COMMUNITY leaders and Labour Party members joined together to learn more about ‘community organising’ at the weekend.
The training session – delivered by Movement 4 Change – outlined the principles of ‘community organising’, as well as looking in detail at the importance of relationship-building in bringing about change.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds helped to get the event underway with fellow Tameside MPs David Heyes (Ashton) and Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish).
He hopes the session will empower residents and campaigners to work together to bring about the change they want to see in their communities.
Following the event, he said: “At the core of community organising – just as in the Labour Party and the trade union movement - is the belief that by working together people have the power to change their communities for the better.
“It provides an approach to politics that helps define the common good and to campaign for it.
“And it is the backbone of organisations such as London Citizens and Citizens UK – which have put issues such as the Living Wage high on the national agenda and which now has the power to hold political leaders to account.
“I am delighted that so many people from across Tameside have seized on the opportunity to learn more about it at the training session.
“But I also hope that they will find ways to use the principles they have learned to play a part in building better communities.”