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]

  • Member defence: Strategy and action planning

    As a follow up from the member defence introduction, this session will support tenants to effectively and collectively plan a strategy to solve issues that members face and to brainstorm actions. Come to learn, to debrief from previous strategies and to share experiences of planning how to ensure that our members’ needs and demands are met!

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  • Member defence: Talking through mental health


    Many tenants who join Living Rent may experience mental health issues, which can be exacerbated by the stress of the housing issues that they face, notably harassment, bad housing quality or deposit theft. This session is about knowing how to effectively sign post members who are experiencing mental health issues, but also talk through mental health and stress more generally after a long year and restrictions that have taken a toll on everyone. We will hear from members around 'mental health first aid', and how to support each other around mental health.

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  • Outreach: Leith

    • Friday, July 16, 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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  • 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.

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  • When branches plan for campaigns, when members think about presenting a problem, it is often crucial to think about ‘framing’, or what is the message that you are putting forward. To effectively communicate Living Rent’s values, it’s important to think about the audience

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  • When branches plan for campaigns, when members think about presenting a problem, it is often crucial to think about ‘framing’, or what is the message that you are putting forward. To effectively communicate Living Rent’s values, it’s important to think about the audience

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  • Outreach: Leith

    • Friday, July 23, 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)

    • Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM
    • Zoom

    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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  • Introduction to Living Rent (West Coast)

    • Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    • Zoom

    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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