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]

  • Communications: Best practices for social media

    This session will cover how to write effective and snappy facebook posts and present best practices to ensure performance of social media content. 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 learn about facebook algorithm, analyse post’s performance  and practise writing a facebook post, making your text engaging, clear and accessible.

  • Outreach: Leith

    • Friday, June 25, 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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  • Heating our homes represents 16% of Scotland’s carbon emissions. Across, Scotland many tenants have to choose between food or fuel in the winter. In social and public housing, tenants experience ongoing issues with repairs, leading to persistent mould and damp. These are jut some of the practical ways in which housing quality and climate change intersect.

    Ahead of one of the largest international gatherings to tackle climate change in Glasgow in November, come to this session to learn more about the energy politics of Scottish housing and the opportunities to ask for a transformation of our homes' quality.

    In this session, you'll hear from a representative from Friends of the Earth and from the Existing Homes Alliance to understand how to link up the issues that tenants with fighting climate change and build the visions we need to address the scale of the climate crisis. 

     

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  • Introduction to Living Rent (West Coast)


    Member by member, Living Rent is growing stronger. This session outlines the union's history, vision and structure to support all members to understand their union. It provides an introduction to Living Rent, a description of the structures (branches, teams and roles) within the union and outlines some of the victories won by members fighting across Scotland.

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  • Outreach: Leith

    • Friday, July 02, 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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  • Introduction to Living Rent (East Coast)

    Member by member, Living Rent is growing stronger. This session outlines the union's history, vision and structure to support all members to understand their union. It provides an introduction to Living Rent, a description of the structures (branches, teams and roles) within the union and outlines some of the victories won by members fighting across Scotland.

    https://fb.me/e/2iy7XJfTL

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  • Each time, members speak to other residents, speak at events or to the press, you are presenting your union. This brings up multiple ‘semantic’ questions: how to present your union in an effective and empowering way? How to ensure that it is about members, tenants, residents coming together to achieve change? Come to this session to practice the ‘semantics of organising’ and how to effectively and powerfully present Living Rent as a union led by and for members!

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  • Come see how to navigate the planning system in Scotland and when can communities have their say on what gets built in their neighbourhood, from the initial development plans to specific planning applications. However, with power ultimately in the hands of the Scottish Ministers, there is only so far that legal avenues can take us. This session aims to look at the detail of the planning process, and hear from campaigners and Living Rent members who have successfully overturned a planning application.

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  • Outreach: Leith

    • Friday, July 09, 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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  • 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.

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