Applications are currently open for Community Organising training with Citizens UK, a King's charity partner that works to empower communities suffering from injustices and help them take action on the issues impacting them.
The training is designed specifically with King's in mind, exploring how you can utilise institutional power to influence positive change in your communities. Citizens UK present the concepts and tools of community organising so you can learn how to become changemakers and take action on the issues that matter most to you.
What is community organising?
Citizen's UK describe community organising as being "for people who are angry with the ways things are and want to do something about it". Their training explores community leadership skills, such as storytelling, strategy, action-planning and negotiation to teach people "how to listen, form a team, relate to people in power and hold decision makers to account". Check out their website and YouTube channel for more information.
Last year the course was delivered online with interactive elements and left students “with an amazing understanding of the true superpower of storytelling, enabling you to tell them in the most efficient and impactful way” according to Eric Cui, a current student and one of the members of student society King’s For Change.
By participating, you will have the opportunity to build connections with a range of people from across King's and Citizens UK, as well as build your own ideas and develop key transferrable skills in negotiation, problem solving and leadership.
After participating, you will receive a certificate and have the opportunity to participate in Community Organising Masterclasses throughout the summer, which will delve deeper into building power, campaigning and taking action.
“The Masterclasses are definitely the highlight of all the extracurricular activities I have participated in at King's. It does not just provide me with fantastic opportunities to listen to other like-minded people's stories, but also provide new perspectives and methodologies to inquire what kind of person I am and what kind of person I want to be.”– Lei Wang, King’s student and Community Organising Training participant
Applications are open until Monday 9 May, 10.00 (BST) and you can register your interest online here: https://forms.office.com/r/pwYifHaVPA
This year, the training will again take place online and you can apply to attend on one of the following dates:
• Wednesday 1 June, 10.00-12.30 (BST)
• Wednesday 22 June, 15.00-17.30 (BST)
No prior knowledge of Community Organising is necessary, but you should have an interest in learning more about the principles of Community Organising and a desire to create positive change in the world.