Social Action Hub
High Trees is one of 20 ‘Social Action Hubs’ nationally, aimed at rolling out local training and support for community organising into neighbourhoods and institutions across England.
Social Action Hubs are locally accountable organisations working with an experienced Community Organiser to develop community organising in their area. Through training local leaders and volunteers at a neighbourhood level the Hubs will spread community organising skills and ideas and be catalysts for resident-led social action.
From September 2017, and over the next 3 years, High Trees will be working to recruit, train and support an average of 110 local leaders and volunteers in community organising principles and practice. High Trees will be working to increase the strength and depth of local networks capable of taking action to create change at a neighbourhood level, including an increase in the use of community organising principles and practice to energise democracy, public services and grass-roots community activity in the area.
To find out more about our current activities in this area and our training courses, or to volunteer, please email Graham.Weston@high-trees.org or call 0208 671 31 32 and talk to Graham, High Trees Community Organiser
Community organising at High Trees
High Trees has hosted community organisers since 2013 and seen great results including the establishment of new Tenants and Residents’ Associations (TRA), development of a Neighbourhood Plan, a strong residents’ campaign to influence major estate regeneration and a new youth forum for the area. Community organising is now an established way of working for High Trees and the Social Action Hub provides the opportunity to promote collective action and campaigning in Tulse Hill and neighbouring areas – community organising provides a mechanism for enabling residents to have a stronger voice in local decision-making.
The opportunity to develop and offer training at different levels in community organising is exciting both as an addition to High Trees’ current adult learning offer and as a means to embed community organising as an approach amongst partner organisations, neighbourhood forums and TRAs. Ultimately this will lead to a more active, representative and civically engaged community.