Workshop for Social Activists

‘Nonviolence for a Change’ – TRAINING COURSE

Campaigners do it together! How we make change, this is the fourth workshop in a year-long series about the effective use of nonviolence for social change. This session pulls together the threads of the first three sessions: nonviolence, power, and change/conflict and focuses in the basic and finer points of planning and strategy for social change.

We reserve some spaces for one-day participants. Booking is essential. Fee is £35 per workshop (concessions available).
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Turning The Tide’, the team who run the course, has successfully trained campaigning skills to people within the UK and overseas since 1994, strengthening their ability to use nonviolence strategically and effectively for social change


Fuel Poverty Workshop

Leeds University Fuel Poverty Action presents The Fuel Poverty Workshop – this is a change to find out more about fuel poverty from key campaigners and to discuss how the issue affects students and what we can do about it.


According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change a household is said to be living in fuel poverty, “if it needs to spend more than 10 per cent of its income on fuel to maintain an adequate level of warmth”. Fuel Poverty is a massive issue for Leeds – the NHS has estimated that around 1 in 5 private tenants in Leeds are affected by fuel poverty. 


The profiteering of the so-called ‘Big Six’ energy companies has pushed energy bills ever higher – producing a killer £8.55bn in profits for them in 2010. This contrasts sharply with the estimation from some advocacy groups that around 200 elderly and vulnerable people will die a day in the UK as a direct result of living in fuel poverty. Moreover, when roughly 27% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from heating buildings, the decision to drastically reduce successful sustainable energy schemes like the ‘feed-in tariff’ and the cuts to grants for home insulation due next year raise serious questions about the government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, and Leeds City Council’s pledge to reduce city-wide emissions by 40% by 2020. Fuel poverty is a complicated issue that requires equally complicated answers, and to that extent Leeds University Fuel Poverty Action has invited three NGOs campaigning on different aspects of the puzzle to take part in an information session and workshop focussing on Fuel Poverty and the student population in Leeds.

Confirmed Speakers: 

Simon Bowens, Leeds Friends of the Earth – the Big Six and the ‘Final Demand’ campaign
Sue Mann & Sally Whittingham, Age Concern – Fuel Poverty in Leeds
Tom Hughes, Christian Aid – Fuel Poverty and Climate Change

Presentations will be followed by a discussion on the relationship between fuel poverty and the student population in key areas of the city, as well as how students can campaign and take action on the issues in a wider context.