Campaign Bootcamp are back from furlough… and welcoming four new team members

Find out more about our new staff at Campaign Bootcamp! We’ve asked them about their campaigns, hobbies and what they are most excited for in their new roles.

Over the past month, the Campaign Bootcamp team returned from furlough and welcomed four new staff members to our expanding Bootcamp team! We’ve asked the members to introduce themselves to the Bootcamp community so that you can learn a bit more about them and their interests. Read on to find out more!

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Olivia is our Senior Fundraising Coordinator. She will be assisting the Fundraising team with working on fundraising bids.

What are you most excited about in your new role?
I’m really excited to take on new responsibilities and develop my confidence in fundraising at an organisation that really aligns with my personal values. I have just completed full-time work placement from the year-long Charityworks Graduate Scheme and I’m excited to take the skills I learnt during this to a more advanced role. Even though it will be challenging, I’m prepared to be pushed out of my comfort zone and can already tell that the Campaign Bootcamp team will be supportive and encouraging! 

What campaigning are you passionate about?
I’m fuelled by a commitment to stamping out injustices in all their various forms. At university, I became very active in the decolonising curriculums movement and campaigned on a decolonised Geography curriculum. We worked really hard to organise a panel event as part of the ‘Why is My Curriculum White?’ campaign and it helped me build skills on how to communicate with different stakeholders. As a queer Black woman, I’m really active in campaigning on the importance of spaces for Queer, Trans, and Intersex People of Colour (QTIPOC) and encouraging the LGBTQ+ community to address and challenge its racism.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I’m an avid reader. In terms of fiction, I love psychological thrillers like Gone Girl, but I also enjoy non-fiction books on intersectional feminism and race. I also really enjoy doing weight training at the gym – it does wonders for not just my physical health, but mental health too!

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Charlotte is our Distance Learning Support Coordinator. She will be supporting training attendees with accessing our online training.

What are you most excited about in your new role?
I’m super excited to get to know my team and the rest of my colleagues better, Campaign Bootcamp has such a diverse workforce with tonnes of amazing campaigning experience and I’m learning so much from my new colleagues already! I’m also really excited to begin supporting training sessions and to get to see the fantastic trainers in action.

What campaigning are you passionate about?
I am a passionate environmentalist and I feel the environment is such an important area of campaigning as it literally affects every single being on the planet! Although I don’t believe we have a fair and proportionally representative voting system, I’m passionate about the belief that people should be empowered to vote and participate in our political system so we can ensure the people representing us are more representative! Finally, I am interested in awareness campaigns about hidden illnesses, primarily mental health conditions.  Our society has a long way to go in accepting those with mental health issues and I believe this can only be done by spreading awareness.  

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am very much a homebody so I love spending time with my cat and looking after my plants.  I’m always finding ways to update our home with upcycling and craft projects and sourcing random vintage pieces online.  I am a self-taught artist and I’m starting a distance learning Illustration Masters. I am an advocate for trash tv for the soul – it really helps me relax and is great for my mental health

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Teresa is our Distance Learning Trainer. She will be co-leading our online training sessions.

What campaigning are you passionate about?
I’m really excited by all the possibilities that come with distance learning! While it can seem that online spaces stifle human connection, I believe that they can actually help us become more intentional and deliberate in the way we relate to other people, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how this manifests within the Bootcamp community! Also very excited to meet so many people driven to make our world better!

What campaigning are you passionate about?
I’m most passionate about mental health and environmentalism, particularly about the way these two topics intersect with practically all campaigning work. They were my door into campaigning and they continue to bring me into new and exciting spaces throughout social justice movements.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
In my free time I can be found cooking all sorts of fun and funky foods, sticking my hands into some sourdough, brewing kombucha, absentmindedly walking, camping (if Scottish weather allows it!), as well as writing poetry now and then!

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Micheal is our Microgrants Manager. He will be running our upcoming Microgrants scheme.

What are you most excited about in your new role?
I’m most excited about seeing the difference that small amounts of money will make to the alumni and to their communities. I’m really looking forward to getting to know graduates and hearing from them about barriers they face in raising funds, and hopefully getting them involved in the delivery of the programme.

What campaigning are you passionate about?
Campaigns that fight for equality for the LGBTQ+ community, particularly those focusing on trans rights and intersectionality. I’m also passionate about supporting campaigns for refugees and asylum seekers. I work for a major funder in the UK and I know that trans people and refugees & asylum seekers face some of the most challenging barriers in accessing much-needed funds, services and support.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Walking my dog Willow and playing board games – both essential for surviving lockdown. Anything that celebrates queer culture – books, TV, films, podcasts, art. I like trying new recipes for cooking as well but I’m really slow and have to at least double timings for recipes!

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