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. 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.

Training sessions will focus on both strengthening skills to achieve our bread and butter work (member defence, organising) but also preparing ourselves to push the newly elected government around its housing commitments and standing for a socially and environmentally ambitious transition at the COP26 in Glasgow. 

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 with a focus on:

  • Tenants’ need for reforms in the social and private rented sector
  • Linking up housing and climate change, notably around energy efficiency and repairs
  • Land developments, understanding community land buyouts, planning regulations and the politics of land 

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 strategising, organising, 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. Some will take place on Zoom, an online conference tool and others locally, in person and outside. Most online sessions will take place on Monday evening, 6:30-8:00pm. Please register for each session on the Living Rent website - links below - and check whether it is online or in person.  If you have any question around registration, the content, how to access these trainings or how to run a branch-specific one, contact Emma at [email protected]

These trainings are supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung London Office.

  • Scottish politics 1.01

    Ever wondered how to get through the maze of politics and who decides what in Scotland? For instance, is it your MSP, MP or local councillor who is responsible for enforcing your rights as a tenant? And how to contact them effectively, so as to achieve your goals?

    Come to this session to examine the different layers of Scottish politics, understand who decides what and work together with practical examples to know at which layer of government and how to put forward your demands. This is especially important as the council elections are just around the corner and the government is suggesting ambitious reforms to the rented sector!

     

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  • Introduction to Living Rent

    Member by member Living Rent is growing stronger. If you have recently joined, looking to get more involved or want to understand the union's history, vision and structure better come along to this training!

    This session covers:

    • an introduction to Living Rent
    • the structure: branches, teams and roles
    • information around getting involved and next steps
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    We’ll start at 11am 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 programme supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation.
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  • Member defence: Member defence introduction

    • Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Zoom link: Join Zoom Meeting

     


    This session is for all members keen to understand member defence better and gain the confidence to take on their first member defence support and action. It will cover the process of member defence, from initial contact, to an assessment of the issues, as well as present the existing resources for all member defence officers. We will also cover a few stories of victory! 
     

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  • Member Defence: Strategy Planning and Letter Writing

    • Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    • In Person near Gorgie, exact location tbc

    Part two of four trainings on Living Rent Member Defence work. Open to all members in Edinburgh. 

    Meeting will take place in the Gorgie area of the city, exact location tbc and will be announced ahead of the training. 

    This session will cover:

    • How to effectively identify targets, allies and pick tactics
    • Use the strategy chart to plan a winning approach to Member Defence issues
    • The tools available and rules to follow when writing letters to landlords, councils, elected representatives

    When tenants are faced with disrepair, landlord malpractice, harassment and eviction, the best people to deal with it are tenants ourselves. Through Living Rent, tenants build the knowledge and experience to stand up for our right to safe, secure, affordable housing.

    Join this training to start the fightback.

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  • Member Defence: Negotiation

    • Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    • In person near Gorgie, exact location tbc

    This training session will take place in person in the Gorgie area of the city, with the exact location tbc closer to the time. It is open to all Edinburgh members. 

    This session will cover:

    • The importance of reaching a negotiation with the landlord or target
    • How to prepare for a negotiation
    • Negotiation tactics and winning an agreement

    When tenants are faced with disrepair, landlord malpractice, harassment and eviction, the best people to deal with it are tenants ourselves. Through Living Rent, tenants build the knowledge and experience to stand up for our right to safe, secure, affordable housing.

    Join this training to start the fightback.

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