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Brighton and Hove Citizens training

Brighton and Hove Citizens is running a free, two-day training course for anyone who wants to make a positive difference to their local communities.

Taking place on 14 and 15 February, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on both days at Bramber House Conference Centre, the course will teach you the practical skills of community leadership and enable you to make change happen in your local area. You will develop core community organising leadership skills such as 1-2-1 meetings, storytelling and power analysis as well as campaign strategy, action-planning and negotiation skills.

The training will be led by Brighton and Hove Citizens. This local organisation is part of Citizens UK, which empowers local communities to tackle issues through community organising. They have made 25 places available for Brighton & Hove residents including students and staff at the University.

The University is a founding member of Brighton and Hove Citizens along with a number of other local organisations. Helping to establish the Brighton Chapter of Citizens UK is one of the aims of Engage for Change, part of the University's strategic framework.

Last year, Brighton and Hove Citizens hosted listening events across the city, including on the University campus, to better understand the concerns of our community. Through speaking with local residents they identified key issues that they want to address, including mental health service provision for young people and homelessness in the city.

Brighton and Hove Citizens has already successfully campaigned for the reinstatement of much-needed accessible toilet facilities in Hove Cemetery North. They are now hoping to train more community leaders from the University community to help with future campaigns.

Saul Becker, Provost, commented: “This training course is a fantastic opportunity for colleagues to learn new skills that will lead to real benefits for our city and its residents. We are already seeing the difference community organising is making – and I encourage colleagues to take advantage of this great opportunity. This free training will help colleagues to become local leaders that are empowered to bring people together to make Brighton & Hove an even better place to live and work in.”

If you are interested in taking part please email community@sussex.ac.uk by Wednesday 29 January. You will need to attend both days and members of staff should seek permission from their line manager before registering.

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By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Friday, 24 January 2020

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