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Community Organising & Leadership Program


To build the capability of the broader community and other organisations to take effective action and increase engagement with their work to promote a vibrant Far North Queensland natural environment.





Join one of our information session nights!

CAFNEC’s Community Organiser, Aïsha, is hosting a set of Information Nights over December 2021 and January 2022 to share with you what CAFNEC’s Community Organising and Leadership Program is all about.

Our information session nights will provide you with:

  • An understanding of why we are doing this work
  • The Program structure and workshop pedagogy
  • What we have achieved so far, and where we are heading
  • The role of the core trainer, and what you gain by being a core trainer
  • Dedicated Q&A time

When: From 5pm to 6pm AEST on the following Thursdays –
2 Dec, 9 Dec 2021 & 20 Jan, 27 Jan 2022
Where:  Online via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3545107001

In 2020 CAFNEC launched our Community Organising and Leadership Program. The program established a core trainer group of committed local leaders who worked alongside CAFNEC’s Community Organiser to establish a sophisticated and well-resourced training program for Far North Queensland. Now coming into our third year CAFNEC is recruiting new Core Trainers to join the team, and deliver the Program.


Far from any major centres, the isolation of our region makes it difficult for our community to gain the valuable training necessary to build our campaigning and leadership skills. Too often we see our passionate changemakers leaving for the big smoke to attain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. The Program makes certain that ongoing and relevant training is provided to our region, and ensures more and more people have the capacity to take effective action to ensure a safe climate and flourishing natural environment.


The Program reflects the Snowflake Model, whereby ‘organisers organise organisers’. This approach shares responsibility amongst individuals, creating distributed leadership. It replaces a single leader in a network with interconnected leaders. The Program goes beyond winning environmental challenges and invests in building community leadership for sustained power.

The Program empowers ordinary people to recognise that they can make a difference, and have the means to create a better Far North Queensland, through sustainable collective action.

The Program provides Core Trainers with an understanding as to the practices of leadership, and how to develop and empower leadership in others. The Program also provides an introduction to Community Organising and Campaign Strategy frameworks.


We are looking for Core Trainers for 2022 & 2023. This is a rare opportunity to strengthen your leadership skills and build your relationships with individuals and environment groups across our region. 

To find out more please read our Information Pack.

Would you like to join our Core Trainer Group for 2022? Applications are now open. 

Applications Close: Friday 23rd January 2022 COB

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We have some incredibly experienced activists here in FNQ and together we are going to ensure that our community has ongoing and essential skills to advocate for a better future.
But the reality is we do need money to do this. Your donation will provide training resources, the delivery of workshops and will be building the movement we need! No donation is too big or too small.

If you would like to find out more about our Program please do not hesitate to get in contact with Aïsha at getinvolved@nullcafnec.org.au.



The Program goes beyond winning environmental challenges and invests in building community leadership for sustained power.


The Program fosters leadership at four levels of engagement, through learning, teaching, doing and monitoring & evaluation.

Stream 1

CAFNEC Campaign Volunteers

Building the capability of our volunteers to effectively deliver CAFNEC’s campaigns.

Stream 2

CAFNEC Member Groups

Building the capability of our Member Groups to take effective action, establish strong networks and increase engagement in their work.

Stream 3

Rapid Response Team

Responding to urgent community concerns and buildin gtheir capability to deliver their own campaign.



Understanding the value of relationships and why they are key to effecting change.



Understanding what type of leader you are, how to be an effective leader and how to nurture leadership in others.


Understanding how to create and maintain healthy working groups for sustainable collective action. 


Understanding community organising and campaign strategy tools, and how to apply them. 


Understanding how to gather information and analyse and develop processes to achieve the best outcomes. 


Aïsha has near to a decade of experience as an educator, identifying and establishing  training resources, and providing training and one-to-one coaching to children and adults.

Aïsha solidified her role as a Community Organiser and Campaigner in 2019 after completing the Change Agency Fellowship. 

In her role as Community Organiser, Aïsha builds leadership and empowers our members, member groups and the wider community, to grow our movement and take action for a safe climate and vibrant FNQ natural environment. 

Previous to the Program, Aïsha developed and delivered advocacy training in FNQ with other organisations, as part of CAFNEC’s Warriors of the Waterways Project. 

Aïsha de Barros Lopes, Community Organiser

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