A run down of our 15th Bootcamp!

We loved meeting the various campaigners and activists that joined us for the 15th Bootcamp – so we thought we would share that experience with you.

Our 15th Bootcamp wrapped up on 26th April and just like the cohort, we’ve needed a little time to recover from an intense six days of skill learning and community building. 

This Bootcamp involved some exciting changes to the programme, new additions to the facilitation team, the introduction of Creative Clubs and some new folks in the operations team! Here’s a run down of the six-day training and information on how you could join us next year.

The Campaigners

[from left to right] Florence, Aggie, Zunaira, Raj, Calu and Jola
Here’s a selection of the campaigners from across the UK (and Lebanon) who attended a range of workshops and discussions in the leafy outskirts of London:-

Florence campaigns to stop the stigma experienced by people living with HIV. Her place was funded by The Paul Hamlyn Scholarship for Migrant Campaigners.

Aggie campaigns on the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. Her place was funded by The James Gary Aspinall Scholarship for Merseyside Campaigners.

Zunaira explores ways environmental messaging can be made more relatable for all people. Her place was funded by The Greenpeace Scholarship.

Raj campaigns against racism and fascism. His place was funded by The General Scholarship for BME people outside of London.

Calu is a non-binary Latinx activist passionate about LGBTQ+ visibility and representation. Their place was funded by The Paul Hamlyn Scholarship for Migrant Campaigners.

Jola campaigns for the rights of BME and migrant women and girls. Her place was funded by The Susan Cook Scholarship for Disabled Campaigners.

Have a browse of the full cohort and learn about their campaigning here!  

The Core Bootcamp Syllabus

Bootcamp teaches campaigning skills and skills you might need when working within campaigning groups. Grace, Josh, Nim, Tamara-Jade, Rif, Rowan and Noni facilitated learning opportunities for the group and supported the budding activists to up their campaigning game through interactive team building scenarios.

Sulafah, Michelle and Zunaria. Tobi, Pauline and Nadia. Alison, Sagar, Nancy and Florence.

The Bootcamp Workshops

Kat Sladden ran a comms sessions where the group dissected stories and headlines from newspapers as well as shared good practice to get your story out there to right publication(s.) Kahra Wayland-Larty and Faizan Fiaz popped by to run two separate sessions – Kahra ran a session on how to make campaign videos and get them to go viral, and Faizan ran a session for folks wanting to learn to make videos on their smartphones.

This year, we have introduced Creative Clubs, offering ways to reflect on learning creatively and support wellbeing. This year Seda Yildiz led a yoga workshop, activist and photographer Obi Ezenwoye ran a drop-in photography studio to take headshots of participants, artist Rami Yasir ran a poetry workshop, Ellen Jones ran a workshop around art and activism and Liv Cornibert from the Legally Black campaign ran an ad-hacking workshop.

Campaigner Stories and Performances

Tamara-Jade, Sabah, Sohail and Patrick

In the first panel of the week, Matt Zarb-Cousin spoke about his work with Fairer Gambling, a successful campaign he was involved in against fixed odds betting terminals. In the second panel, the theme was hostility faced by migrants and POC people in the UK. Patrick Vernon spoke about his recent work around Windrush, Sabah Choudrey spoke about campaigning as a trans person of colour and Sohail Jannesari focused on migrants rights organising and campaigning.

To wrap up the weeks evening activities, Drag king Chiyo Gomes swang by to perform some of their work, followed by an open mic for Bootcampers that included dance, song, poetry and a whole lot of Missy Elliot and Lizzo’s “Tempo.”

Chiyo Gomes

Fancy being part of the next Bootcamp?

Our 17th Bootcamp (which happens in October) is now open for applications! Join our mailing list using the form below to be one of the first to know when applications open! You can also email the team with any questions: [email protected]

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