SIAA facilitates many training events, roundtables, and information sharing sessions specifically intended for independent advocacy organisations. These events are member-only and designed to provide you with new skills, build organisational capacity and provide an opportunity for you to share your views on key policy topics relevant to human rights and independent advocacy.

SIAA also run regular online peer support sessions. The peer support sessions are informal opportunities for you to meet colleagues from across the sector, share ideas and provide mutual support. We run sessions for managers and sessions for staff once a month.

Find out more about upcoming events and peer support sessions, and sign up below!

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Virtual Office Hour

Online

Please note: July's office hour will take place on Friday due to other events happening on Thursday. Pop into our virtual office every second Thursday of the month! It’s an opportunity to ask questions, put forward requests, and give feedback in an informal setting. We’re keen to connect with our members on a regular basis…

Peer Support for Advocacy Leaders (Working with unprecedented demand)

Online

Being a leader in an independent advocacy organisation can be incredibly rewarding, but it comes with its own set of challenges. Whether you're facing issues with hybrid working, feeling overwhelmed by never-ending referrals, or navigating many stakeholders in a tricky funding landscape, you're not alone! That's why we're excited to invite you to join our…

Peer support: Citizen Advocacy

Online

This Zoom session is a chance to connect, share knowledge, and exchange experiences with colleagues facing similar challenges. It’s intended for all citizen advocates, development managers, and any other staff member involved in planning or delivering citizen advocacy. This is a recurring meeting that will take place every 3 months. Registration is required! Click the…

Peer support: Prisons, forensic settings, criminal justice

Online

This Zoom session is a chance to connect, share knowledge, and exchange experiences with colleagues facing similar challenges. It’s intended for all individual and collective advocates, administration & support staff, managers, chief executives, and any other worker at SIAA member organisation that supports advocacy partners in prisons (including liberated from prison), forensic settings, criminal justice…

Virtual Office Hour

Online

Pop into our virtual office every second Thursday of the month! It’s an opportunity to ask questions, put forward requests, and give feedback in an informal setting. We’re keen to connect with our members on a regular basis and hear about the successes and challenges to provide relevant support. If you require any support in…

Peer support: Open to everyone

Online

This Zoom session is a chance to connect, share knowledge, and exchange experiences with colleagues facing similar challenges. It’s intended for all individual and collective advocates, administration & support staff, managers, chief executives, and any other worker at SIAA member organisation. If you’re reading this, you’re invited! This is a recurring meeting that will take place…

Peer Support for Advocacy Leaders (Hybrid and flexible working)

Online

Being a leader in an independent advocacy organisation can be incredibly rewarding, but it comes with its own set of challenges. Whether you're facing issues with hybrid working, feeling overwhelmed by never-ending referrals, or navigating many stakeholders in a tricky funding landscape, you're not alone! That's why we're excited to invite you to join our…

Peer support: Collective Advocacy

Online

This Zoom session is a chance to connect, share knowledge, and exchange experiences with colleagues facing similar challenges. It’s intended for collective advocacy workers, managers, supporting staff, and any other worker that is involved in collective advocacy provision. This is a recurring meeting that will take place every 6 weeks. Registration is required! Click the…

Virtual Office Hour

Online

Pop into our virtual office every second Thursday of the month! It’s an opportunity to ask questions, put forward requests, and give feedback in an informal setting. We’re keen to connect with our members on a regular basis and hear about the successes and challenges to provide relevant support. If you require any support in…

Peer Support for Advocacy Leaders (Governance)

Online

Being a leader in an independent advocacy organisation can be incredibly rewarding, but it comes with its own set of challenges. Whether you're facing issues with hybrid working, feeling overwhelmed by never-ending referrals, or navigating many stakeholders in a tricky funding landscape, you're not alone! That's why we're excited to invite you to join our…

Peer support: Non-instructed advocacy

Online

This Zoom session is a chance to connect, share knowledge, and exchange experiences with colleagues facing similar challenges. It’s intended for all individual and collective advocates, managers, and any other worker involved in planning or delivering non-instructed advocacy. This is a recurring meeting that will take place every 3 months. Registration is required! Click the…

I’ve found the Managers Peer to Peer support sessions invaluable; it feels supportive and safe and as a relatively new CEO it really has helped build my confidence as well as relationships with peers. Thank you.

SIAA member, 2022

I have enjoyed the SIAA training events I have attended and I have been able to attend more than I would have in the past due to courses being on zoom etc.

SIAA member, 2022

I found it really helpful to be connected to a larger group and to hear the variety of perspectives from others as we all face the impact of the coronavirus on our organisations, people, clients and key stakeholders.

SIAA member, 2020

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