DIY Community Action

DIY Community Action

For community volunteers and tenants of social housing, from anywhere in the UK. These courses focus on strengthening community projects, improving mental and physical well-being, supporting social enterprises.

Course Programme

January 2019 – March 2019

Quality training for volunteers at a value price with follow on grants to help your groups.

£50 for first participant; £20 for each additional participant from same group on same course - plus a grant of £300 available for each group to further the work in their community.

Courses on this programme run from around 9.30 am on the first day and finish around 4 pm on the second.

Overnight accommodation, meals, snacks and course material are included in the price.


Understanding Performance Information

23-24 January 2019

Course Tutors: Eileen Adams and Tim Morton – Engage Associates

This course is now full - if you would like to register an interest, please get in touch.

Tenants are often expected to look at performance information provided by their landlord but it is not always presented in a clear way. We will examine different types of performance information and how it is gathered and used


Let's get crafty: crafting ideas for your community

6-7 February 2019

Course tutor: David Lloyd

Craft activities are a great way of engaging and help improve well-being with people of all ages and backgrounds in your community. Whatever the season, our "Lets get Crafty" course will give you some new skills and ideas to take back to share with others. We'll provide all the materials for the course, you just need to turn up and be prepared for gluing, painting and lots of wool! NO PREVIOUS CRAFT EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED, JUST A WILLINGNESS TO HAVE A GO!

We are expecting a lot of interest in this course - so book early to avoid disappointment! Please don't let cost be a barrier, if you have any concerns just get in touch and we can have a chat.


Setting up a Community Cafe or other Social Enterprise

12-13 February 2019

Course Tutors: David Graham and Daryl Moore

Bringing the social enterprise concept together we will use a community cafe case study making this the heart of the workshop. In small groups you will work on researching legal structures, defining operational systems to adhere to when running a business, how to market and carry out market research to prove a social need as a business and charity.


Inspiring Community Leaders

19-20 February 2019

Course Tutors: Sandra Ferguson - Fire Soul Consultancy

Through a series of practical experiences and discussion we will explore your leadership style, identify what it takes to be an inspiration tenant leader, examine the challenges of engaging and motivating yourself and others and develop action plans to enhance your leadership


Team Building Skills: Learning to work together

5-6 March 2019

Course Tutors: Marcus Drummond

A strong, trusting team can greatly increase the effectiveness and impacts of a project. This course aims to empower delegates to understand the principals of how different teams work, and strengthen their own group to the advantage of their project, and eventual beneficiaries.


Exploring Group Dynamics

13-14 March 2019

Course Tutors: Juliette Yardley

This course will explore the theories and applications of all the elements that constitute a group setting. We will look at the roles we play, how personalities and communication skills have the potential to forge positive relationships or equally to be negative and destructive.


Grow Cook Eat

20-21 March 2019

Course Tutors: Aleksandra Ola Rug and Jenni Moss

Interested in finding out how you can cook for your community? Love fresh fruit and vegetables and want to learn how to make the best use of the space you have?

Join us for this practical course on growing vegetables, fruits and herbs for kitchen gardens in your community. Whether it's a large empty terrace, a small back yard or a show-box sized balcony, we'd love to help you start kitchen gardening, ONE CARROT AT A TIME!