Action Community Organising Southwark

Safe Sick Pay: Community Organising in the ESOL classroom

By Adela Belecova, EFA teacher-organiser and Campaigning lead We had a great training on community organising by Iris from the Centre for Progressive Change (CPC) in last Saturday’s Southwark ESOL class. Thank you very much, Iris — you made the training really accessible for students of all English levels, and we learned a lot!  During […]

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Scenes from EFA’s Brent Hub: Haiku Writing Week

In four of his classes this week, our Brent hub lead, Robin, got students writing Haikus. For each group, it served a different function. Check out Robin’s reflections on the exercise below: For the Domestic Workers (members of one one our brilliant partners), it was primarily a mode of metaphorical thinking and creativity, a stand-alone […]

#LoveESOL Action Community Organising

This is Community Organising! EFA’s South London hubs host ESOL student-led Community Day

Shared by Adela Belecova, EFA teacher-organiser + Campaigning & Community Organising Lead ‘This is Community Organising, working together to build power: Together, we are powerful! Together, we can get better conditions! Together we can change the world for the better and improve our lives!’ exclaimed student leader Pedro as he concluded an interactive presentation on […]

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Back to Basics: Community Organising in the Classroom

Shared by EFA teacher-organiser Dermot Bryers, Pedagogy Lead In class, we’ve been looking at EFA, Citizens UK, and the Living Wage campaign in recent weeks. Students compared the two organisations using their knowledge from previous lessons and the projects’ respective websites in terms of: It produced lots of interesting discussion and emerging language. The emerging […]

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Changing the Rules Onstage: Legislative Theatre Training with Katy Rubin

By Kasia Blackman, EFA teacher-organiser and Southwark Hub Lead Civic change practitioner Katy Rubin, formerly of TONYC, throws a sentence starter out to the group, inviting us to complete it with a sound and image. ‘Democracy is…’ The room is quickly filled with wails, shrugs, shouts of anger, swearing and laughter as we wave our […]

Action Community Organising Training

The Art of Community Organising: A 6-day training with Citizens UK

By Kasia Blackman, EFA Teacher-Organiser and Southwark Hub Lead Seven of us face each other across a table in the centre of the room, surrounded by a ring of spectators, as the Trainer-Organiser writes ‘DEATH’ in black marker pen across the board. She explains, nonchalantly, that the three people beside me and I have just […]

#LoveESOL Action Campaigns

#LoveESOL Campaign Picnic: Providing an ‘End-of-Year’ report for the Mayor of London

On Thursday, 14 July, over 100 people from the #LoveESOL campaign alliance gathered in the sunshine at the foot of Tower Bridge. ESOL students, teachers, volunteers and campaign allies came together to strengthen relationships, celebrate our work and evaluate the progress that the Greater London Authority (GLA) has made on the Mayor’s ESOL (English for […]

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Participatory ESOL in Action: Talking domestic work and organising in the classroom

The following blog post was written by EFA teacher-organiser Anne McConnell, who leads our Hackney and Tower Hamlets hubs and teaches in Greenwich. Following on from the solidarity Black London walk and demonstration with the Voice of Domestic Workers, I shared my experience with my Greenwich Beginner class: Students responded to the photo and slogans […]

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EFA on the road: A new direction for Forum Theatre?

Last week, Edinburgh-based Theatre of the Oppressed group Active Inquiry brought Julian Boal to Scotland to give a three-day training that brought together theatre practitioners, educators and activists from around the UK. A couple of us from EFA made the journey and are really glad we did. For those new to this, Theatre of the […]


Language barriers in healthcare

Written by EFA Teacher-Organiser Fatime Jadallah A couple of weeks ago we finished the topic of health care in one of my Brent classes (online). The theme emerged from check-ins. One of my students said that they had to go to the hospital, but struggled a lot with language. ‘Language barrier in health care’ seemed […]