Community Action Training

Community Action Training brings together community members to learn how to take action on issues of poverty and other social, political, environmental and economic injustices. It builds the capacity of community members to become effective change-makers through individual coaching and group workshops.

Learn to navigate the system and to advocate for yourself and others. This 12 week workshop will provide you with the tools to build confidence and community. Topics covered include:

  • Community Resources
  • Advocacy for Everyone
  • Introduction to Collaborative Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Govt 101
  • Self-care

This group is open to all but gives priority to low income community members. Participants will receive a gift card for groceries for each session they attend. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for open positions as Peer Advocates in the Community Advocacy Office.

For more information or to register please contact Beth Schilling at 613- 267-6428 ext. 4 or email beth@thetablecfc.org

A story about Community Action Training

Brandy was unsure about taking the Community Advocacy Program in January 2012. She did not attend the first class and nearly talked herself out of going the next week.

For the first few weeks she mostly observed the group and then slowly she began to contribute and share her thoughts and opinions. In March she attended the AGM where a debate arose about changing the organization’s name from The Perth and District Food Bank to The Table Community Food Centre. There were many “high powered” community members in attendance and there was some hesitancy to make the change.

Brandy stood up in front of the full room and shared how it felt to her, as a food bank user, to have to face the stigma of using the food bank. She said she would like the name to change to reflect all that was happening here at the center and to alleviate the shame of using the food bank services. The motion passed and we have since changed our name.

Brandy went on to complete the CAT and to become a peer advocate. She has been involved in various social justice activities at the centre and has arranged several clothing swaps, worked on a free haircutting initiative and is working on an up-coming budgeting workshop.

Brandy ultimately left the Community Advocacy Office and returned to college where she obtained her Social Service Worker diploma from Algonquin College in Perth.