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15 - 20 July, 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 13:
I am a British Muslim woman and the Founder of WeRise - Women Empowered against Racism, Injustice, Sexism and Extremism. I am also a political scientist, informed by theories of intersectional and postcolonial feminism. I am passionate about raising awareness of the multiple ways that Muslim women can be silenced or marginalised in important debates that shape our reality, and creating a platform for our voices to be heard, in order to contribute to a fairer and more peaceful society.
We hope to cross all limitations on aspirations I hope to set an example of how to carry on in education, in the face of hardship. Education knows no bounds.
I work on two discrete campaigning issues, one of which is about trans equality and the other is funeral poverty. Most of my campaigning work is about breaking down barriers for trans and non binary people so that they can have full and equitable access to public amenities and society in general.
I'm a student living in Brighton and a climate activist. Since autumn last year I've been working with Plan B Earth on an exciting legal challenge to the government over their climate policy. They know their targets aren't enough to keep us safe, so we're taking them to court!
I am spending most of my time right now learning how to build an inclusive and strategic movement for animal liberation. I am the co-founder of Radical Think Tank, a network which seeks to develop and share knowledge about how to build effective social movements. I was a deckhand during Operation Nemesis, Sea Shepherd's anti-whaling mission in Antarctica and I have been active in various social justice movements ranging from free education, democracy, the rights of indigenous people and more. I have decided to dedicate my life to the animal liberation movement.
I'm currently a student who is dedicated to the empowerment of youth, women, and vulnerable people. I'm also the Co-Founder of a social initiative that raises awareness and facilitates the transition of children with SEN from primary to secondary school. My conviction for justice and equality of opportunity makes me strive to be a campaigner on the right side of history.
Predominantly, my time as a student campaigner centred around anti-racist and anti-colonial work, and tied into work on broader liberation struggles. I've also worked with legal aid firms to support this element of work. Last year, I entered a more facilitative role, as a sabbatical officer: I have worked to support campaigners, delivered training to officers and campaigned with local activists, on issues such as the NHS and immigration detention. Additionally, I worked alongside others to co-host events/conferences that introduced various topics and shared how to get involved in campaigns.
I am an activist and organiser. I have been primarily involved with decolonising movements within universities, namely SOAS, and I am an active member of Decolonising Our Minds. I hope to campaign more widely on promoting forms of alternative education which are unique from what we currently see and value within schooling. As a black working class woman I am also committed to working on campaigns that seek to challenge systematic inequality embedded in our institutions.
I'm particularly passionate about healthcare, specifically about the NHS. Having survived a traumatic brain injury I am interested in campaigns centred on protecting services for those similarly affected. I am also committed to maintaining and improving provision for anyone with a disability.
For a number of years, I have actively championed the voices and rights of young, autistic and disabled people alike. My involvement stretches across a wide array of charitable organisations, including YoungMinds, Ambitious about Autism and the National Children's Bureau (amongst others!). I currently work as a Regional Coordinator for the South West at Time To Change, as part of their work with children and young people.
I am a marine conservationist and educator trying to bring the underwater world - it's beauty and it's plight - into full view. I voluntarily run an event called SharkFest which aims to change public perceptions about sharks (which are absolutely vital to the health of our oceans and therefore the survival of human beings!), educate about marine plastics, inspire and motivate positive action, and facilitate collaboration between marine organisations. I also have a general interest in sustainable living and founded a food waste project and clothes swap project at University.
I am involved with a lot of the Muscular Dystrophy UK Trailblazers campaigning. I have been contributing to this cause for a number of years as it is very close to home. We are a national network of 700, mostly consisting of young disabled people. We campaign for change, provide guidance, and are experts in what life is like for physically disabled people. We are passionately committed to challenging the barriers in society that stop us from living full and independent lives.
Hello! I'm a campaigner with Time to Change tackling mental health stigma and discrimination, going into schools to run training, working with youth groups, and supporting our Young Champions to share their mental health experiences. I have also campaigned on LGBT+ issues, sexual violence, and disability rights. In my free time you'll find me looking after my pet rats, reading, or spending far too much time debating people online.
I am a part-time fundraiser with Greenpeace and a graduate of the Future Leaders program in Oslo; a personal development program that helps young people to cultivate the mindset and behaviours for sustainable leadership. At the root of my interests is my passion for global justice, especially for those who are most marginalised by the system and whose voices often go unheard. Having recently finished my Masters in International Environmental Studies, I feel strongly about challenging the narratives on global issues, including how we think about and practice international development.
I'm currently running a campaign to value carers. As a carer myself I recognise that carers voices go unheard and their contribution to society is largely unnoticed. Through campaigning I have learnt the power of the personal story and realise change doesn't happen by accident, you have to make it happen. I love a bit of craftivism & cake always helps.
I am a single mum of 2. Many of my campaigns are about the rights of young people: as a teacher this is a real passion for me. Campaigning about girls getting access to wide ranging information about sanitary wear including washable, so they can make an informed choice is very important to me and my 13 year old daughter, who is an advocate for reusable sanitary products.
