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Locality seeks hosts to train community organisers

10 Aug 2011 - 10:26 by michelle.foster

Locality, the national network for communities ambitious for change, is coordinating a new OCS funded nationwide programme of community organising. This three-year programme will provide 500 training placements across England for individuals wanting to gain experience and Open College Network qualifications in Community Organising and at the same time will create a new home-grown movement of community organising for the 21st century, grown directly from the strengths, concerns and hopes of communities across the country.

Locality are looking for local organisations to recruit, host and support trainee community organisers.

To be a host organisation you must care deeply about your community, be locally rooted and inspired by the potential of community organising. Locality are looking for between 100-200 hosts across England between 2011 and 2014 and plan to recruit hosts in tranches of 10, with the last tranche joining in September 2014.

Each host will recruit between two and five community organisers from their local community.

Hosts will offer advice, support and guidance and the benefit of their local knowledge throughout the training year. Hosts and trainee organisers will be supported by Locality to develop ways to sustain the work beyond the training year.

Hosts must be locally controlled and independent but you can be a community, voluntary, educational or private sector organisation.

Hosts should have:
• Experience of people management
• Someone able to offer the community organisers advice and support
• Office space for the community organisers including use of IT facilities
• Knowledge of and connections to the local area
• HR procedures, governing documents and a bank account

For further information and to apply, visit: http://locality.org.uk/projects/community-organisers/host-organisation/

Deadline: Friday 19 August 2011

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