Join us for 3.5 days in November 2021, or 6 afternoons in January 2022, to learn the basics of our hands-on, learner-centred, inclusive approach to training.

We’re back with our latest offering within the UNPACKED training for trainers series – a beginners level course designed to introduce social action trainers to the Bootcamp style of training.

What will we do?

Beginners UNPACKED provides a grounding in our experiential training methodology. Our approach is based on Training For Change’s Direct Education, a method that values the wisdom and experience of participants to create trainings that are empowering and tackle injustice.

Throughout the course you will:

  • Learn about our approach to training and the value behind it.
  • Gain awareness of yourself, your identity as a trainer, and your training style.
  • Use tools and techniques that can be easily adapted for your own training.
  • Have a chance to take risks and try new things in a supported environment.
  • Help grow a community of UK social action trainers.

The Beginners UNPACKED training is aimed at people who deliver training within social action, campaigning, or movement spaces. You may not identify with the title of ‘trainer’ and that’s okay! You might be an activist who wants to start delivering more training as part of your activism or someone who has taken on the trainer/facilitator role within their campaigning who wants to develop these skills.

Applications for both courses are now closed. In 2020 we successfully piloted our first run of the Advanced UNPACKED training for social change trainers. You can read about this year-long programme here: UNPACKED: Training for social change trainers.  We will be launching the advanced year-long course again in Spring 2022.

Beginners UNPACKED Cohort 1

Meet the amazing social justice trainers that came on our first cohort

Ellie Rudd

I'm a youth and community practitioner and manager currently working in Camden, London. I work for Fitzrovia Youth in Action overseeing youth-led community projects and support a resident-led project, Community Champions Regent's Park. I've supported teams to organise community events and social action across the borough, but am very much looking forward to learning from fellow course attendees on UNPACKED about tools to support young people and residents with their campaigns and other actions they can take.

Giulia Tanasi

I'm a Human Rights graduate and moved to the UK 6 years ago to start my career. I campaign for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, women and people of colour. My journey has seen a focus on responding to sexual harassment and assault. I always try to read as much as I can to keep up to date with the latest issues and research.

Imani Clough

I'm Imani! I spend much of my time innovating education in both classrooms and communities. With more than ten years of experience working in education, social care, partnerships and service development, I currently combine my academic research interests; in the area of character education and belonging, with my knowledge as a practitioner. I support frontline practitioners to have the confidence to lead on high impact campaigns and initiatives in coaching and train the trainer capacity. I also facilitate youth consultations and translate research to applied educational and social contexts.

Jasmine Tribe

Jas is a Campaign Manager for City to Sea’s Plastic Free Periods campaign – working for eco-friendly, health-friendly period care for all. She’s a teacher trainer for Rethink Periods, equipping teachers and nurses to deliver inclusive, up to date, holistic period education. Jas also founded Oceans Festival UK, campaigns in local politics and volunteers with SHE Changes Climate who are working for better gender representation amongst decision-makers.

Joshua Alade

I'm a positive youth development practitioner and a sustainability advocate. I work with Nigeria Youth SDGs Network (NGYouthSDGs) where I lead a campaign on meaningful youth engagement. NGYouthSDGs works with young leaders and youth stakeholders to advocate for policies that will help youth lead and thrive. I'm currently studying for a masters in Sustainable Development at the University of Bradford, courtesy of the Chevening Scholarship Awards.

Kirsty Chan

I'm a neurodiverse activist that advocates for using lived experience to lead and campaign authentically. My approach is intersectional - I use creative arts to process and challenge social justice. I am currently the Outreach Lead for Socialknowbility, a network for underrepresented students in Higher Education. I'm also a Research Centre Associate at the Young Women's Trust and an active participant of British Chinese Learning Difference Group. As a young person, I was active in anti-racist education through the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard and a Sutton Trust Alumni.

Tessa Qiu

I'm an organiser with Remember & Resist, a project seeking to expand abolitionist thinking and practice within East and Southeast Asian community organising in the UK. I am also a facilitator with Split Banana, who deliver inclusive and representative sex education to young people. I'm particularly interested in creating spaces to discuss and practice Transformative Justice, and what Grace Lee-Boggs calls ‘visionary organising'.

Lianna Etkind

I work for social enterprise Civic, leading community engagement on the Future Libraries Initiative. I have significant campaigning experience across social justice and sustainability organisations including London Community Land Trust, Campaign for Better Transport, Sustain and Transport for All. Lianna holds an MA in Community Organising, where I wrote a dissertation on the potential for a campaign for a shorter working week. Outside work, I enjoy books, sea swimming and cooking for friends.

Nina Franco

I'm a visual artist, activist and facilitator working with organisations to develop and facilitate art projects and workshops. I have been exhibiting my art in museums and galleries worldwide and I'm also part of grassroots Afro-Latinx collectives in London. My art is focused on the intersectionality of gender, migration and Black identity. As an art facilitator, my work is rooted in healing justice and community care, centring folks who are disproportionately affected by institutional racism and anti-migration laws.