23 February 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Training for Activist Trainers


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4pm Thursday 27th to 5pm Sunday 30th April at Save the Children office, 33 Lincoln Square South, Carlton. Register here by the 12th of April. 

Plan to Win is offering an intensive 3.5 day train-the-trainer workshop for people keen to facilitate and educate in social movement contexts.

The workshop will focus on developing skills to run effective and engaging activist training sessions. It’s open to people who have experience both as activists (campaigners, organisers, community advocates, and all the many and varied kinds of activism) and with group process (facilitating meetings, decision making, training, team-building etc).

In this workshop, you will:

  • Explore techniques that help you build trust in a group, create an inclusive learning environment, and teach or facilitate your material in fresh, engaging ways.
  • Learn ways to handle key challenges, such as working with power dynamics and diversity in groups, handling ‘difficult’ participants, and how to adjust your plans mid-workshop when required.
  • Gain tools, principles and practice of effective training and facilitation that you can apply directly to the work you do.

About the trainers

This workshop will be run by Karrina Nolan (campaign strategist and community facilitator), Nico Amador (Training for Change – USA), and Holly Hammond (Plan to Win and Plan to Thrive).

Karrina Nolan
KarrinaNolanKarrina Nolan is of mixed heritage from Yorta Yorta nation in Victoria. She is fresh back from 2 months learning from First Nations people in North America. She’s worked as an organiser, campaigner, facilitator, lobbyist and hip hop wrangler alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, young people and communities for 20 years. Right now she’s Seed’s Strategist and Community Facilitator, Borroloola’s biggest fan (not so of fracking though in the NT), and Wangan and Jagalingou’s back up guy. She’s about to be a part time film producer creating a video message stick to build power among communities protecting country. And she is a singer with the Mission Songs project rejuvenating songs not heard in over 60 years from the mission days

Nico Amador
Nico AmadorNico’s involvement in social justice work stems from a deep passion for racial justice and a motivation to support transformation and empowerment in people of color, queer, and trans communities.  He got his start as an organizer working with students to respond to racial profiling, increased militarism, incarceration and detention of immigrants, and policies like the USA Patriot Act in the aftermath of 9/11.  For two years, he was also a Grassroots Organizing Weekend (GROW) trainer with the United States Student Association and led week-long retreats for youth as part of the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Nonviolent Youth Collective

As part of Training for Change, Nico has led workshops in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Latin America. In 2014 he was honored by the Peace and Justice Studies Association as, “Peace Educator of the Year: For Excellence in Scholarship and Dedication to Peace Education.”

Nico’s local organizing work has included participation in grassroots efforts for prison abolition, urban farming, and keeping casinos out of residential neighborhoods.  From 2010-2013 he also led a direct action campaign that successfully changed a policy that was causing harassment of transgender riders on Philadelphia’s public transportation system.

Holly Hammond
HH_mugshotHolly Hammond is the director of Plan to Win, a Melbourne-based project to assist individuals, groups and campaigns to develop the skills and clarity required to win change in the world. Through Plan to Win Holly offers facilitation, training and mentoring, covering topics including campaign strategy, community organising, building strong groups, and sustaining action. She is also founder and co-convenor of Plan to Thrive and Melbourne Campaigners’ Network.

Holly has been facilitating groups since she first became politically active at high school in the early 1990s. She has experience of activism in a number of social movements, including youth rights, women’s liberation, sex industry law reform, labour rights, peace and environmentalism. She has been employed in a diverse range of community based organisations in advocacy, publications, organising, policy, management and community development roles. She is passionate about planning, developing coalitions, ending oppression, building community and assisting activists to lead balanced and rewarding lives.

What past participants say

Participants in a Training for Trainers Nico ran in the UK said:

“The course has quite literally changed my life: I don’t just feel like a better, stronger, more skilled, and more aware facilitator, but a better, stronger, more skilled and more aware friend, colleague, human being. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

“It was an amazing experience! I learned so much about myself, especially how to to value myself. Above all I learnt how to create spaces where we can really push ourselves and those we train beyond our boundaries.”

And here’s feedback on the Training for Activist Trainers Karrina and Holly ran last year:

“Thank you for the great training weekend. I really enjoyed it, I learned loads, and was totally impressed (though not surprised) at the insight, wit and general excellence you both brought to the training. I can’t wait to put what I learned to use.”

“I have spent years training and facilitating and been involved in many trainers’ courses but this has been the most engaging and interactive.”

“Your preparation and skill in responding to the group and keeping everything so organic was inspiring. I learnt so much from watching you guys.”

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Timing and Location

The workshop will be held over Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th April:

  • 4pm – 7:30pm Thursday evening followed by an optional dinner;
  • 9am – 7pm Friday;
  • 9am – 7pm Saturday;
  • 9am – 5pm Sunday.

The workshop will be held at the Save the Children office in 33 Lincoln Square South, Carlton. The office is very close to the city and is easily accessible by public transport. If you are travelling from interstate, please ensure you have enough time to be able to attend for the whole time.

Fees and Inclusions

Fees are on a sliding scale of $400-$1200 per person for the full workshop ie $400 for low income individuals and participants from unfunded organisations; $800 for average waged individuals and participants from medium sized organisations; $1200 for well waged individuals and participants from larger organisations with a solid financial base. Please self-assess where you fit on this scale, considering your means, privilege and dependents, and factoring in what you would normally expect to pay for a multi-day training.

Pay the Rent: Free places in this workshop are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

If money is a barrier to you participating please let us know in the application survey and we will contact you to discuss. Sponsorship is also appreciated to make reduced fees possible.

Lunch and morning and afternoon tea are included and we will cater for the range of special food needs. Please state your dietary requirements in the registration form. There will be an optional dinner (cost not included in the registration fees) on the Thursday evening to meet other participants.

A collection of training resources and further reading will be provided.

Register

Please complete this survey to register by Wednesday 12 April. No payment at this stage, we’ll issue an invoice when we confirm your registration. If you have any queries about the workshop contact the event organiser, Ngaire Sidhu on 0424617359 or Ngaire.Sidhu @ gmail.com.

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