I'm Kenneth and I'm from Glasgow originally but currently living in south-west London. I lead on air pollution campaigning within my local Green Party and also coordinate election activity. I've just finished coordinating our local elections campaign which has been a really interesting learning curve. I also help coordinate a youth climate campaign through the United Nations and work with young people around the world to campaign for youth voices to reach decision makers. I'm really looking forward to joining Campaign Bootcamp and meeting lots of incredible activists!
I am a History student but spend most of my time campaigning for my University to remove its £377 million of fossil fuel investments, as part of an ongoing 3-year campaign. This has taken the form of creative and disruptive direct action, alongside lobbying and democratic engagement. I am also part of a youth campaign to challenge growing militarism in British society. I care deeply about Labour party politics and defending education as a public good. In my spare time, I cook with friends, read, inevitably talk about politics and love certain forms of dance music ...
Hello, my names Kirsche and I'm attending Campaign Bootcamp in 2018. I'm extremely excited to be able to learn how to campaign with other motivated people. And, I will be using the skills I learn from the Bootcamp to help and inspire other young people to campaign on issues they feel passionate about. I volunteer and work with Child Sexual Exploitation charities to spread awareness of CSE and bring back autonomy for young people.
I'm Kirstie, I'm 21 years old and I'm currently studying Philosophy and Theology at the University of Glasgow. I have been involved in campaigning for a shared future in Northern Ireland, and have taken a keen interest in the Repeal the 8th Campaign in the Republic. I now want to see the basic human rights of those seeking abortion in the North respected and protected.
I am a committed climate, environment, and social justice activist, born and brought up in Tanzania and spending over 20 years working in sub-Saharan Africa. I focus on tackling climate justice and inequality with a previous focus on the international UN climate negotiations. I also work locally on climate justice, energy transition and smallholder agriculture and woodland issues and the links with inequality. I am currently a full-time dad and spend a lot of time on local community issues. and supporting the next generation of eco activists.
I work for Rethink Mental Illness on the Time to Change campaign. I work to amplify the voices of young people with lived experience of mental health problems so together we can change the way everyone thinks and acts about mental health. Creating space for young people to share their voice, learn from each other and be supported is really important to me. As well as caring deeply about changing attitudes towards mental health and mental illness I challenge the attitudes towards gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability which intersect with attitudes about mental health.
I'm a first year undergraduate student studying population health and have experience in sexual health and young people's rights and wellbeing. I care deeply about how social inequalities are reflected in health outcomes, and empowering marginalised groups to bring about their liberation.
My name is Maria and I'm a Peace studies student at the University of Bradford, studying International Relations & Security Studies. My passion is tackling gender inequalities and supporting minority groups. My goal is to become a well rounded social activist. I started my campaigning journey through the student movement and now I am continuing it through my elected role as the Women's & Campaigns officer at the Students' Union.
I'm from Belgium but currently based in London. I have been an activist for social justice for about 15 years working on racism and various discrimination issues. The problems that I focus on now are ethnic profiling and police abuse, and religious dress restrictions in Europe that lead to the exclusion of Muslim women. I try to use the entire spectrum of advocacy and campaigning tools at my disposal to bring about change from creative actions to strategic litigation, policy advocacy, community mobilizing and other, together with fellow activists and human rights defenders across the EU.
I started campaigning in human rights, but have been busier with environmental campaigning since then. There are so many pressing issues that it's sometimes hard to focus on one thing, so I've also campaigned on school funding, preventing cuts that harm people with disabilities, treatment of carers, and also housing (making sure that those with the most pressing need are provided for and that they are built with sustainable transport in mind).
The one thing we share is the air that we breathe. I am passionate about clear air and clean water. I am proud to have been a part of a group of incredible grassroots campaigners who ran a successful campaign against a proposed incinerator in Northampton Town Centre. Our message was simple, 'Your Voice Matters' and brought our community together. Together we can make a difference!!
I'm a human ecologist who lives in Belfast but who works in support of the global movements for climate justice. I am a bit of a jack of all trades, plying my trade primarily in the UN negotiations but trying to reshape narratives around climate change more broadly.
I'm Nikhwat, I'm 25 and my passions are mental health, human rights, animal rights and playing pinball.
I am the Co-Founder and Co-Curator of SheFest, a Sheffield-based not for profit organisation promoting gender equality and diversity through an annual festival and city-wide events. I am passionate about social justice and empowering girls and women to have better opportunities. I am a keen learner and love collaborating with others to make ideas happen.
My name is Tobi, I am a single parent to an amazing 4year old, non-binary, queer, chronically ill survivor and artist. I am a community organiser who is passionate about creating accessible events in sustainable community spaces - especially spaces that can be/are deemed 'safer' for QTIBPOC I care about highlighting how damaging cuts to mental health and domestic violence services have been and finding ways and avenues to remedy this, bringing awareness to the ways that homophobia and transphobia directly impact black people and people of colour at a higher rate because of racism.
