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.

The 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: Listening, Research, Planning

  • The Organising Cycle Part 2: Power Analysis and Mapping

  • Action & Evaluation

Community Organising Foundations

Our next Foundations training program is in Toronto in July.

We aim to move training to host locations around the Hunter, and can deliver an online version if there is demand. Please contact us if you are interested but cannot make these scheduled dates.

Dates: July 14-15, 2022
Times: 9am-4.30pm.
Location: Toronto
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.


Alumni

Just some of the notable change-makers who have trained in then led this training program include:

  • Mike Gecan, IAF Co-Director, author

  • Amanda Tattersall, Sydney Alliance, GetUp, Sydney Policy Lab

  • Barak Obama (YES, that's right!), former POTUS and IAF Organiser in Chicago

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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"Incredible!"

  • 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