Movement for Change is the home of Community Organising in the Labour Movement. Founded in 2011, it has a team of professional Community Organisers whose role is to train and develop activists in communities across the country. To date, we have trained more than 1,500 people in local communities across the UK and abroad, to take local action on issues that matter to them.
Movement for Change has its roots within the Co-Operative groups, Trade Unions, community societies and local Labour parties which make up the wider Labour Movement. Our role is to help civil society institutions build coalitions in order to bring about change on issues that affect them and their communities. We facilitate action using relational politics, to re-activate membership, build community-based campaigns and win change at a grassroots level. We are also engaging at an international level to support the growth of Community Organising within the wider Labour Movement.
Community organising typically attempts to organise neighbourhoods but can also focus on ‘communities of interest’ such as groups of parents, patients or tenants. To date, Movement for Change activists have run campaigns on issues as varied as holding retailers to account for selling alcohol to teenagers, repairing security doors in estates and holding councillors to account for poor maintenance of vital services. Through this work, Movement for Change is a genuinely bottom-up organisation focused on action and capacity-building.