Salvage capacity-building workshop series: Register now!

Why capacity-building workshops?

Building on our experience of facilitating workshops with activists who wanted to better identify, challenge and prevent gendered violence in their communities, there was a need to figure out ways to better support and increase capacity of activists currently involved in community accountability processes, safer spaces and consent activism across the UK.
This work can be very isolating, exhausting and challenging and commonly falls to a handful of individuals (often survivors) who can quickly become burnt out. We also wanted to create spaces to bring people together to talk about ways to build a network and develop this work so that it is more sustainable, reflective and intersectional as well as develop and share our facilitation skills and challenges in doing this work.
  • All workshops are free although spaces are limited to 10 per workshop (don’t let this put you off though – please do register even if you feel like you have not done ‘enough’ of this work or have a lot of ‘experience’. This is your space. We will operate a first come first served policy until all spaces are filled and then we will open a wait list in case any spaces open up)
  • There is support available to pay for travel expenses.
  • All venues are accessible and lunch and refreshments will be provided.
  • We will be prioritising people who are already engaged in accountability, safer spaces and consent work within activist communities in this workshop series
  • You do not have to be a member of the salvage collective but you are more than welcome to get involved.
  • You can also help us to spread the word about the workshops by printing out and distributing this Flyer for us in your local social centre, book shop or at events.

Workshop information

Workshop 1: White supremacy 101 and effective white allyship & workshop skill-share/training on mindfulness and anti-oppressive practice 
Date/time: Saturday 29 April 2017 10am-4:45pm
Venue: Room J4, Junction 3 Library (Baptist Mills Court, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0FJ)
Facilitators: Katie Finnegan (The Collective Liberation Project) & Nate Eisenstadt (Kebele/EcoDharma)

At our research report-zine launch Camille Kumar (Imkaan) kindly offered us some questions to help us to interrogate white supremacy in our research that also has implications for our radical social justice activist practices and communities. In this workshop we will focus on understanding how oppression works, the need to value and centre marginalised perspectives and voices, and develop strategies for self-directed learning and tools that we can use in our everyday lives to create supportive and just communities.

Workshop 2: Workshop skill-share/training
Date/time: Saturday 13 May 2017 10am-5pm 
Venue: Future Learn/Open University Camden (Room 2a, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP)
Facilitator: Hannah Lewis (Navigate)
A workshop that focuses on developing the skills and confidence to design and facilitate engaging and experiential workshops on issues such as sexual violence and consent. We’ll share experiences of facilitating workshops, ideas about how people learn, and some tips of the trade that we’ve picked up over the years. You’ll apply all this to design your own workshop session, practice facilitating, and receive feedback from peers.
Workshop 3: Sustainable activism – Avoiding burnout and developing a network of care and support for each other 
Date/time: Sunday 14 May 2017 10am-5pm
Venue: The Common House (Unit 5E Pundersons Gardens, Bethnal Green, London E2 9QG)

Facilitators: Molly Carroll & Kathryn Tulip (Navigate)

There can be enormous challenges in consistently facing and seeking to transform society, which take their toll on us – impacting our relationships, our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing and the effectiveness of our work. To help us stay nourished, creative and inspired to continue this work, we need to value our own health and wellbeing, develop practices that increase our resilience, support each other and create ways of organising together that help us thrive. Through a selection of individual, pair and group reflections and exercises we will explore tools and perspectives which value our wellbeing and sustainability.

Workshop 4: Salvage collective strategy day
Date/time: Saturday 17 June 2017 10am-5pm
Venue: Future Learn/Open University (Room 2a, 1-11 Hawley Cres, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP)
Facilitator: Hannah Lewis (Navigate)
What’s next for us? We will spend a day developing our strategy to help us get to grips with the issues we’re facing, and get clear how we can do this work more effectively. We will work on narrowing down bigger picture problems into more manageable parts and use creative tools to help us learn skills for strategy and develop a birds-eye view on the future of our work.

Want to sign up?

It would be super helpful if you could fill in this Registration Form and email it back to us: Please remember to include travel information if you would like us to book and pay for your travel in advance.

Registration is now open for our workshops

Identifying, challenging and preventing gendered violence in your activist group, organisation and community
Free 1-day workshops facilitated by the salvage collective
The salvage collective brings together women, transgender and non-binary survivors and activists who experience gender oppression, violence and abuse in activist communities. We aim to provide a network to share experiences, resources, skills and build communities of belief, support and action.
We recently launched a zine-report and toolkit from our first research project to help develop knowledge and resources to challenge gendered violence in activist communities.
We are very happy to facilitate a series of free one-day workshops funded by the Feminist Review Trust across the UK:
Saturday 5 November: Glasgow Autonomous Space
Sunday 6 November: Next to Nowhere, Liverpool
Saturday 19 November: Broadacre House, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sunday 27 November: YMCA, Cardiff
Sunday 4 December: DIY Space for London
The workshops start at 10am and finish at 5:30pm at the latest. Food and refreshments will be provided. Activists of all genders are welcome.
Places are on a first come first served basis however if the workshops are over-subscribed priority will be given to activists with disciplinary, complaints, safer spaces, accountability and policy responsibilities.
For more information and to register for a place head on over to our workshops page.

Funding News!

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Some brilliant news to share. We have been awarded £4,434.90 from the Feminist Review Trust to deliver a series of workshops in London, Bradford, Newcastle, Cardiff and Edinburgh with social justice movement groups provisionally titled ‘How to Best Respond to Sexual Violence within your Organisation/Group’. They will run in summer 2016 after the salvage research project findings are launched. These workshops will enable us to share our research findings and help to put them into practice. Specifically the workshops aim to help activists identify and challenge sexism and abuse within their groups. More broadly they aim to transform social justice movements into safer, inclusive and more effective movements in which women can transform their lives and provoke social change.

We will start working on this project in the new year. If you are interested in hosting, co-facilitating or making sure your group and/or organisation gets the opportunity to attend please get in touch


Next Workshop at LaDIYfest Sheffield 29 Nov 2014

Gendered Abuse & Violence in Radical Activist Communities Workshop 14:15 – 15:15

Content note: discussion about sexual violence, rape, abuse, rape culture, victim-blaming, collusion and silence Salvage aims to bring together self-identified women, queers and transfolks who have experienced gender oppression, violence and abuse in activist communities to share experiences, resources and build communities of belief, support and action. Experiences of gendered violence within activist circles undermine core principles and can leave women, queers and transfolks with little choice but to distance themselves from collective organisation and activist spaces. This workshop aims to bring together those who have been affected by violence and abuse in their activist communities to explore the barriers that survivors face in identifying and speaking out about gendered violence. This workshop will explore these issues using case studies and group discussion.

LaDIYfest Sheffield is happening on Saturday 29 November. Workshops are running in the Quaker Meeting House (10 St James’ St) between 11am – 5:30pm, with vegan food and refreshments for sale, zines, stalls, a quiet room and a supervised children’s area. These workshops are open to all genders and workshop guidelines and a safe space policy are available here. There is a suggested donation of £6 for the day-time event or £8 for both events (including the evening show at The Redhouse, 168 Solly Street), but people attending are welcome to pay as much or as little as they can afford. No one will be turned away due to a lack of funds.