Labour Community Advocate Training

Labour Community Advocate Training

October 16, 2017

The dates are Monday evenings: January 8, 2018 – March 5, 2018 Cost: $175 which includes all meals and course materials

Training Dates: Level 1 Sessions

Niagara Regional Labour Council Office:1 Ormond St. South Unit 2, Thorold

1 session per week for 9 weeks: Monday Evenings 6:00pm-9:00pm

January 8, 2018 - March 5, 2018

Cost: $175/person (includes meals, refreshments and course materials)

RSVP TO Shana Shipperbottom: 905-688-5050 ext. 114 or Cell: 905-719-5445

or email: shana@stcatharines.unitedway.ca


Labour Community Advocates have three roles:

►► To link workers facing workplace, personal or family challenges with resources in the community;

►► To identify community issues where the union can play a role, through collective bargaining or social action; and

►► To support community activism among union members, unions and labour organizations.

This Canadian Labour Congress training program is delivered by Labour Programs and Services staff and funded through United Way Centraide.

What do they do?

Labour  Community Advocates are trained Union Members who provide a link between the workplace and community.

►► Provide information to the union local and its members about community services.

►► Listen and provide a resource where union members can safely and confidentially discuss a problem they are facing and identify how to proceed.

►► Make referrals to appropriate community services and act as a link or bridge for union members.

►► Follow-up and ensure that referrals are appropriate, services meet the member’s needs, and support systems are in place once the member returns to his/her job.

►► Act as a liaison to the community on behalf of the local and support member and union involvement in the community.

►► Engage in prevention and union action by identifying issues that are having an impact on members and the community, and to identify ways the local union can respond.

What do Labour Community Advocates learn?

This program provides participants with information about the social issues faced by working people and the resources available in their community.  Participants are trained in communication skills, interviewing and referral techniques so they can assist union members find the appropriate resources. The program also allows participants to explore the ways in which unions and other labour bodies can help build resilient and respectful communities.

The program provides an opportunity for Labour Community Advocates from different unions affiliated to the Canadian Labour Congress to discuss their experiences and share ideas. It also provides training on community involvement, including the way community boards work and how to become an effective advocate on social issues.