Community Organisers is a national training programme in community organising that focuses on building relationships and mobilising people in communities. We encourage communities to take action that makes a positive difference.
Community Organisers listen to the concerns of their community and help them to take action on the issues that matter and create positive change.
The programme target is to recruit and train 500 Community Organisers and 4,500 Volunteer Community Organisers from 2011 – 2015. Community Organisers receive the living wage while they train and are supported into community-related employment.
Since September 2011, we’re really proud to have:
- Recruited over 540 Community Organisers
- Supported over 4,000 Volunteer Community Organisers
- Supported over 1,500 community projects.
The programme is funded by the Office for Civil Society in the Cabinet Office (OCS) and run by Locality, the UK’s network for community-led organisations, with RE:generate as the lead training partner.
In the summer of 2015, the programme in its current form will come to an end and Community Organisers Ltd (CoCo) will take forward the legacy of the Community Organisers programme as an independent body supporting the community organising movement.
CoCo aims to:
- provide membership services, such as a help desk, regular communications and brokering employment opportunities for Organisers
- support the Senior Organisers (those that have completed their training year and are continuing the work of community organising) by providing training and mentoring
- raise the profile of community organising in the United Kingdom
- train the next generations of Organisers.
When Community Organisers complete their training they are eligible for an employment support grant to enable them to continue into a second year of organising. Find out more about employing an organiser here.