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]

  • Communications: Press release training

    Writing a press release is a crucial part of preparing for a direct action, bringing a broader spotlight to the action’s demands and greater pressure on your target.

    Come to this session to practice how to write press releases that are clear, catch the eye of journalists and support your campaign goals. This session will also cover broader points around how to develop effective relationships with the press and present how press work is structured within Living Rent.

    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: The Equality Act

    Whilst legal protection exists to ensure that no one suffers from discrimination, landlords routinely ignore them. In this session, we will cover the content of the Equality Act in Scotland and how to use it to further pressure landlords into providing adequate housing and conditions for tenants.

    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: 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!

    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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  • Member defence: Fighting in housing associations and council housing

    • Friday, April 09, 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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  • Campaigning: Understanding the planning process

    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.

    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 a blog post/short article

    This session will provide a time to practice writing together for Living Rent’s website - as a blogpost - but also for different audiences. Indeed, friendly news sources will sometimes ask Living Rent to put forward our own pieces and it’s important that many people feel able to put forward our visions and words to wider audiences.

    This session will be very practice-based, come with an idea or a story that you would like to write about for Living Rent and get support from fellow members drafting a structure and effectively putting it forward.

    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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  • 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, whether through Freedom of Information requests or using the site company house and at how to analyse planning documents and balance sheets. 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!

    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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  • 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!

    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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  • 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.

    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!

    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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