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.

Foundations of Community Organising Training - 2 Days

The foundations training program is an introduction to community organising. 

The curriculum includes: Intro to Community Organising | Public Pressures | Our stories | Power Dynamics | Relational meetings | Civil Society | The Organising Cycle | Action & Evaluation

Next trainings:

Foundations Training (2 Days) Saturday May 25th & Saturday June 1st, 9am-2:30pm
Hosted at Jesmond Park Uniting Church Community Hall

Foundations Training (2 Days) Thursday 6th & Friday 7th June 

Cost: Training is free for people who are members, employees and volunteers of Alliance member organisations. If your organisation is not a member, individuals can join as Friends of the HCA.
Organisations exploring membership should contact for more information. 

$250 for non-member organisations
$500 university, corporate & government.

National Advanced Community Organiser Training - 6 Days

The National Training (6-Day) is a residential program for people committed to understanding the craft of community organising - 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 participating civil society organisations that represent the diversity of our Alliances in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Aotearoa-New Zealand. 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.

Prerequisites for the National Training program:

The next National Training sessions in Australia & Aotearoa-New Zealand:

5-Day Training  - June 17th-21st North Auckland
$1200 AUD for partner organisations
$2200 AUD for non-partner organisations
Venue: Vaughn Park Spirituality Retreat, North Auckland
Contact  Noah Tuita, for more details.  

6-Day: Brisbane - August 4th-9th Brisbane, QLD

$1760 AUD for partner organisations
$2750 AUD for Non-partner organisations
Venue: Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre Ormiston, QLD  
Register here before Friday 19th July 2024

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

"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

"Incredible!"  Billie Mosman, Community Disability Alliance Hunter Board member

"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

"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 

"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

"Training has inspired me to reach higher and wider in my own patch" Rev Tracey Matthews, Glenrock Anglican Parish