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20 - 25 May, 2018
Gilwell Park, near London.
Campaign Bootcamp is a week-long residential training that supports you to develop the skills, confidence, and community to run a great campaign. The training brings together 35 new campaigners from across the country (and sometimes from other parts of the world) to learn and build community together.
In the course of a week, Campaign Bootcamp will take you on a journey through planning and running an effective campaign, giving you space each day to work out how what you have learnt applies to the work you are doing. Each day has a different theme reflecting a different part of your campaign. By the end of the week you should come out with a campaign plan you can take forward for the next year or so.
Here's who will be joining us on Bootcamp 12:
I work for Time To Change as the North East and Yorkshire Children and Young Peoples Regional Coordinator. The campaign aims to change the conversation around mental health and to challenge stigma. I have worked as a youth worker for five years, and I care about young peoples voices being heard. Last year I trained as a journalist, and use my youth work to inform my writing. Developing a platform for those who are otherwise unable to find a voice really matters to me. I'm interested in social issues, health and wellbeing, politics and issues that affect young people.
I recently joined SumOfUs as a campaigner, where my campaigning focuses on the impact that business has on workers’ rights, discrimination, human rights, animal rights, corruption, and the environment in the UK.
I'm Chris, I currently campaign to end discrimination and attached stigma toward mental health. I care about the way people are treated, for example in a work place environment, I want individuals of all specific needs to be treated fairly.
I am passionate about women's rights and gender equality. Having worked for the Safe Abortion Action Fund at IPPF for 5 years, I have learned even more how intrinsic the ability to decide for yourself about your own body is to gender equality. Abortion is still not legally accessible in most of the world and unsafe abortion still causes a massive number of deaths and injury. I am passionate about working with people to advocate in their own countries to change these unjust laws that only harm women and the community at large.
I have been involved in a wide variety of campaigns over the best part of the last decade, ranging from free education to environmental protection. I am currently focused on community organising with ACORN Brighton, seeking to empower renters across the city and nationwide to tackle the housing crisis and change the rigged housing system for the benefit of all. Other passions of mine are sustainable living, climate and social justice.
I am a trans, bisexual and intersectional writer and activist. I work for the Equality Network, one of Scotland's LGBTI organisations, and through them I participated in the Equal Marriage and Equal Recognition campaigns. The first, already concluded, aimed to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples. The second, ongoing, aims to protect and improve the rights of trans people in Scottish law. I also want to start an awareness raising campaign about intersectionality and have it included in anti-discrimination law.
I am a Theatre Director that is on a mission to make democracy work again. I work with various communities in Birmingham to find creative ways of people using their voices to action change.
I’m a Lead Organiser with Fórsa, Ireland's largest public service trade union. I’m campaigning on housing, pension cuts, tax relief on trade union subscriptions, and the 'hidden heroes' in our health service, and organising a campaigning summer school for Fórsa. I was previously the national SU President in 2013-14, have sat on voluntary boards of NGO’s, and am the Chairperson of a small Irish party, the Social Democrats. I firmly believe that the trade union movement has a critical role to play in society, and my passion is to make trade unions more appealing, inclusive and effective.
I am the founder of Inini Initiative Limited, a social enterprise that campaigns for improved mental well-being within Black Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Warwickshire and the West Midlands. My organisation is looking to increase mental health awareness and help seeking behaviour, while reducing stigma and social exclusion within this target group. This is an important campaign because it promotes the empowerment of BME communities and in turn social cohesion.
Community organiser having spent several years fighting fracking in the North of England and further afield. Especially interested in working on related issues such as land and climate justice and ocean pollution. Passionately committed to intersectionality and cross-campaign solidarity.
I'm a campaigner based in Bordeaux, France. I launch campaigns in France but also at the international level. I recently joined SumOfUs but I've already had the opportunity to lead two main campaigns: one for the freedom of information in France and one global targeting a multinational company involved in colonization of Palestine. I'm a political activist from a working class background, and beside my work I also continue to resist intersectional discriminations in French or international struggle groups.
As a young woman I always thought the world would evolve into a better place. Unfortunately the evolution that I expected has not materialised . As long as 'isms' continue to be the source of human oppression and robbed opportunities, I will continue to be involved in campaigns.
I am a young woman who has been broken in pieces a million times, but rise up not only to fight for myself but also for many other women and children out there who are dying in silence. My conscience does not allow me to ignore things that needs change. I vow to die trying and be a change influencer!!
Private: Magdalena Szarota
I am a disabled woman with an invisible disability, part of the nascent grass-root movement of women with disabilities in Poland, and part of an international community of disability activists and scholars. In 2004 I co-founded the first association of women with disabilities in Poland: ONE.pl In 2006, with Monika Mazur-Rafał, I co-created Humanity in Action Poland which is part of the international human rights network Humanity in Action. I am working on a doctorate at the Polish Academy of Sciences and Lancaster University on the social consequences of activism of people with disabilities.
I'm Marlowe, a 20 year old student (they/them pronouns). I have been involved in organising for a number of years, particularly relating to campaigning for better trans healthcare and treatment of trans people. I have also recently gotten involved with supporting asylum seekers prepare for the battle against the Home Office. When I'm not organising, you can usually find me petting the nearest cat or buried in a massive pile of blankets.
