22 October 2019

Co-production in Community Organising

KeyRing are working with Community Organisers. Sarah tells us about her experience of the training.



Sarah is part of KeyRing's communications team, she tells us:

This month I joined a group of KeyRing Members (people we support) for an introductory session of Community Organisers training. A series of sessions have already been run for KeyRing staff over the past year.

"Community organising is the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice. Community organisers reach out and listen, connect and motivate people to build their collective power. When people are organised, communities get heard and power begins to shift creating real change for good." www.corganisers.org.uk

The session is an introduction to the idea of Community Organising, and covered the definition of the term, and the ideas behind it – what it is and what it is not. We talked about who has power in a community. The session was run with a view to a group of staff and Members becoming co-trainers, who can then work together to train other Members in KeyRing.

As I’m not a member of operational staff I don’t often get to work directly with our Members, and this was partly why I wanted to take on this training. It was only by chance that I joined the Member’s session rather than the staff one but I really enjoyed the chance to get to know some Members I hadn’t met before and to feel like we’re coming at it from the same starting point.

Becoming co-trainers sits well with our values and feels ‘very KeyRing’. We practice co-production, involving our Members in their support and how the organisation is run (one of the Members taking part is also on our board of Trustees). Working with Members to deliver this training will be a great way to include them as equal partners in what we do and I look forward to seeing how the work will progress.

Our Train the Trainers sessions are being run on the 6th and 7th November so look out for some updates then.