Training

Our training packages can be delivered on an ‘Ability-To-Pay’/free basis to community groups who are members of SCCAN with a minimum number required to run the training. Training can be delivered face to face or online. For queries and requests, please email training@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk 

CLIMATE CHANGE

Having lots of quality conversations about climate change is one of the most effective things we can do to stop it. Climate for Change facilitators are key to making such conversations happen at a scale large enough to really shift the social climate on climate change in Scotland.

You can find out more about the role of Volunteer Facilitator HERE and APPLY HERE or via the form below. If you would like to request a bespoke training, please email training@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk

Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

 

If you are looking for something meaningful and effective (and fun!) to do to stop climate change, read on.

If you are looking to host a conversation, please visit this page

What do facilitators do?

SCCAN Climate for Change ‘C4C’ facilitators are trained to run Climate Conversations in people’s homes, community organisations and online. These Conversations are part presentation, part facilitated discussion. The facilitator’s role is to help guests understand: 

-what climate change means for them and the things they care about most 

-what needs to be done to stop climate change and how quickly 

-what they can do that is most powerful and effective, then inspire them to take action. 

Being a facilitator also involves supporting hosts prior to their Conversations to ensure their success, and some follow up afterwards. 

The best facilitators are not climate-change experts but people who are good at listening and passionate about making a difference. Most of the climate-change information presented at a Conversation is shown in a video; we provide training and ongoing support for everything else. 

We ask facilitators to commit 3-5 hours a week for a minimum of six months, during which time you should aim to facilitate two Conversations each month to keep up your momentum.

Our Facilitator Training will inspire you to create social change through conversation, and build support for climate action in the community. We want to help you support and motivate others to take effective climate action, and talk confidently about climate change with those around you. Throughout your entire learning journey we want you to experience personal growth and find opportunities for leadership within the climate community.

 

 “I have learned so much that I have taken with me into other jobs, and skills that I think will continue to benefit me throughout my entire career. From presenting in front of a group of strangers, to the art of asking, to practicing listening and considering before speaking, to my perspective on how to engage with people who I disagree with. I also have much deeper understanding of our political system and social change in general. I am a different person now” – Testimonial from Nicole (C4C Facilitator).

 

The Training

 

During the training, you will learn about what makes a meaningful conversation and how to effectively talk about the problems and solutions with different audiences. We’ll introduce our theory of how we think change happens, and the reasons behind our Climate Conversation model/structure. You’ll also learn some key tools to use in your conversations about climate change everywhere.

You will then get to put these ideas into practice. You will meet other volunteer facilitators, meet our Conversation Programme team, and connect with a Mentor who will help you host and then facilitate your first C4C Climate Conversations.

 

We will provide ongoing support and you’ll have the opportunity to further connect with the facilitator community and attend specialist workshops, building on your knowledge and deepening facilitation skills.
You will also have an opportunity to mentor and lead. You will have the opportunity to expand your reach and create a lasting legacy in your facilitating journey. We can support you to become a coach and provide opportunities for you to recruit and lead a team of facilitators.

 

In order to take part in the programme, please apply here: https://airtable.com/shrCNTMZNLFakSzl8

As more people in your community take action on the climate and ecological emergencies, they will want to know more about the causes and impacts of climate change and ecological degradation and decline as well as what actions they can take and how much of a difference these will make.

Increasingly people want to understand how climate change will impact them and others in their community in Scotland and around the world.

The accredited Knowledge in Action facilitator’s course will equip you with skills and knowledge to cascade down to your community group.

What do facilitators do?

SCCAN Knowledge into Action facilitators are trained to run the 4 two-hour sessions using the comprehensive set of materials that have been accredited with the Climate Literacy Project. These sessions are designed to be engaging as well as informative. They will help your community come together to define and carry out new actions.

The facilitator shares the materials with the group and then guides activities and discussions which help people to process and embed what they have just learned. It is not a lecture, but instead a joint exploration of facts.

