Seeking to develop a network of people in a local area, the aim of this training is to support people who wish to be able to talk to local people who may have concerns that might lead them to support the far-right, but are not yet engaged.
Educating people so they not only understand why people look to far-right extremism for answers, we want people to become a listening ear in the community, so people don’t have to turn to extremists to be listened to.
Finding out what people’s concerns are, community champions listen to people’s worries and then can signpost people to local partners and other support services, so individuals don’t succumb to extremist messaging and put themselves in danger.
Creating community resilience to extremism, this programme is about improving the local community and assisting people who may feel lonely or isolated to look to the community for support, not extremists who may use them.
More than just a listening ear, Community Champions are a vital link to opening the door for people in need to get the support they need to reduce the appeal of extremism.
Upskilling all attendees to be able to have difficult conversations with people supportive of a far-right narrative, we show people how to open up conversations, create a safe space and challenge peoples support for the far-right, highlighting how ALL extremism is wrong and involvement hurts those involved, their families and the communities people live in.
Delivered by people who have either been involved in far-right extremism themselves, parents who have had a child involved or a mentor who supports people to leave extremism, we offer a unique insight into this world, from first-hand experience.
Also included as part of this training is access to our unique online Support Hub which offers continued information and is only available to training attendees. This includes access to shortened PDF presentations, videos, podcasts, blog articles and more so people can have conversations within people’s communities to reduce the appeal of the extremist’s narrative and in turn, weaken its appeal.