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Faith leaders and community groups

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Community groups and faith leaders play a crucial role in ensuring safety in local areas. Our workshops are designed to help local communities spot far-right activity in their local area, recognise signs of radicalisation and give advice on how to intervene safely.

Far-right awareness course

  • Who is it for? Faith leaders and community groups
  • Course length 2-3 hours

Tailored to the needs of faith leaders and community groups, our far-right awareness course provides detailed information about the far right’s activities in the UK, the history of the movement, as well as the severity of the current threat.

Drawing on our own experience of far-right groups’ recruitment methods, we highlight how the far right operates in local communities and its recruitment methods. The course is aimed at empowering influential local figures so they can counteract the impact of the far right in their communities.

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Mentoring

  • Who is it for? Faith leaders and community groups
  • Availability All year round

We work with local communities to support at-risk individuals. We offer mentorship programmes that will enable community groups and faith leaders to guide young people in their local areas and encourage interfaith dialogue. We help local figures expose the flaws in far-right narrative and offer credible alternatives to young people. Our mentoring programme is designed to help young people get out of the far right in a safe and non-judgemental way.

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National support service

  • Who is it for? Faith leaders and community groups
  • Availability All year round, annual fee applies

We offer year-round specialist support by phone or email to those who have previously received training from us. This service is designed to assist you with the next steps in tackling far-right extremism, answer follow-up questions and give advice on issues that may come up during your work within your communities. You will also receive a 10% discount on all training booked throughout the year.

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What people say about our work

Nigel’s is the best training I have attended by a mile. I can’t stress enough how valuable the work Small Steps is doing to reduce hate and prevent radicalisation in our communities. There is something everyone in a community can do and Nigel opens your eyes to the possibilities. He a very brave person and I have learned things from Nigel and Small Steps that I will continue to drive forward within my own life and work.

Victoria Sylvester
Managing director
Acacia Training

The knowledge of Small Steps, the practical and localised examples that they used and the interactivity of the course, all enabled practitioners to ask the questions they normally might not feel comfortable to ask. We were able to hold difficult conversations about local issues and concerns, and received 100% positive feedback from participants.

 
 
Samiya Butt
Prevent & Cohesion Coordinator
Manchester City Council

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How to spot signs of far-right radicalisation

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A recent history of far-right violence in the UK

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