Training

Living Rent’s training program: Fighting for the future

In 2020, Living Rent doubled in size with neighbourhood branches organising across Edinburgh and Glasgow and groups forming across Scotland. The year 2021 presents us with great challenges,  notably the combined impact of Brexit and the Covid pandemic on our communities, as well as significant opportunities to fight for the future we deserve and need, whether that be pushing for our demands in the Scottish elections or standing for a socially and environmentally ambitious transition at the COP26 in Glasgow. Supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Living Rent is organising training to support tenants and residents to hone their skills and understandings,  in order to best seize these opportunities.

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 groups. Training sessions cover introductions to Living Rent for all new members, organisational, campaigning and communications skills, member defence, and political education regarding the context of housing politics in Scotland with a focus on the history of social housing, the tenants’ movement in Scotland and community powers in Scotland. 

Each session is independent and geared towards specific skills - you can come to one or to all of them. We strongly encourage branch officers to come to sessions related to their roles. Thorough planning and strategising, good organisation, effective member defence and clear communications all take practice, more practice and more practice. Come learn with fellow union members!

Each session is between ninety minutes and two hours long with a break included and takes place on Zoom, an online conference tool. Please register for each session on the Living Rent website - links below.  If you have any questions around registration, the content, how to access these trainings or how to run a branch-specific one, contact Emma at [email protected]

  • Campaigning: Investigating the situation: Letting Agencies

    Our targets’ interests, financial position, or internal organisation can be quite opaque, hidden behind technical terms or not publicly accessible.

    This training session will look at how to ‘dig’ for more information, notably around Letting Agencies. This session is meant as an introduction to corporate research and investigation, both of which can help understand our targets and inform our campaign strategies.

    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.

  • Organisational skills: Recruiting members

    Our union is only as strong as its membership. That’s why each of our campaigns and activities also aim to recruit new members. This session aims to support all Living Rent members to feel confident with recruiting other members, and is especially aimed at membership officers responsible for recruitment in their branches. It will be very hands-on, come ready to role-play!

    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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  • With 75% of all dwellings in Scotland having some degree of disrepair, and  57% of homes below the EPC energy C rating, repairs and efficiency are two of Scottish tenants’ deepest concerns. Come learn about how to effectively pressure your landlord to adhere to the repairing and tolerable standards, and, as many repairs issues are shared by your neighbours, fight for better standards in your block.

    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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  • Introduction to Living Rent

    • Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 01:00 PM

    Member by member Living Rent is growing stronger. If you have recently joined, looking to get more involved or want to understand the unions history, vision and structure better come along to this training!
    This session covers:
    • An introduction to Living Rent
    • The structure: branches, teams and roles
    • Getting involved and next steps
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    We’ll start at 1pm sharp so come 5 minutes early and invite a friend/neighbour to come along :)
    Get to grips with the vision of Living Rent and be part of building one of the most exciting grassroots unions in Scotland.
    This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation.
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  • Organisational skills: Care and Power

    As we build our power, fight for the issues that we care about and make real what previously was seen as impossible, we can forget how to take care of ourselves and burn-out. Here, we will look at both individual self-care practices as well as collective ones, in order to build the long-term movement that we need to achieve the future we deserve.

    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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