The facilitator training starts with experiencing the sessions for yourself over 2 half days, followed by 2 half days to explore facilitation skills and importantly to do some practice. The best facilitators are not climate-change experts but people who are good at listening and passionate about making a difference.

All of the information presented is in the materials. You don’t need to be an expert since you will be presenting information from experts. The sequence is:

  1. Sign up for and attend 4 half days online training (attendance in the 4 sessions is required to be able to use these materials)
  2. Add local information into the Knowledge into Action’s pre-prepared sections for sign-posting to local projects and resources.
  3. Recruit 8-10 people and decide how you will run these sessions:
  • either online, in person or hybrid
  • either 4 x 2 hour sessions, 2 half days, or 1 full day

In order to facilitate these workshops in your community, attendance at all 4 sessions is required.

If you are part of a community group we may be able to run a course just for your group, online or in person. Please email training@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk

More about Knowledge into Action

Our Climate Literacy course entitled ‘Climate: Knowledge into Action’ will tell your community members all they need to know to confidently discuss the climate emergency and describe the actions we can all take to tackle it.

The sessions look at the science, causes and impacts; consider what a climate friendly Scotland might look like and have plenty of time throughout for discussion. At the end of the sessions, your community members will have an awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and the motivation to reduce emissions on an individual and community basis.

This training will help people to:

  • Understand the science of climate change.
  • Understand how the wider community and local area will be impacted by climate change.
  • Appreciate the significant changes we will all need to adapt to as Scotland moves to a low carbon future.
  • Identify practical actions you can take to reduce emissions and future-proof your organisation.

Knowledge into Action meets the Carbon Literacy Project Standard, meaning that participants may opt to gain Carbon Literate accreditation and receive a certificate on completion of the training.

Our ‘Climate: Knowledge into Action’ course is delivered online across four 2 hour modules:

  • Module 1 – Climate Science & Justice
  • Module 2 – Causes & Impacts
  • Module 3 – Adaptation & Action
  • Module 4 – Communicating Climate Change

This course is designed for you to offer free of charge to people in your community who are looking to gain an understanding of the climate and ecological emergencies and to learn what we can do to tackle it. It will equip people to confidently communicate the urgency for taking climate action, with the knowledge and ideas of how to take action. Learn about climate change and reducing your carbon footprint in this free accredited training – and gain a Carbon Literacy Certificate!

 Please check our events page for upcoming public courses or register your interest by emailing training@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk
 

If you are part of a community group we may be able to run a course just for you, online or in person. Please email training@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk

We regularly block book places for SCCAN members at the special reduced rate of £30 for the two-day course.

The Centre for Alternative Technology’s Zero Carbon Britain project offers the hard data and confidence required for visualising a future where we have risen to the demands of climate science. It helps to reduce fear and misunderstandings and open new, positive, solutions-focused conversations. 

The 2019 Report, Zero Carbon Britain: Rising to the Climate Emergency incorporates the very latest developments in science and technology to show that we can create a zero carbon Britain using only proven technology. 

During this two day course you will explore all aspects of climate solutions and scenarios presented in the research. Live lectures will cover a range of topics from renewable energy and energy efficiency to diets and land-use, looking at how these can work together to help us build a zero carbon future. Workshops will enable discussion and debate among participants on catalysing action across all areas of society.

If interested in taking part in this training, please email training@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk

 

This workshop will support participants to develop the confidence to set up their own climate café.

 

It will cover the psychology of the climate and ecological emergency, a taster Climate Café, building a toolkit of practical resources and a discussion of the organisation and facilitation of Climate Cafés.

What is a Climate Café?

A Climate Café is a simple, hospitable, empathetic process that offers a space where fears and uncertainties about our climate crisis can be safely expressed, leading over time to greater emotional resilience and understanding.

