Community Organising and Leadership Program
The Community Organising and Leadership Program has established a group of committed core trainers in Far North Queensland who work alongside our Community Organiser to develop and deliver ongoing advocacy and organising training in our community.
We are in a time of uncertainty, and huge environmental challenges like we have never seen before, yet our governments sit idle on climate change. Climate change is not a problem that requires small efforts from a handful of individuals. We need a movement of people working together for real change!
Cairn’s regional location, far from any major centres, makes it difficult for our community to gain the valuable and constant training necessary to build our campaigning and advocacy skills, and grow our movement. Too often we see our passionate change-makers leaving for the big smoke to attain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.
We know that if an ongoing advocacy training program exists here in Far North Queensland, led by a group of core trainers who have the necessary skills and knowledge then more training will be available to our community, and more people will be able to take effective action for a safe climate and flourishing FNQ natural environment.
Stage 1: Core Trainers – 2020
To have a large enough and effective training program we need to build a group of core trainers with diverse skills, who are committed to providing training on an ongoing basis. During 2020 we will recruit our Core Trainers who together with CAFNEC staff will develop the training program and deliver training mid-late 2020.
Stage 2: Focused Training 2021 onwards
Our core trainer group will focus on delivering training and ongoing coaching to CAFNEC’s volunteers, members and member groups, and endeavour to ensure that our community feels more equipped and empowered to lead their own work, participate in CAFNEC’s campaigns and advocacy, and understand how to take effective action.
Community Organiser & Campaigner
Aïsha has been involved in campaigning and advocacy in Far North Queensland for the past 4 years. As CAFNEC’s Community Organiser & Campaigner, Aïsha has been able to strengthen her relationship with the Cairns community, and bring to her work a knowledge and understanding of what it is our community needs.
Aïsha has attained knowledge and skills in community organising and advocacy through comprehensive mentorship with activists in FNQ, and has completed the Change Agency Fellowship in 2019.
Aïsha has previously developed and delivered advocacy training in FNQ with a number of environment organisations, as part of the Warriors of the Waterways Project; as well as continues to provide support and workshops to our volunteers.
2020 & 2021
We have established a core trainer group of local leaders by recruiting and activating 8 individuals with different backgrounds and experiences, who are deeply embedded in their community and passionate about creating collective change for social and environmental justice.
Empowered by our training program, more people from different sectors and demographics will have the necessary and relevant skills in community organising and advocacy. This will create a regional networked movement of proactive people offering their collective voice on climate initiatives, rather than fragmented individuals struggling to be heard.
In 2020, CAFNEC launched our Community Organising and Leadership Program. In our first year, CAFNEC thoughtfully recruited and activated eight individuals, with different backgrounds and experiences, who are deeply embedded in their community and passionate about creating collective change for social and environmental justice.
The Program’s curriculum was established through the synthesis of results and feedback from CAFNEC’s Community Survey.
Combining the core trainers’ skills and the experience of CAFNEC’s Community Organiser, CAFNEC created a training program to suit the needs of our community. CAFNEC’s Community Organiser delivered three full-day intensive training sessions with the core trainers, equipping them with the tools and resources in community organising and campaign strategy.
In the lead up to the 2020 Queensland State Election, CAFNEC’s core trainer group, along with the Climate Media Centre, delivered three full-day workshops to equip and activate members of our community, ensuring our movement was skilled up and growing for the pivotal decision making moment.
In 2021, CAFNEC is expanding our Community Organising and Leadership Program to reflect the organisation’s strategic goals, and five year plan. CAFNEC is committed to building the capability of the broader community and other organisations to take effective action and increase engagement with their work to create a flourishing Far North Queensland natural environment.
In the second year of our Program, our core trainer group has grown, recruiting three additional core trainers. Our core trainer group will focus on delivering training and ongoing coaching to CAFNEC’s volunteers, members and member groups, and endeavour to ensure that our community feels more equipped and empowered to lead their own work, participate in CAFNEC’s campaigns and advocacy, and understand how to take effective action.
Our Program reflects the Snowflake Model (see diagram above), whereby ‘organisers organise organisers’ or ‘trainers, train, trainers’. Our Program Curriculum is carefully designed to meet the needs of our community and also integrates the experience and knowledge of our core trainer group. Our workshops are dynamic spaces, which embrace adaptation of our program as it responds to community participation. Our program is composed of three distinct training streams: 1) Volunteers, 2) Members Groups, and 3) a Rapid Response Team (RRT), responding to members and community groups who approach CAFNEC with an environmental issue.
This year we are really excited to be working alongside two of our member groups: Berettacorp and Bat Trees Society of Cairns; as well as reaching up into the Cape as we welcome Trevor Muldrum from Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals into our core trainer group. Our Rapid Response Team is also working closely with members of our community including but not limited to Harsh Bavishi, as he campaigns around the Forest Gardens development, and the Tablelands community groups who have come together to community organise around the invasive weed frogbit.
This year we are really grateful to have the commitment and passion of our core trainers from last year, Carine Visschers, Renee Lees, Ciara Bridgland, Ingrid Marker, Madeline MacLeish, Amber Kellett, and welcoming Trevor Muldrum, Tanya Chapman and Elizabeth MacDermott to the core trainer group this year.
Please read our Information Pack before applying.
Applications Now Closed!
Upon application to be a Core Trainer, we encourage you to become a CAFNEC member.