydney and Queensland. This training is also open to those seeding new Alliances across Australia.

Leaders are equipped with the tools they need to be more strategic and effective and to build and strengthen their organisations in the process. The course focuses on power, organisations, relationships and leadership.

Details for the next program:

  • Date: February 20 to 25, 2022.

  • Location: Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, 267 Wellington St, Ormiston, QLD, 4160

  • Cost: for Partner Organisations: circa $1,600 (+GST).

  • Cost: Non-Partner Organisations: $2,500 (+GST).

Prerequisites for the National Training program:

  1. Complete Community Organising Foundations Training

  2. Endorsed by a partner organisation

*Cost includes accommodation, meals, and training costs.

Contact us to make an expression of interest if you would like to register for or learn more about this program.

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Community Leaders Endorse the Training

"It can be daunting to know where to start when you seek to address injustice. The Hunter Community Alliance Foundations Training provided a discipline and framework in which to take action."

  • Brad Webb, NSW Council for Social Services and Committee for the Hunter

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"I thought the training was very well organised -- goals were clear, we knew where we were going, and we were enabled to participate. Our training was on Zoom and I thought it was the best use of Zoom that I have seen. Making links with others who also had a passion for their local communities, and who come from diverse backgrounds was invaluable."

  • Bishop Sonia Roulston, Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

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  • Billie Mosman, Community Disability Alliance Hunter Board member

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"The best community organising training I've done in 30 years as a advocate and campaigner."

    • Jacqui Svensen, lawyer, writer, convenor of Newcastle Climate Change Response

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"What a wonderful training for community organisers across diverse sectors of society. It was so full of heart and fire for social justice!"

  • Nissa Phillips, Hunter Homeless Connect

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"Excellent, very well organized and efficient training to assist anyone who want to be involved with community organizing. Highly recommended!"

  • Jo Tonkin, Baha'i Spiritual Assembly of Newcastle and the Hunter

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"Training has inspired me to reach higher and wider in my own patch"

  • Rev Tracey Matthews, Glenrock Anglican Parish