For years I have supported a variety of campaigns online but was moved to become more involved. I am starting to find my place as an environmental campaigner. I am particularly active in climate change and oceans, the social injustice climate change leads to and the global effect they have on communities. I support a variety of organisations such as Greenpeace and Divest Parliament and I am planning a campaign to support schools in minimising their environmental waste (which can be high) to get children seeing the difference they can make and to continue these positive actions in their future.
I am very passionate about the welcome and integration of asylum seekers and refugees coming into the UK. I believe in fair treatment for all people in society.
Syrian woman, highly passionate about being a part of the Syrian dream of freedom, dignity and equality, and advocating people's right in living a decent life. I co-founded my voluntary initiative back in Syria, Sanad Group for Aid and Development, and I am so proud of the impact we create. I can't leave anyone behind and always say that we can do more together.
Meet the lead trainers for Bootcamp:
Anna Collins Nham
Anna believes that training spaces are places where real magic and transformation can happen. Experiencing it herself while on Training for Change’s 'SuperT', a 19 day training for trainers in Philadelphia, USA. Her job is to make sure all our trainings contain that magic! She came to Campaign Bootcamp after 6 years in the international climate movement training and supporting activist groups around the world. When not working with a group she is happiest walking in the hills around Sheffield where she lives, out on her bike, or with her head in a book. Anna is Head of Training.
Nim Ralph is a community activist, trainer and facilitator. Nim has held a number of strategic roles in the anti-racist, LGBTQI, women’s and disability sectors. They co-founded QTIPOC London, Purple Rain Collective and are an inaugural member of the Edge Fund. Previous to this they co-founded So We Stand; an organisation linking environmental, social and racial justice in the UK. This won Nim an Olive Morris Memorial Award for activism and they were named a Guardian “Youth Climate Leader”. They also play the drums and love to lip-sync battle.
When she's not training at Bootcamp, Tamara-Jade coordinates outreach for the organisation - that means making sure that our trainings are available to those who might not have access to trainings elsewhere. The bulk of her activism has been centred around gendered violence. She is also interested in black feminism, illustration, group dynamics, celebrity gossip, power and privilege, nail painting, home remedies and binge-watching The L Word.
Here is the team that will support small group reflection and real life scenario practice at Bootcamp:
Ishah is an anti-violence practitioner who is particularly interested in intersecting issues that affect women and girls. Ishah has over 15 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector, providing direct support to women and girls, with a particular focus on violence against BME women, migrant’s rights, the asylum and criminal justice system. She has been responsible for strategic development work and campaigning across the UK in the ending VAWG (Violence against Women and Girls) movement and has been involved in both grassroots activism and UK legal case law.
I'm a British-born Mauritian with mixed heritage. I create things, like music, writing, film, photography and delicious food. I cultivate things, like joy, friendships, patience, solidarity, prosperity and lasting social change.
Sascha is the Volunteer Coordinator at Gendered Intelligence and the Co-Editor of Beyond the Binary, an online magazine for the non-binary community in the UK. They are the founder of Breaking the Binary, the first project supporting non-binary people in Wales and have also been involved in work supporting LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. They have previously lived in Morocco and Ukraine and have a specific interest in international LGBTI policy and queer rights movements with a focus on West Asia & North Africa and Eastern Europe.
Zuher works as a Programme Coordinator for Campaign Boostcamp, the German sister organisation of Campaign Bootcamp. He is very much involved in decolonisation, anti-Islamophobia, and activism with the Syrian civil society. When Zuher's not politically active, you can definitely find him on a QTIBPOC party on the dancefloor or as DJ Xanax_Attax.
These trainers will lead workshops on specialist subjects:
Making videos with your smartphone
Faizan is an award-winning video journalist and a communications consultant who has worked with international news organisations such as the Associated Press Television News, BBC World and the New York Times, as well as local charities such as Age UK and Imaan.
Making videos with your smartphone
Kahra’s background was in youth work before she turned her attention to campaigning. She helped develop a network of young mental health activists at Youth Access, has worked for organisations including Global Justice Now, 38 Degrees, and We Can Win. She now works in communications for the Progressive Alliance and in campaigns and policy for Youth Access.
Kat is an activist, campaigns consultant and the founder of WeHuddle, a community to support and inspire women leading campaigns. She is currently supporting the survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower fire through campaign group, Grenfell United, which fights for justice and change. She also works with Grenfell Speaks which is an organisation that was set up to make sure the media is covering the tragedy responsibly, and also helps survivors engage with the media.
Making videos with your smartphone
Through Alter Eco and VideoRev, organisations that he founded, Richard produces and trains others to create viral campaign videos. He has built an expertise in why people share videos online, and has created videos for organisations including Greenpeace, Amnesty International, 350.org, Friends of the Earth, 38 Degrees and SumOfUs. Just one year after Alter Eco was created, their videos had already been shared over one million times and seen over 50 million times.