Community Roots CIC offer quality accredited and bespoke training courses, in Community Organising and support for Social Entrepreneurs.

We offer a range of quality training courses, from 1-day workshops to formal qualifications.  The majority of our training courses are accredited, including our 1-day workshops. Our training courses are suitable for those with an interest in working in their community, already working with people in communities or interested in the enterprise. We also offer the opportunity to develop tailored made bespoke workshops and longer training courses to clients with groups of people or for a specific purpose, contact us for further information.

Upcoming Training Dates

NEW: Our online community organising training programme starts on the 3rd of November 2020 and will connect you with many different people across the world using digital tools to learn how to organise communities for sustainable change. Click here to find out more.


As well as formal accredited training courses, we also offer the opportunity to deliver tailored made bespoke courses. Our bespoke courses can be workshops or longer training courses, contact us for more details.

Future Training Courses

We are developing a suite of training courses, which will be a mixture of accredited and less formal courses. Our newest training courses include Listening Skills, Examining Power and other related topics.

More about Training courses we offer
1 Day Course – An Introduction to Community Organising
Cost £60 per person, currently Free

Our one-day training course introduces you to the core foundations of community organising – genuine, effective listening which sparks dialogue and explores motivations, an analysis of power in the community and how to build it, and an exploration of how to organise and motivate people to take effective action together to address common concerns. The course aims to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • To understand the importance of listening to build relationships
  • To begin to explore power and power dynamics in communities
  • To appreciate how to motivate people to take action
  • To plan your next steps and actions in community organising

This course is approved as quality training provision by Certa and as Professional Development by CPD. Certification for this can be achieved through completion of a short “learning log” at the end of the course.

More about training courses we offer
Level 2 and 3 Community Organising Qualification (1 year)
Cost £1000 discounted bursaries available

Community Organising is the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice. Community Organisers reach out and listen, connect and motivate people to build their collective power. The Certificate in Community Organising course is a 180-hour* training course aimed at people who wish to develop their effectiveness in the application of the principles and practice of community organising by giving a foundation of knowledge and skills.

Completion of the course will lead to either a Level 2 or Level 3 Certificate in Community Organising which is a nationally recognised qualification. There are no specific requirements to study for these qualifications but learners should have already developed their literacy and study skills before undertaking study on the qualification.

‘Even the wisest mind has something yet to learn’

George Santayana

To book onto or to find out further information about our workshops and qualifications we offer, get in touch. If you’re in need of tailor made workshops or our facilitation skills using the innovative Art of Hosting techniques then please also contact us. If you are starting up an enterprise and could benefit from some support from an experienced social enterprise get in touch too.

What people are saying…

I enjoyed the training; I was lucky to be with a like-minded group of others who were so passionate about helping their local communities. We had a range of those who wanted to help on a very small & very local basis and others who wanted to do a greater level of community interaction. Our group worked well together & there were lots to learn off of every participant.

The training from Community Roots was excellent & made you think about community interaction & how it can be perceived.

Mike Lewis

Purple Shoots

(An Introduction to Community Organising)

(During the coronavirus crisis) I have used some of the skills I learned on your course to start up a community volunteer effort. I am coordinating 25+ volunteers and in the first few days, we distributed more than 800 leaflets with offers of help. Some people have taken up this offer, many have just expressed thanks that help is on hand if needed.

The next challenge will be to maintain this newly found community spirit once the Covid-19 crisis is over and I will be placing a particular emphasis on listening which was such a key message from the training.

Cliff Naylor

(An Introduction to Community Organising)