The Change Course
Practical skills for advocacy and campaigning
The Change Course ran as a 4-6 week workshop series in 2014 and 2015. We did not secure funding in 2016, but will seek funding to run in future. It is heavily subsidised to allow grassroots participation.
Are you working on issues in your local community? Would you like to improve your skills to win better campaign outcomes?
This course takes place over one month and is designed to give a broad overview of skills needed to be an effective campaigner. From community organising, to social media and fundraising, we will give you a great set of tools to take away, increasing your skills, and developing better capacity in the area you work.
The program will be coordinated by experienced campaigner and facilitator Nicola Paris, and will include interactive workshops, experiential learning and feature guest experts who are leaders in their field.
“A fantastic way to learn many facets of effective campaigning from competent speakers. A practical way to learn how to utilise your passion and determination to create a better world. I would encourage anyone who has yelled at their TV during the news, been frustrated by their feeling of hopelessness after an Election or policy change, or had their communities wishes completely disregarded by a corporation, to partake in this course.”
Fill out the application form here – DEADLINE EXTENDED 19th MAY 2015
What it looks like:
Weekend introduction – May 30th/31st at Common Ground, Seymour, Victoria
4 weekly evening sessions – These will be conducted on Tues evenings, 6-8pm at our partner venue – Ross House, during June (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd)
Final closing full day: Saturday 27th June
Cost: $190 concession/ $250 waged. Includes all accommodation, venues, resources and catering.
Expressions of interest for sponsorship positions can also be directed to the email below, and payment plans are available. The program is supported by a grant from the Kimberley foundation and the places are heavily subsidised to support participation by grassroots campaigners. Please feel free to contact us with any questions via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Phil Evans on 03 9419 8700
Campaign strategy – Digital & social media – Community organising – Sustainable activism – Traditional media – Fundraising – Understanding politics – Working as allies – Facilitation & group dynamics … and more
Who is it for:
The course is designed for individuals working on grassroots campaigns who are relatively new to community activism or campaigning, or people with a moderate experience who would like to diversify their skills. We welcome people working in a range of fields – from environment, to human rights, to public transport and social justice campaigns.
This program is supported by Friends of the Earth, CounterAct, Melbourne Campaigners Network, and is funded by the Kimberley Foundation. Our venue partners are Ross House and Common Ground.