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ACORN's Community Organising 101

ACORN's Community Organising 101

ACORN Sheffield is a community union that brings together low and middle income people to take action and win real changes. Its basic principle is that people power - the ability of communities to use strength in numbers - is the most important tool for making change.

Last year, union members in Park Hill flats came together to take on corporate developers Urban Splash and win a reversal of a heating bills hike during the pandemic. ACORN united the diversity of the new estate—social tenants, private renters and homeowners alike—getting hundreds of residents to sign a petition and mobilising them onto their balconies to bash pots and pans and make noise against rip-off bills. A show of unity in a time of isolation.

This victory would not have been possible without community organising: the day-to-day work of knocking on doors, motivating people out of apathy and despair and channeling anger into collective action and unity.

In this practical online session, ACORN organisers Stuart and Lauren will go over some of the nuts and bolts of organising and how you can get started in your own community. Whether you want to learn how to make real change in your local community, you’re a trade union activist who wants to pick up skills for organising your workplace, or you’re just interested in what community organising is all about, this workshop is for you.

Stuart McMillan, Community Organiser, ACORN the union

Lauren O’Donoghue, Community Organiser, ACORN the union

ACORN Sheffield is a community union that brings together low and middle income people to take action and win real changes. Its basic principle is that people power - the ability of communities to use strength in numbers - is the most important tool for making change.

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