I am a working mother, sister and friend, keen on helping protect the world for future generations, and I campaign on issues such as air pollution, renewable materials and energy efficiency.
I believe in justice and fairness. I am passionate about advocating for vulnerable women and children. I hope to become a constitution lawyer one day.
I am a mental health campaigner, after experiencing mental ill health from a young age, developing Anorexia Nervosa, not only feeling but seeing the pain mental illness can cause a person, and with the added stigma, discrimination and inequalities that go along with it, I cannot help but do all I can do to create change. Nobody should ever be mistreated, and certainly not because of their mental health, yet so many are.
I work at Emmaus Liverpool community, that helps homeless people and people that used to be homeless.
I am an Australian-born London-based campaigner, artist and writer with an interest in sex worker rights, intersectionality, indigenous rights and womxns rights. Currently my focus is on sex worker rights advocacy, FOSTA repeal, and anti-gentrification/disenfranchisement of migrant/ BME communities in London (Save the Latin Village - Tottenham). My eternal mission statement is to create political, thought-provoking art that challenges notions of the male gaze, racial and gender identity, intersectionality, capitalism, and consciousness.
I am 19 year old. I came to England from Nigeria when I was 3 years old. I am involved with the Let Us Learn campaign, a group for young migrants that are blocked from accessing higher education and student funding due to their immigration status. Sharing our stories and telling the public the harsh realities of being a young migrant in the UK, and encouraging others that feel alone to join and campaign with us are all part of what I continuously do. I have also been part of “Passports Not Profits” campaign, and more recently, the “No Limitation on Aspiration” campaign.
I am a political cartoonist and welfare rights legal advisor. I combine my knowledge of the law and political cartoons to highlight the failure of justice. I am passionate about getting people in London better access to health care, housing and welfare provision.
I am part of 'The London Latinxs' which is an intersectional feminist group of Latin American community organisers. We campaign around migrant rights and housing issues. I also perform spoken word and play guitar in a band as a creative outlet for my activism.
My campaigning for nearly ten years with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN ) culminated in 2017 with the adoption at the United Nations of a Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), for which ICAN was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I am now campaigning to raise grassroots awareness and convince national governments to sign and ratify this treaty. With ICAN I am also seeking to inform and demonstrate the interconnectedness of this issue with human rights and social and environmental justice, building alliances to generate the impact urgently needed.
I'm a community and youth worker, focussing on gender equality, masculinity, and race, with an emphasis on QTIPOC, and arts practice grounding my work. I work in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. I'm the co-founder of Workshop 44, working in frontline community activism in Hackney estates, a Changemaker with the Advocacy Academy and an ambassador with Great Men. In Scotland I work in anti-racist movements, carving spaces for QTIPOC and teaching critical whiteness. I want to see lasting social change that's measured and considered in its approach and truly works to support people most in need.
I manage a grassroots charity that campaigns and raises awareness of modern day slavery. I’m also a Trustee for a youth counselling charity, the Chair and Founder of Friends of Lloyd Park Group (Croydon), working to ensure the green integrity of this 114-acres woodland space, and a 350.org Divest Parliament Campaign Trainer. I am a member of the Independent Advisory Group on Mental Health to tackle the lack of service uptake in BME communities. I’m in the process of developing a Borough-wide response to the refugee crisis, and volunteering locally with an arts scheme for refugee children.
Shazida Khanum Akhtar
Hi, my name is Shazida. Campaign Bootcamp is the beginning of a lifelong desire of wanting to be part of making changes happen - making the world a kinder place to live in, building bridges (not walls), having & teaching compassion for all of humankind, and helping people achieve freedom from every kind of oppression. My campaign is called EVERY LIFE MATTERS and I truly believe every life does matter. Everyone should be given equal opportunities for growth and development, as everyone possess unlimited potential regardless of their background.
I am a writer, performer, and producer from South East London, now residing in the Midlands. and the author of 'Elephant', a collection of poetry meditating on Black British womanhood. In 2013 I founded the platform, No Fly on the WALL to centre the voices of Black British women and Black women living in the UK and I am the producer of '1500 & Counting', a documentary investigating police brutality in the UK and deaths in custody. My wide portfolio of work focuses on bringing voices on the margins to the centre. To find out more visit: www.sianabangura.com and catch me tweeting at @Sianaarrgh
I am a disabled activist and artist. I am passionate about disability rights and the social model of disability and mental health. I am the founder of More Than 1 Forum, a peer support group for people with long-term comorbidities This forum seeks to improve the care services for disabled people of working age and shaping local services whilst supporting and building peer relationships. I hope to launch a campaign about social care for disabled people of working group after completing the Campaign Bootcamp training.
I joined the British army, aged 17, and was eventually injured in an IED blast on an operation in Afghanistan, which led me to leave the military. I am now a member of the voluntary anti-war organization, Veterans For Peace UK. I currently work as a 1 year Quaker peace worker, where I have been placed at the Peace Pledge Union and Global Justice Now. I have mostly campaigned on veterans’ mental health issues, relating to the effects of military training and the age of enlistment (which is 16!)
I'm currently working as a digital strategist at a campaign agency based in Stockholm, Sweden. In my spare time I work with a movement called ”Suburbs against violence” to raise the issue of increasing deadly shootings in low socioeconomic status areas in Swedish suburbs.