 

We need the kind of exploration that Climate Cafés provide as it becomes more evident that climate change is not a far-away problem but a clear and present danger to our own safety and wellbeing. People increasingly need to talk about what our changing climate means for them in terms of impacts at personal, family and societal level. We need to imagine it in some detail so as to be able to think about it constructively and clear-sightedly, and to explore some complex feelings and thoughts which may often be taboo and hard to talk about.

 

The focus of discussion is participants’ thoughts and feelings about the climate crisis. There are no guest speakers and no talks, and it is an advice-free zone. This is psychologically important, helping to create the supportive atmosphere.

 

What is the purpose of this workshop?

 

SCCAN – Scottish Communities Climate Action Network will be using the training material from Climate Psychology Alliance UK.

Climate cafés are being increasingly set up in communities across Scotland, and we want to see them taking place in every location.

This workshop will support participants to develop the confidence to set up their own Climate Café. It will include a short taster climate café, the psycho-social principles on which Climate Cafés are based, building a toolkit of practical resources, and a discussion of the organisation and facilitation of Climate Cafés.

Advance registration is essential.

The details

Details: Please check our events page for upcoming public courses or register your interest by emailing training@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk

Cost: £20 standard rate & £5 concessionary rate (for students and those on low income).

A reminder will be sent to registered participants leading up to the workshop and the Zoom link will be shared the day beforehand. Please check spam/junk folders.

If you have any problems please email training@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk

Learn more about some of the Climate Cafes that are part of the Scottish Climate Cafe Hub by listening to our 1000 Better Stories podcast about it,Climate cafes connecting communities‘.

Humans have evolved to process the world through stories – it is stories that help us understand facts and figures, make decisions and shift our perspectives. 

Dominant narratives of our culture shape our thoughts and actions. But some of these main narratives are not helping us get where we want and need to be… So, what if we could change it? What if we could tell better stories?

Our Stories for Change training can help your organisation find and tell your own climate action story. It can help with marketing, engaging wider audiences, communicating about your work, talking to others about climate and creating positive visions for the place you live.

The workshops are designed with climate action and climate justice in mind and cover storytelling skills, podcasting, audio walking tours, writing and short film. They can be customised to fit with your organisation’s needs and can be delivered online or face-to-face.

We also offer ongoing support through Storytelling Collective’s regular podcasting and writing skillshares.

To find out more and discuss your needs get in touch with SCCAN Story Weavers, Kaska and Joana, on stories@scottishcommunitiescan.org

Also see our 1000 Better Stories podcast and blog.

FACILITATION AND OPERATIONAL SKILLS

Effective Community-led Climate Action needs properly resourced – staff, premises and outreach events.

This interactive fundraising training will teach you how to fundraise effectively and give you tips and guidance for successful community-led climate action bids including:

  • Why connecting to your purpose is key
  • Understanding the funders’ perspective
  • Best ways to identify your communities’ needs
  • How partnerships can strengthen your application
  • How to create a relationship with funders
  • A list of unsubscribed funders
  • and more….

This training can be delivered online (3 hours) or in person (half day).

A two-day, hands-on training course. This course is for community activists who wish to develop their skills in facilitating deliberative (eg citizen’s assembly type) events  -for example to support the development of local climate emergency response plans. 

Deliberative processes engage and support diverse groups to work together to make considered decisions and take action on complex issues. Good facilitation enables groups to work cooperatively and effectively together and ensures the involvement of all participants in a meaningful way. 

Course outline: 

-what is unique about a Citizens Assembly? (Exploring the principles – the hardlines and the variables – between Citizens Assembly and other deliberative processes) 

-when is Deliberative Engagement useful? How does it differ from traditional methods? 

-understanding Deliberative Engagement – a process of learning, dialogue and deliberation (and what does that mean in practice?) 

-setting the context for facilitating deliberative processes

-creating the conditions for dialogue and deliberation

-principles of facilitation 

-key qualities of a good facilitator 

-discursive resources – active questioning and re-framing dealing with difficult behaviours some common facilitation techniques 

-putting it into practice (opportunities to facilitate exercises with other members of the group) 

This training can be delivered online or face to face. Please email training@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk

 

Are you tired of power games in your organisations? Do you hope the spirit of collaboration could bring out the best in people? 

