The Citizen Organising Foundation (COF) is a registered charity
whose mission is to create a network of competent, informed
and organised citizens who act responsibly in the public life
of their communities and are able to influence, for the common
good, decisions which impact on their communities.
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To achieve our mission, COF
has established an Institute that runs regular training seminars
for community leaders and seeks
professional organisers to help build broad-based citizens'
COF acts as the national umbrella organisation of the broad-based
organising movement in Britain and Ireland.
It is the focal point for an increasingly diverse alliance
of congregations, community groups and labour organisations.
BBOs are made up of smaller local civil society organisations,
such as congregations, union branches, schools, local associations
- which affiliate to COF on payment of dues.
These BBOs engage in a series of campaigns at local, regional
and occasionally national level on issues which their members
have identified as being important to their communities.
COF works closely with four broad based citizens organising
networks in the UK. Three of these form the London Citizens
network - TELCO East London Citizens, South London Citizens,
and West London Citizens. COF also assists Birmingham Citizens.
London Citizens have been organising for change and social
justice for over ten years. An impressive campaign record
includes recent wins on ethical guarantees for the 2012 Olympics,
the Living Wage Campaign, and a searching commission of enquiry
into service provision by the Immigration and Nationality
Directorate at Lunar House.
For more information on the London Citizens networks and
their campaigns, click the links at the top of the page, and
visit their respective web sites.
COF offers a schedule of two and five-day training courses
aimed at developing communication, personal leadership and
team building skills.
The training develops the skills necessary to be an effective
community leader, and is suited to people who are new to community
organising as well as those with many years of experience.
The course syllabus includes:
New leadership techniques:
How to connect faith and values to practical action
the role that power and self-interest play in holding a group
together and making the world work
An introduction to a campaigning methodology that helps strengthen
your organisation and gain recognition and dignity for you,
your family and community.
Learning is through role play, formal lectures, video, and
group discussion. The tutors are all experienced community
organisers working in different parts of the city.
Previous attendees have been of various ages, from teenagers
to pensioners. They include people from Muslim, Christian,
Sikh, Jewish and Hindu congregations, and from local trade
union branches, student groups, tenants organisations, and
community centres. The diversity of attendees makes the training
even more valuable.