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Community Organisers is a national training programme in community organising that focuses on building relationships and mobilising people in communities. It encourages 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 has exceeded its target recruit 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.

The future

In the summer of 2015, the programme in its current form came to an end. Community Organisers Ltd (CoLtd) will take forward the legacy of the Community Organisers programme as an independent body supporting the community organising movement.

CoLtd is managing a new grant fund to support Community Organisers and their communities – find out about the mobilisation fund.

CoLtd 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.

Tens-of-thousands mobilised

Since the programme started in September 2011, Community Organisers have put in more than 500,000 hours and have mobilised more than 21,000 people to take action on the things that matter most in their community.

Since September 2011 we’re really proud to have:

  • Recruited over 540 Community Organisers
  • Supported over 5,000 Volunteer Community Organisers
  • Supported over 1,500 community projects.

Read more about the amazing work of the Organisers, Volunteers, Hosts and Employers in the tens-of-thousands mobilised news story.

Read about some of the work going on in neighbourhood around the country in the stories section of the Community Organisers website – or watch our short film:

Take a look at some of our Community Organisers in Deal, Kent and West Hendon, London.

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