Online Community Organising

Training Programme

Connect with people across the world online to learn how to organise communities for sustainable change using tools for online collaboration.

Thursdays 1-4pm (GMT)

Jan 14th- April 8th 2021

12+1 x 3hr highly participatory Zoom sessions 

 Certa (UK) Quality Assured Training

Why now? Why online?

There is  so much chaos in the world, a lot of disconnection, the conventional ways of working have gone out the window and the need to push for change and maintain strong connections remain.

Meanwhile, people are now expected to connect online and support people inn the communities they work in, but they lack the experience and tools to work in this new norm of virtual settings.

Community Roots CIC (Gloucestershire- UK) has partnered up with Inside Hub (Cali- Colombia, TelAviv- Israel) and Community CoLab (Bristol UK)  with the support of Stroud District Council and Community Organisers to create this online offer  which will provide you the tools you need to organise for change online and face to face.

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What is Community Organising?

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.

What's the structure of the program?

This program includes a series of introductory and advanced 1 day workshops design by Community Organisers and translated into 4 Units of 3 sessions each lasting 3 hrs for a total of 12 online sessions Community Organising training sessions + 1 Technological welcome session by Inside Hub/ Community CoLab which include:


This training is accredited, and you will receive an e-certificate for each unit, providing you attend all the sessions in each unit

This program brings together networks of people passionate for community change and grassroots action in the UK, Latin America and Europe so you will get a change to meet, connect, learn and reflect with people from different parts of the world with broad experiences.

On the side of the sessions we will organise  Action Learning Sets (Peer coaching sessions) where you will have the opportunity to share real challenges from your practice (paid or voluntary) 

There is no baseline knowledge requirement (except basic English, both verbal and written).


If you have already attended the Introduction to Community Organising you don’t need to repeat it, you can join the program from Listening Skills in Community Organising


You will need to  join us on Jan 14th for a whole program check in and tech introduction (Zoom, Miro Boards, Google Suite) unless you are a wiz on those platforms already. 

Training in Community Organising Online

Who is this training for?

This training is designed for:

Community organisations, its leaders and workers, council workers, councillors, young people, youth workers, community engagement workers, activists, community artists, community organisers,  members of the community and anybody anywhere in the world (with moderate spoken and written english) passionate about creating sustainable change in communities.

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Beyond connecting with people's realities from across the world and practicing the use of online tools for collaboration...

​You will learn about:

  • what community organising is

  • the importance of listening to build relationships and explore issues

  • power in communities and why it matters

  • what motivates people to act

  • how to take your next steps in community organising

  • ‘relational’ listening and its importance in community organising

  • how to plan a listening campaign to kick-start your organising work

  • practical listening tools you can use to engage people, build relationships and find leaders

  • how asking powerful questions helps people to tell their stories

  • how community organisers reflect to improve their work

You will explore:​

  • your personal power and ability to act

  • how power is exercised in society

  • what it means to organise for change

  • how to begin to pinpoint the causes of social injustice

  • how to build power with others through community organising

  • what motivates people to take action in their community

  • the purpose of action in community organising and different approaches

  • developing a strategy for action

  • developing a power map

  • facilitating and leading collective action

  • reflecting on action

whats the commitment?

When you register to this program you will be committing to:

  • 39 hrs online workshops (all of which you must attend)

  • Practicing Community Organising in your own time between sessions

  • Taking home reflective and practical homework of up to 15 hrs total

  • Preparing for (watching how to videos + completing an assessment task) and attending our Tech Introduction (for Zoom & Miro Boards) where you will learn and practice how to use these online platforms for collaboration

  • Making sure you practice in your own time the use of Miro Boards

  • Reading emails with homework instructions between sessions

dates & cost


All sessions will take place on Tuesdays 1-4pm

Program welcome and Tech Intro:

January 14th

Intro To Community Organising:

January 21st, 28th & February 4th


Listening Skills For Community Organisers:
February 11th, 18th & 25th


Building Power Through Community Organising:
March 4th, 11th & 18th

Action For Change Through Community Organising:
March 25th, April 1st & 8th


According to need or privilege

  • FREE for Stroud District Council Residents 

  • £70 Concession (You are living in the UK experiencing economical hardship and are committed to the full programme) This only covers the cost of issuing the 4 certificates

  • £220 Early Bird/ Discounted price-  ( Must register and pay before December 18th, 2020)

  • £280 Full Fee - for financially stable participants (you fully cover your cost including 4 E- certificates)

  • £450  Full Fee+ (You are in a comfortable economical situation and happy to cover your cost and support others with less financial stability to join this training)

If you are experiencing economical hardship in the UK and the concession price is still to much for you, please get in touch so we can do our best to help you be able to participate.

35% of the income generated will be to fund community projects in Gloucestershire via Community Roots CIC.

At the end of this program (open to participants worldwide) you will be issued 4  Certa E- certificates ( Intro to Community Organising, Listening for Community Organisers, Building Power Through Community Organising and Action for Change Through Community Organising 

registration Process 

To register you will need to follow this link or click on any of the SIGN UP NOW buttons which will take you to a Google Form where you will need to respond to and submit our questionnaire.

Following this you will receive an email with a further equalities form to fill in and payment instructions.

Your space will only be reserved once you have processed your full payment and sent a receipt of payment to

 refunds policy

If for any reason you need to cancel your registration after having made a payment, we will refund:

  • 90%  if you cancel on or before the 18th of December 2020

  • 50% If you cancel on or before January 1st, 2021

  • No refunds after the 1st of Jan (though you can find someone else to take over your space)


Jose Barco​

Whats App: +(44)7739395011


Debra Baker

Gloucestershire, UK

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Debs is  director  and  community organiser  of Community Roots CIC, with a background is in the Creative Sector with experience in business management.


Over the last 20 years she has been involved with supporting many communities of interest.


More recently Deb has been involved in community art initiatives, supporting people to improve mental well-being through creativity and has trained as a community organiser.

Luke Burrows

Gloucestershire, UK

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Luke joined Community Roots CIC as a trainee in May 2018 and has gone on to complete the Level 3 Community Organising Qualification as well as all of the 1-day workshops.


Luke brings experience from mentoring young people, social media and website support and setting up various entrepreneurial ventures.

Jose Barco

Colombia/ UK

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 Social entrepreneur,  certified community organiser/ trainer, designer and host of processes of organisational transformation, learning and knowledge management online and presential.


Co-founder of Community Organisers UK, INSIDE HUB, The Bristol Social Action Hub, Community CoLab y WATI Collective.


José trains and supports leaders, facilitators, trainers and organisers in Europe and Latino- America  since 2012 

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