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.

From May to August, 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 or Saturday morning (monthly). 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]

  • Outreach: Leith

    • Friday, August 06, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    • Out of the Blue Drill Hall; followed by doorknocking in local area


    The union is only as strong as it's members - Join fellow Leith branch members each Friday for outreach training to learn how to recruit your neighbours, spread awareness of local campaigns, and support other branch members through their housing struggles. Join local organiser Sinead each friday from 1-4pm in Out of the Blue Drill Hall for phone banking training followed by door knocking from 5-7pm.

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  • Member defence: Storytelling our wins

    As more and more members win better housing conditions through member defence, it’s important to celebrate such successes (and reflect on what could have been done better!). One of the most effective ways to do this is to ‘story-tell’ our victories, showing that we can and do win. This training will 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 organising.

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  • Outreach: Leith

    • Friday, August 13, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    • Out of the Blue Drill Hall; followed by doorknocking in local area


    The union is only as strong as it's members - Join fellow Leith branch members each Friday for outreach training to learn how to recruit your neighbours, spread awareness of local campaigns, and support other branch members through their housing struggles. Join local organiser Sinead each friday from 1-4pm in Out of the Blue Drill Hall for phone banking training followed by door knocking from 5-7pm.

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  • Communications: Spokesperson training

    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. We will focus on key aspects of Living Rent’s national demands, to support more and more members to speak about the national picture

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  • Outreach: Leith

    • Friday, August 20, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    • Out of the Blue Drill Hall; followed by doorknocking in local area


    The union is only as strong as it's members - Join fellow Leith branch members each Friday for outreach training to learn how to recruit your neighbours, spread awareness of local campaigns, and support other branch members through their housing struggles. Join local organiser Sinead each friday from 1-4pm in Out of the Blue Drill Hall for phone banking training followed by door knocking from 5-7pm.

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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.

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  • Outreach: Leith

    • Friday, August 27, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    • Out of the Blue Drill Hall; followed by doorknocking in local area


    The union is only as strong as it's members - Join fellow Leith branch members each Friday for outreach training to learn how to recruit your neighbours, spread awareness of local campaigns, and support other branch members through their housing struggles. Join local organiser Sinead each friday from 1-4pm in Out of the Blue Drill Hall for phone banking training followed by door knocking from 5-7pm.

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  • Political education: Rent struggles

    Our housing reflects countless struggles and attempts by tenants to make way for better housing, whether through rent strikes, organising committees, or fights to keep public control over homes and for new social housing to be genuinely affordable. Tenant organising has always shaped both public and social housing. Come to this session to learn about Scotland’s inspiring history of tenants’ struggle against sustained efforts to undermine tenants’ voices. The session will examine how the union’s everyday fights both connect to and diverge from this history and explore together how we can be inspired by the past as we fight for the future.

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