9am-5pm, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 February 2018 in Carlton, Victoria.

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Participants at the 2016 Training for Activist Trainers.

A thorough grounding in training skills in a social movement context with a particular focus on tools and activities to help volunteer action groups really power.

Teams of grassroots activists are crucial to scaling up people power and having impact in key campaigns. These groups flourish when they have a strong sense of purpose, healthy cultures and communication, and the skills to act effectively. Trainers and facilitators can make a huge difference to the power of groups.

The workshop will include:

  • How to run engaging short training workshops
  • Key elements of effective action groups
  • A range of tools and sample curriculum for action groups
  • Principles of workshop design
  • Opportunities to practice both training design and delivery

As part of the training participants will develop short workshops focused on key needs in action groups. You’ll leave the weekend with new workshop plans and resources to try out in your groups and campaigns.

This workshop is a great fit for you if:

  • You play a role supporting volunteer action groups (eg as an organiser or campaigner)
  • You convene, lead or are actively involved in an action group
  • You provide training or facilitation in social movement contexts, or you’d like to


Dates: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 February 2018
Time: 9am-5pm
Venue: Save the Children
Address: 33 Lincoln Square South, Carlton, Victoria

About the presenters

This workshop is presented by Holly Hammond and India Prior. Holly is the director of Plan to Win and co-convenor of Plan to Thrive. Over the past twelve years she has provided training and facilitation services for many of Australia’s campaigning organisations. India Prior is an experienced organiser who has built and supervised volunteer teams, and led other organisers in their work with action groups. She has led multiple trainings to prepare volunteers for campaign activities. Find out more about Holly and India.

Feedback on past PTW train-the-trainer workshops

  • “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.”
  • “It has been the most inspirational weekend. I feel more confident about going back and designing workshops and facilitating them.”
  • “What a wonderful experience! I feel like I’ve run trainings for years without these tools but now I’m much better equipped to train confidently.”

Fees and Inclusions

Fees are on a sliding scale of $250-$750 per person for the full workshop ie $250 for low income individuals and participants from unfunded organisations; $500 for average waged individuals and participants from medium sized organisations; $750 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 two 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.

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


Please complete this survey to register by Friday 9 February 2018 (workshop runs on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February). Earlier registration is encouraged, we will confirm your place in the workshop as soon as possible. No payment at this stage, we’ll issue an invoice when we confirm your registration.

If you have queries about this workshop contact India Prior: india (AT) plantowin.net.au

Thank you to Save the Children for providing the venue for this workshop.