DIY Community Action

DIY Community Action

For community volunteers and tenants of social housing, from anywhere in the UK. These courses focus on strengthening community projects, improving mental and physical well-being, supporting social enterprises.

Course Programme

September 2018 – March 2019

Quality training for volunteers at a value price with follow on grants to help your groups.

£50 for first participant; £20 for each additional participant from same group on same course

Gardening for Health

18-19 September 2018

Course Tutors: Richmond Dutton and Phil Lillywhite

It is well recognised that gardening can have very positive effects on physical, mental and psychological health and well-being. The course is best suited to groups that are developing ideas for a community gardening project or have recently started such a project.

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Working on a Committee

26-27 September 2018

Course Tutors: Eileen Adams and Tim Morton – Engage Associates

This course is for people who are part of a community group who want to run their meetings well and get the business done. It will give you the chance to reflect and develop your skills and help you to understand the roles and responsibilities so that your group can work more effectively together.

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Team Building

2-3 October 2018

Course Tutors: Marcus Drummond

A strong, trusting team can greatly increase the effectiveness and impacts of a project. This course aims to empower delegates to understand the principals of how different teams work, and strengthen their own group to the advantage of their project, and eventual beneficiaries.

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Is a social enterprise for us?

9-10 October 2018

Course Tutors: David Graham and Daryl Moore

This interactive workshop will give you the tools to unpack what it’s all about, if it’s for you and your organisation, what’s in it for you, what you need to do to get the best out of it, and plan practically how it will work for you and your client group.

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Tackling Social Isolation

24-25 October 2018

Course Tutors: David Lloyd

As communities change and local services are cut, social isolation in communities can be a real issue for people of all ages and from all backgrounds. On this interactive course you will explore how you can tackle the issue in your own community and help people become more connected to their community and feel less isolated.

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Resident Involvement—How to engage your community

7-8 November 2018

Course Tutors: Sandra Ferguson- Fire Soul Consultancy

This course will identify what difference resident involvement can make to your organisation, explore the range of involvement activities offered by providers, consider the barriers to effective engagement of hard to reach communities (including younger and older people) and debate how Equality and Diversity can affect the outcome of engagement and involvement.

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Building resilience and managing stress

20-21 November 2018

Course Tutors: Juliette Yardley

This training is designed to take you on a journey of understanding what stress is, how it effects people both physically and emotionally, how resilience building techniques are used as a proactive strategy to manage stress, prevent burnout and significantly lower anxiety and worries.

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Conflict resolution and negotiation skills

27-28 November 2018

Course Tutors: Juliette Yardley

This course looks at what can cause conflict between people and how we can have the confidence to know how to handle difficult situations or tricky relationships.

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Understanding Performance Information

23-24 January 2019

Course Tutors: Eileen Adams and Tim Morton – Engage Associates

Tenants are often expected to look at performance information provided by their landlord but it is not always presented in a clear way. We will examine different types of performance information and how it is gathered and used

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Mergers and Group Structures

6-7 February 2019

Course Tutors: Eileen Adams and Tim Morton – Engage Associates

Group structures and mergers can bring together providers with different, sometimes conflicting cultures and the course will provide tools for tenants facing challenges in developing empowerment where new structures bring this challenge.

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Inspiring Tenant Leaders

19-20 February 2019

Course Tutors: Sandra Ferguson - Fire Soul Consultancy

Through a series of practical experiences and discussion we will explore your leadership style, identify what it takes to be an inspiration tenant leader, examine the challenges of engaging and motivating yourself and others and develop action plans to enhance your leadership

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Exploring Group Dynamics

13-14 March 2019

Course Tutors: Juliette Yardley

This course will explore the theories and applications of all the elements that constitute a group setting. We will look at the roles we play, how personalities and communication skills have the potential to forge positive relationships or equally to be negative and destructive.

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Dealing with ASB

20-21 March 2019

Course Tutors: Eileen Adams and Tim Morton – Engage Associates

This course will explore the theories and applications of all the elements that constitute a group setting. We will look at the roles we play, how personalities and communication skills have the potential to forge positive relationships or equally to be negative and destructive.

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