Community Organisers - Civil Society Innovation Network 23 Jan 2012

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Community Organisers - Civil Society Innovation Network 23 Jan 2012

  1. 1. 27/01/2012 Locality – our HistoryCommunity Organisers Two established networks of long term, independent community organisations. Over 100 years of history. Merged to form a new membership body with a common cause – over 400 members in England A movement based on localism, community assets, enterprise and social action We want local organisations to meet local needs today, Naomi Diamond, Locality and we want them to survive & thrive so they can meet local needs tomorrow. Through our network we help current and aspiring members to to be resilient, enterprising and cooperative. LGIU, 23rd January 2012 Community Organising – Locality - Our Work the Programme Start-ups • Cameron’s ‘Neighbourhood Army’ Networking & peer support Lobbying • 5000 Community Organisers trained Asset Transfer & asset management • Legacy body - ICO Enterprise • Turning around some of the most challenged Neighbourhood planning communities Energy, housing Collaboration • Sister programme to Community First Community Organising 1
  2. 2. 27/01/2012 Community Organising- the Roots Democracy cannot work without the units essential to its operation – families, congregations, labour unions, and organised collectives of citizens who act in public life for justice• 1880s Settlement movement, trades unions and the common good…..The organiser’s task is to connect those smaller units of civil-society power into collectives that• 1900s neighbourhood based social work have the ability to hold elective officials and corporations accountable……• 1940s Saul Alinsky (founder of community organising) – Rules We must create new instruments for public life based not on for Radicals, technology or science but on communal habits of the• 1960s Civil rights movement heart….By providing average citizens with a means of group action through which they can participate actively in the public• 1970s Organising for international development -Liberation democratic process, the new organisations that we need will theology and Paulo Freire (Brazilian educator) – Pedagogy of offer a more public and personal source for political participation than the media, focus groups, and attitude and the Oppressed – listening, dialogue, consciousness-raising opinion polls….Politics is an activity, It’s not a thing. “• 1980s Citizens UK – broad-based, urban, faith-based Edward T. Chambers “Roots for Radicals” 2004• 1990s ‘Root Solutions - Listening Matters’ - RE:generate approach – neighbourhood-based What do Organisers do? What will happen? •Organisers listen to people and encourage dialogue. They do not bring • 500 paid community organisers spend a year working and learning within any message or seek any specific outcome. Listening is the key. a community - listening and building powerful networks which lead to action using ‘Root Solutions - Listening Matters’ •They listen to hundreds of people – one 2 one and then in groups. They • Each community organiser recruits along the way at least 10 voluntary are looking for the ‘generative themes’ that motivate people to act. They (‘mid-level’ organisers who also listen. Some go on to run their own organise action around these themes. campaign, project or businesses to address problems which have been articulated widely in the community. Thousands of people are listened to •Actions may aim to change the powerful or to create a DIY response, or and hundreds commit to taking action for the benefit of their community. both. Actions emerge from analysing power and identifying where change • At the end of the year some communities have powerful networks which can come from. Actions may be entirely new solutions or may build on continue to develop and grow on their own. Many areas will seek ways to existing work. The goal is an intelligent shift of power to citizens & continue the work of developing networks and taking action. communities. 2
  3. 3. 27/01/2012 Training Community Organisers Hosting Community Organisers• Training ‘on the job’ • COs need ‘a place to be’. Hosts will be locally rooted organisations who are interested in transformation and are• 500 training bursaries (£20k covers salary, expenses and not afraid of challenge. Hosts provide support and help deeper training) organisers to hit the ground running• Foundation training in ‘Root Solutions - Listening Matters’ by • 11 Kickstarters – places/orgs identified for the bid to provide RE:generate range and get started quickly• Guided actions, mentoring, peer learning, e-networks, annual • 100-200 hosts over the lifetime of the programme – diverse action camp – accredited by OCN locations and types of host. Recruitment ongoing with a new• Choice of deeper learning in 2nd half of year group of hosts every 3 months• Learning is cascaded to voluntary community activists through • Started recruiting in July. Over 200 applications. the process Timescales Where are we now?• Feb-April: Development• September: kickstarter training begins • 11 kickstarter hosts and a second tranche of 12 host areas• Oct 2012: training cascaded to further hosts, have recruited between 2 and 5 trainee community organisers rolling programme to March 2015. each. The 1st cohort of 45 organisers had their initial training in Sept and the 2nd in Dec and have got started on the ground• ICO Year of Trading / handover (Apr 14-Mar • 12 further host areas had their induction in Jan and are 15) recruiting their organisers to train in March• Closure (Mar-Jun 15) – ICO operating • Next selection of hosts end February independently 3
  4. 4. 27/01/2012 Hosts Hosts 3RD TRANCHE Commonside CDT, East MitchamKICKSTARTERS 2ND TRANCHEBarton Hill, Bristol Cricklewood Homeless Concern, West London Selby Trust, TottenhamBirmingham Settlement Centre for Equality & Diversity, Dudley Foresight, East Marsh, GrimsbyCambridge House, South London Saffron Lane N’hood Council, Leicester Gloucestershire Rural Community CouncilCommunity Links, East London Re:generate Bath & NE Somerset Island Community Action, Portland, DorsetGoodwin Trust, Hull RISE/West Itchen Community Trust, Jobs Education and Training, DerbyKeystone Development Trust, Eastern Southampton Peterborough Citizens Advice Bureau Counties ETEC Development Trust, Sunderland Portchester Community Association, HampshireKirkgate Arts, Cumbria Voluntary Action Melton, Leicestershire Riverside Community Resource Trust, Gravesham,Manchester Met University Granby Toxteth DT, LiverpoolMarsh Farm Outreach, Luton North Kent Somers Town Comm Assoc, LondonPenwith CDT, Cornwall Sefton Council for Voluntary Service, Merseyside Bradford 5 Development TrustsSt Peter’s Partnerships, Tameside Sneinton Alchemy, Nottingham High Green DT, Sheffield The Broughton Trust, Salford Keep Informed our first community organisers • www.cocollaborative.org.uk/ • www.locality.org.uk/communityorganisers/ • Tweets from @corganisers using the hashtags #communityorganisers. • Programme manager’s blog at http://jesssteele.wordpress.com/. 4

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