A year at Campaign Bootcamp: our 2021 highlights

We look back at the last year and how we’ve come together as a community and continued to deliver impactful training amidst the pandemic.

2021 has been another tough year for us all. While we haven’t been able to return to in-person trainings, we’ve continued to run programmes online and bring communities together up and down the UK (and beyond!).

From our new trainings, to Bootcampers taking to the streets of Glasgow for COP26, here are five highlights from the year.

Over 100 Bootcamp campaigners joined our Communities of Resistance conference

Communities of Resistance is our annual conference, bringing together Bootcampers for a series of activist workshops and events, led by folks from our community.

We had over 100 people join us online in March, featuring everything from a cookalong with Ash Sakur to activist bingo across 3 days. And it was the first time we hosted Communities of Resistance online, too!

We launched three training programmes and welcomed new folks to our community 

Cut out images, with a pink outline on each photo, of the campaign trainers on the Beginners UNPACKED training programme
Beginners: UNPACKED trained facilitators, social justice activists and campaigners with the skills they need to run successful and impactful trainings.

While our in-person trainings have been on pause, we’ve delivered in-depth campaign programmes online including:

Age Activism

Eleven activists joined our Age Activism programme at the start of the year, with the first pilot training dedicated to campaigners over 60+ fighting for social care justice.

In November, we kicked off the second training with seven other activists from Leeds and Newcastle exploring issues on preserving and protecting green spaces, tackling senior bus pass limitations in Leeds and access to public seating and toilets in the city centre..

Ms A, one of the participants from the first Age Activism group, said: 

“The Age Activism training not only provided opportunities to meet other like-minded activists but also gave me training and skills to continue activism with enthusiasm and purpose. I have already used some skills acquired and it shows that learning never stops and is a continuous process; we need supportive and excellent training on a regular basis, whatever age!”

Sue Balcomb and Teresa Baños led the first Age Activism training, while Sue leads the second cohort.

Rooted in Resistance

Rooted in Resistance is our first programme dedicated to environmental activists of colour and racialised communities.

Over 12 weeks, 10 campaigners explored different areas of campaigning like building community, campaign strategy and transformative justice.

Sulaiman Khan, one of our graduates from the programme, shared his experience of Rooted in Resistance:

“I was crying throughout this training ( and still am), both in grief and joy. As a result of RiR, from now on, I will use the wisdom and skills learnt to have a greater impact with my campaigns and build upon the incredible network (who are now new friends) I became a part of.”

Our trainers, Karen Larbi and Nish Doshi, with guest trainer Bea Kabutakapua, led the programme.

Beginners: UNPACKED

Beginners: UNPACKED is our programme for facilitators and campaign trainers looking to gain more experience and skills to lead their own trainings.

We were joined by 11 campaigners in November on a four-day intensive course, with another group joining us in January.

Campaign Bootcamp’s Senior Trainer, Grace Jeremy, and facilitator Kennedy Walker, are leading this training.

And trained 145 people through our free online workshops

Teresa, our Distance Learning Trainer, led online workshops on social media activism, power mapping and much more as part of our distance learning programme.

One participant shared with us:

“The training affirmed me, awakened my passion for fairness and justice, gave me new friends and helped me consolidate my knowledge and experience which has increased confidence and belief in myself.”

We’re also running a free training for grassroots climate justice campaigners in January! Sign-up for your spot. 

94 Bootcampers were awarded microgrants from our Community Fund

Waleed, Drukthar and Yvonne are picturerd, cut out with a pink outline in a collage style on a teal background.
Our Community Fund supported over a 90 campaigners and activists in the Bootcamp community with their campaigns and access needs.

With funding from the Blagrave Foundation, Attainable and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, we partnered with alumni who received grants of up to £800.

From care packages for mothers and expecting people from asylum seeking communities in Glasgow, to kickstarting a craftivist campaign, here’s how the Bootcamp community supported their campaigning and activism with their grants.

The Bootcamp community also took to the streets of Glasgow for COP26

Four smiling Bootcampers (Yvonne, Guppi, Larissa and Mumbi) at COP26, cut out in a collage style on a teal background.
Yvonne, Guppi, Larissa and Mumbi caught up with Bootcamp trainer Nim Ralph at COP26.

Bootcamp residential trainer Nim Ralph caught up with Larissa, Yvonne, Guppi and Mumbi from the Bootcamp community at COP26.

They told us about how they got into activism, their top tips for budding campaigners, and more.

If you’re part of the Bootcamp community, we’d love to hear from you too. Let us know your campaigning highlights of 2021 and we’ll shout you out on our socials!

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