Do you think organisations could be places of synergy, collaboration, growth, and deep authentic connection?

Are you keen to improve decision-making and governance of organisations in Scotland?

In SCCAN, we use Sociocracy / Dynamic Governance and would like to share this practice with our wider network and all interested in learning more. Whether or not you have heard of Sociocracy before, in this training workshop, we will give you an overview of the basic concepts of sociocracy also known as Dynamic Governance: 

  • better listening
  • how we make effective decisions and consent decision making
  • how we empower and connect teams through circle structures
  • how to continuously improve processes over time. 

Exercises and role-plays let everyone experience the clarity, consideration, and flow that sociocracy brings. You will leave with a big picture of the possibilities, practical tools to start using right away, and a vivid experience of what a Sociocratic group feels like. A third of the time will be on presentations, another third on practical exercises and the last third on reflection and Q&A. 

Topics: 

  1. Deciding together so no one is ignored: Consent 
  2. A place for everything / everything in place: Organizational structure 
  3. Linking, with improved flow of information: Connected Teams 
  4. Being intentional about who does what: sociocratic open elections 
  5. Learning and feedback: how we can improve what we do and how we do it

Online: Two 3 hours training

Face to face version: full day or two days training

WIDENING PARTICIPATION

Training workshop to learn practical tools and techniques to attract new people to your group and ensure it grows and sustains itself over the long term.

We will share useful community organising and outreach techniques such as listening campaigns, audience mapping and organic leadership development, as well as how to create groups that are accessible to people from a wide range of different backgrounds.

If you have been struggling to attract new members and grow and sustain your group then this is the right workshop for you. This workshop is for Community Groups only, and there is a limited number of places so sign up soon to get your place.

This workshop is designed to allow you to apply your learnings effectively in a local group setting, we therefore are asking for the following to participate:

  • Commitment to the full day workshop. There will be a lunch break and lots of  participatory activities that will get you up and moving.
  • Attendance of two or more members of your community group.

 

Environmental crisis is already having an impact on many aspects of our lives, from the quality of the air we breathe, to food and water insecurity, and rising energy bills. The environmental crisis will impact every charity and every person they exist to serve and support, no matter the charity purpose.

In the words of Sir David Attenborough: “saving the planet is now a communications challenge.” Charity communicators have a vital role to play in communicating environmental crisis, regardless of charity purpose. The way that we as communicators talk about environmental crisis affects the way that people engage, think and respond to the problems and solutions. Our communications can determine if people switch off or feel compelled to act.

How to engage the Public on Climate Change?

Do you want to gain skills and knowledge on Communicating Climate Change?

Do you want to reach new audiences? 

A fast-moving, interactive and fun training workshop, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss ideas in small groups. 

Participants will: 

  • Share findings from research and practical experience
  • Reflect on what makes effective public engagement
  • Review effective communications for reaching new audiences
  • Explore messaging around personal behaviour change

This Half-day training can be delivered online or face to face. Please email training@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk

 

 

Do you want to learn about how to ask people to take part in your organisation and activities or to take specific actions? 

Come along to this 3 hours training workshop where we will enquire into, and hopefully begin to breakdown, the apprehensions or fears or questions many of us have around asking. This could be asking in general, but specifically in the context of your activities and events, we’re asking for attendance, participation, funds, we’re asking people to join our group as well as take pledges and actions. 

You will learn how to make asking easier, and more effective. You will learn about:

-Confidence

-Direct vs Indirect asks

-Guiding the asks

-Assumptions

We will then take time to put theory into practice by splitting into small working groups. 

Please email  training@scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk to arrange a session. 

Here is a 15 minute video, by punk rock singer Amanda Palmer. She quite radically reframes the act of asking and the power dynamic between ‘asker’ and ‘giver’.

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