About Training for Change The “Training for Change” programme helps to challenge the perceptions and assumptions that underlie distrust between communities, authorities, agencies and corporations. It opens up potential and enables a more creative and constructive approach to problems and their solution. It works on developing a positive attitude and approach to problems and experience, from which knowledge and skills can be built. Grown from the Development Education and Leadership Training programmes that started in Kenya in the 1970's our “Training for Change” programme works on the personal, interpersonal and wider society skills of communities, business leaders, activists and social entrepreneurs. The courses are highly participative with a mix of class, gender, age, community involvement and educational background. The differences between people add richness to the courses through a sharing of experience and knowledge. The sessions are planned and shaped by the participants with the assistance of expert facilitators.
Objective: The objective is to enable participants to have an experience that will help them (1) develop their insight and understanding of themselves as individuals in relationship -‐ to groups, the community and the wider world; (2) deepen their understanding of the world/arena they operate within and (3) develop and uncover skills that they have -‐ as activists, leaders, entrepreneurs -‐ and learn and create tools that will help them in their work for change.
Programme The programme explores listening in the community leading to action; social and economic analysis; personal motivation, leadership, individual and group behaviour; power and power dynamics, conflict and creativity. It develops and offers effective tools and inspiration for social entrepreneurs and for others who are working for social, economic development, social and environmental justice and wider participation. It also offers an opportunity for peer support, practice exchange and networking at a regional, national and international level.
Courses: Local courses are aimed primarily at local teams operating at a community level that will be in a position to work in teams and groups after the courses, and individuals who wish to be more constructively involved in the local community and social economy. The format for delivery is tailored to local requirements – weekly sessions, block sessions, residential sessions in appropriate combinations The national workshop is aimed primarily at teams and individuals who will be in a position to develop the training programme in their own community whether geographic or of interest. This is currently delivered as an 11-‐day residential block. © Action to Regenerate Community Trust 2011 -‐ TfC descriptive material.doc
Background and description to RE:generate's Training for Change programme