Training

As the union grows and as we become more ambitious in the fights we take on, we also need to build our confidence with organising, member defence, communications to support our branches’ activities and campaigns.
Supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Living Rent has developped this training program to support tenants and residents to hone their skills to continue
their struggles for better housing across Scotland. Thorough planning and strategising, good organisation, effective member defence and clear communications all take practice, more practice and more practice. Come do this and learn with fellow union members!

Sessions are open to all, with a focus on supporting Living Rent’s members to feel empowered to take up action in their branches and teams.
Training sessions cover member defence (resisting evictions, doing member defence in social and public housing), organisational skills (chairing, understanding
Living Rent), campaigning skills (selecting an issue, power mapping and planning a direct action), communication skills (writing, speaking up, producing graphics and videos) and offer some political education regarding the context of housing politics in Scotland and the trends that threaten neighbourhoods. throughout Scotland.

Here is the program! .

Each session is independent and geared towards specific skills - you can come to one or to all of them. This is the first time that Living Rent has developped such a union-wide training: we are learning by doing with the aim to adapt these sessions to branch specific campaigns and to another union-wide training programme in 2021 based on feedback on this first attempt. Each session is between ninety minutes and two hours long with a break included. They take place on Zoom, an online conference tool.
Please register for each session on the
Living Rent website (see each session in the training section) or through the facebook events.  If you have any question around registration, the content, how to access these trainings, how to run a branch-specific one or want to be involved in planning a session, contact Emma Saunders at emma.saunders@livingrent.org

In the last year, the union has seen members building their branches, selecting their quick hits and longer-term campaigns, creating their member defence teams and drafting demands to change the politics of housing in Scotland, this training programme seeks to learn from these efforts and support all members to become active in their branches and in their union.

  • Member defence: Resisting an eviction 1

    In the midst of this pandemic, landlords in private and social housing were still pressuring tenants to move out, legally and illegally. In Living Rent, we campaigned for and won Scotland’s first winter eviction ban, in place until at least the 31st of March. However, the temporary eviction ban just postpones evictions and landlords are still attempting to evict tenants illegally. This two-part training prepares members to defend each other against evictions.

    In this training, you will learn about the history of resistance in Scotland and the current eviction process from an early threat to a physical eviction.

    Come to the meeting a few minutes early, so we can start sharp!

    Sign up below to receive the zoom link (check your spam)

    This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation.

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  • Communications: Writing a letter

    This session will look at how to write effective and professional letters, whether regarding a member defence case, a collective campaign demand or a response to a public official. Whilst it may feel daunting and abstract when you are starting to write and wonder how to represent the union, this session will provide you with practical steps and guidance, as well as plenty of examples to write effective letters to decision-makers and make sure everyone in your branch feels confident when doing so!

    Come to the meeting a few minutes early, so we can start sharp!

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    This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation.

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  • Organisational Skills: Peparing a meeting

    The session will support you feeling confident in preparing meetings that are focused, well-timed, fun and that grow your branches. This training is aimed at current/ future chairs of Living Rent to hone their skills, as well as to all members, rookies or not, interested in building confidence with preparing meetings and agendas.

    Come to the meeting a few minutes early, so we can start sharp!

    This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation.

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  • Member Defence: Resisting an eviction 2

    Following the first session on eviction, in this training, you will learn how to practically plan for and resist an eviction, using direct collective action, with fellow members.

    Come to the meeting a few minutes early, so we can start sharp!

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    This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation.

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  • Communications: Writing social media posts

    This session will look at how to write effective and snappy facebook posts, newsletter paragraphes or website posts. This training will be great for current/ future communications officers of Living Rent to hone their skills, as well as to all members, interested in improving their writing skills. During the training, you will practise writing a facebook post and a paragraph for the newsletter paraphrasing and thinking through how to make your text engaging, clear and accessible. 

    Come to the meeting a few minutes early, so we can start sharp!

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    This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation.

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  • At the end of the fifties, Scotland had the greatest amount of public housing stock in Western Europe. And yet, the council and social housing (e.g. Housing Associations) combined now represent just 23% of all tenures, following a period of twenty five years when not a single council housing was built. 

    This session will review the key moments in that transformation: the stigmatisation and decline of public housing, the rise of social housing, right-to-buy and stock transfer policies. As a union, our vision of safe, secure, and genuinely public and not-for-profit housing for all is a direct challenge to the housing system that has emerged from these moments. By understanding the forces shaping Scotland’s social and public housing landscape, we can start to build effective campaigns able to change policy at a national level.

    Come to the meeting a few minutes early, so we can start sharp!

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    This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation.

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  • Member defence: Fighting in housing associations and council housing

    • Friday, February 26, 2021 at 05:00 PM
    • Online, Zoom

    Registered social landlords are unrepentantly pursuing tenants for rent, refusing to carry out repairs and raising the rent year after year. Councils and housing associations ignore, delay and undermine their tenants, in the face of this, how can tenants win better housing?

    In this training, you will learn to work through three common issues that tenants in social and public housing face and how to fight back and win improvements to your and your neighbours' housing with the support of other members.

    Come to the meeting a few minutes early, so we can start sharp!

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    This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation.

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  • Communications: Speaking to the press and to the wider public

    • Monday, March 01, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    • Online, zoom

    During an action, following in a journalist request or just preparing a speech can feel overwhelming. Come to this training to practice how to speak to journalists and to a group, by preparing your communications and by getting tips from each other. This training aims to build each other’s confidence so more and more members can feel able to speak up and as such to ensure that our voices, experiences and needs are heard.

    Come to the meeting a few minutes early, so we can start sharp!

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    This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation.

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  • Organisational Skills: Facilitating a meeting

    The session will support you feeling confident in chairing meetings and navigating effective decision-making as well as potential disagreements in your meetings.

    This training is aimed at current/ future chairs of Living Rent, as well as to all members, interested in building confidence with chairing. We will look at different facilitation techniques and hands-on practice!

    Come to the meeting a few minutes early, so we can start sharp!

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    This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation.

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  • Communications: Storytelling for Living Rent

    When the history of the left can feel like an uphill battle with not enough victories, it’s crucial that we learn to celebrate successes (and reflect on what could be improved!). One of the most effective ways to do this is to ‘story-tell’ our victories, showing that we can and do win!

    This training aims to provide an introduction to storytelling and to the victories that Living Rent members have achieved just last year, for all members of the union and anyone else interested in seeing how to use storytelling to support their organising.

    Come to the meeting a few minutes early, so we can start sharp!

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    This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation.

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