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Organising for Change

Engage, Educate, Empower

‘Don’t just get angry, get organised’.

When RCN members come together, we can achieve real change – in our workplace, community and society.

Our collective power is greater than the sum of our parts. With that power, we can influence locally and nationally to fight for what nursing and our patients need.

Professional standards, pay, staffing levels, employment rights, workplace safety or any other issue we face – together, we can make real impact. 

Register your interest

Sign-ups for our Skills for Organising and Organizing for Power sessions have now closed, however, if you would like to be kept up to date with our Organising for Change work, you can do so via our register your interest form.

We are changing the way we support members in their workplace. We are beginning to create a new organising model that is 100% unique to the character of our membership.

Organising is an approach to making positive change happen, where you identify the issues, come together and bring about solutions on your own terms. Successful organising is achieved largely by supporting you to build strong networks and invest in your leadership capability. 

We will continue to provide the support and services that members expect. The goal now is to give you more. More resources, more skills and more opportunities to act on what matters to you.   

Organizing for Power is a six-week organising course offered to RCN members free of charge in partnership with Jane McAlevey and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Sessions will take place online using Zoom. Registrations for this course have now closed.

The course focuses on core principles of organising and some of the skills you need to put these principles into practice in order to help build collective power in your workplace and your community. This includes topics such as:

  • Leader identification – how to identify and foster leadership capability within your peer networks
  • Semantics – how the ways in which we talk about the union can encourage and discourage action
  • Organising conversations – how to engage with peers to effectively build workplace activity
  • Charting your workforce – mapping workers, issues and where power lies to help us win
  • Structure tests – how to test and measure your collective ability to win change

The course will run for six sessions across six weeks on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 18 May 2021, 5-7pm BST
  • Tuesday 25 May 2021, 5-7pm BST
  • Tuesday 1 June 2021, 5-7pm BST
  • Tuesday 8 June 2021, 5-7pm BST
  • Tuesday 15 June 2021, 5-7pm BST
  • Tuesday 22 June 2021, 5-7pm BST