Date:
7 - 12 October, 2018

Location:
Gilwell Park, near London.

Campaign Bootcamp is a week-long training residential 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 a 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.

Applications closed at 9am BST on Tuesday 28th August. To be notified when applications open again next year, just pop your details in the sidebar to the left.

Bootcampers

Here's who will be joining us on Bootcamp 14:

Alia Schwelling

My main political and research interests evolve around the topics of intersectional feminism, queerness, anti-racism, decoloniality, migration and anti-capitalism and I have been involved in several social justice projects related to these topics. I am particularly interested in the intersection of anti-Muslim racism and forms of patriarchal oppression, such as queer-phobia and misogyny. I just finished MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS and will be moving back to Berlin.

Allison Fackrell

Most days I am busy as I am a foster carer for parent and baby placements . Supporting them to look after and make strong attachments with their babies , I feel passionate about the lack of empathy for the families of prisoners and the way our prison system treats families and friends of prisoners . Prisoners are still sons , daughter , husbands , being in prison doesn't change that . Our prison system wants to break the bonds of families even though we know that with family support people are less likely to offend I want a prison system that is family/friends friendly

Anu Priya

Since moving from India to the UK in 2010, I have worked and volunteered in various third sector roles. Aside from work, volunteering, and a toddler keeping me busy, I campaign to raise awareness and challenge thinking on several issues that are deeply important to me; including sexual violence and domestic abuse against women - and women of colour in particular, mental health, and, perhaps the issue of most significance personally- anti-racism.

Syriah Bailey

Call me Bailey! I’m a multimedia producer, arts assessor and creative programmer who has worked with queer and trans youth in cities such as Seattle, Toronto and London. At the root of my work lies campaigning and activism for social equity and inclusion through three themes: programming & evaluation, art activism & mentorship, education & inclusion.

Becky Turner

I’ve been involved in several activist architectural groups organising around both anti-gentrification and its relationship to the workplace exploitation of architectural workers. I am passionate about creating alliances between architectural workers and the people who are affected by the work of the industry, in order to change the narrative and resulting destructive developments. I strongly believe that workers have agency and a responsibility to determine the ethics by which they practice and this drives me towards campaigning to unionise the profession.

Clarissa Regede

I am a Zimbabwean youth advocate passionate about young women's sexual and reproductive health rights and not leaving anyone behind in the fight against HIV.

Eilidh Robb

I didn't wake up one day and decide I was going to start campaigning to mitigate climate change. I woke up one day and realised I should have been doing it years ago - and that sense of urgency has carried me through these last 3 years of campaigning. Having engaged in several campaigns in my role with the UK Youth Climate Coalition, moving to tackle the not-so-sexy issue of fracking definitely wasn't my first choice. But the unforgiving realities of fracking, the careless way government is ignoring our democracy, and the need for youth voices to be heard in this movement keeps me fighting!

Espoir Njei

I am a leading member of Kiaros, African Rainbow, Emmaus, all groups that speak out for the under privileged. I campaign for the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and in particular LGBTIQ asylum seekers who are the most vulnerable and highly discriminated in our society as well as fight the hostile environment we find ourselves in. I dream of a world if not a society void of all forms of discrimination. What keeps me busy is seeking ways and means to educate the society of the double standard ideas towards the vulnerable minorities and to navigate through the challenges we face everyday.

Eve

I am currently passionate about highlighting the human rights abuses happening to refugees at the UK border in Northern France. I have been writing to my MP about it, talking to people I know, and have given a couple of talks about it. I have also been fundraising to help grassroots organisations in Northern France to continue supplying basic provisions for displaced people. I live in the north west of England and like to be involved with community work, fundraising, and awareness building. I enjoy drinking tea, eating cake, music, reading books, and writing.

Harry Jefferson-Perry

I am a criminology graduate and youth worker living in London. My academic work focuses on the criminalisation of migrants and people seeking asylum by the Home Office. Since 2015 I have been involved in queer direct-action group Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants. We focus our actions and campaigning on European immigration policy, the UK asylum process, immigration detention centres and deportations. I am also a crew member of The Outside Project which is the UK's first LGBTIQ+ crisis shelter & community centre.

Husain Mukadam

A bright-eyed Pollyana child at heart, adapting to the adult world as efficiently as possible - look that word up! I try to make the world a better place where I can.. At the moment I campaign for my Muslim communities' minority rights, engagement & development (particularly via Media & Politics), though I do wonder (now & then) about campaigning in politics in these interesting times(!) I care a lot about societies' inequality of opportunity in all forms, juxtaposed with my professional aspirations of pulling myself up through entrepreneurship. I also love sport & spiritualism =)

Ibtehal Hussain

I'm heavily involved in anti-arms activism and my work involves actively engaging with passionate students and communities about addressing our responsibility and complicity in an attempt at solidarity. My work on anti-arms trade stems from my passion to fight racism, understanding how I was fuelling the arms trade (in many unintended ways) and my identity. I have organised and worked specifically on issues of demilitarisation, anti-racism and Palestine solidarity.

Irina Tomak

I believe that any change starts at home. People are often defined by their habits, if you can change them, you win, if not you keep trying. This continuous trying is what defines my campaigning. I strive to make people more aware of the impact of their everyday life activities on the environment, of food waste in particular. Food waste is one of the main triggers of climate change and mitigation of climate change is impossible without tackling the issue of food throw-away mentality. I am trying to change the way people think about food, an their role in the problem of food waste as a consumer

Jackie Tait

I have a vision for a fair, inclusive society committed to protecting our natural world. As a former campaigns co-ordinator for the Green Party, and in my current regional role, I have been involved in a range of campaigns. Currently, regional fracking, wellbeing and carcinogenic weedkiller campaigns are keeping me busy, alongside local projects to protect our green spaces and promote low-carbon food choices.

Jalloh Ibrahima

I live in the north east in newcastle and i'm a campaigner! I like campaigning as i enjoy helping and giving a voice for asylum seekers and refuges including my self . my campaigning is involved whit getting a better housing for asylum seekers so that we don't need shear bedrooms permanently as some of us have been in this condition for a very long time. i hope that one day this unjust will stop.it's looking very good so far as the Newcastle council is on our side !!

Jay Kai-Whitewind

I have joined a newly formed group, Bound By Injustice, which supports those affected by wrongful convictions. We are in the early stages of campaigning for greater awareness of the wide implications and impact of such convictions and I am currently involved in fundraising. I passionately believe wrongful convictions, and the variable impact of these, is grossly under reported, understood or researched. I believe the psychological impact, the sense of isolation, fear and anxiety, can be eased by uniting with others experiencing the same and further believe that such contact can lead to change.

Josephine Larcher

I’m Josephine originally from Wales now living in the south East, I’m mum to two young girls, one of whom is Autistic. Having a child with special needs has thrust me into the world of special needs and disability education (SEND). I’ve become very accustomed to the lack of provision, the onus on parents to fight for their children’s right to an education. I’m passionate about wanting better for children and young people who already face too many challenges in life.

Kate Young

I work as Brexit and Chemicals Campaigner for CHEM Trust, an environmental NGO that works at a UK, EU and global level to campaigns to protect human health and wildlife from hazardous chemicals. The aim of my campaign is to ensure that the UK remains as close as possible to the EU’s main chemicals regulatory system (known as REACH) post-Brexit, the best possible option to protect public health and the environment. Previously I have experience advocating on rare disease policy, conducting issue-led campaigning on behalf of a range of patient organisations and charities.

Majeda Ibrahim Krban

I am a human rights defender and a feminist activist - that makes me responsible for keeping an eye on all the violations and abuses which happened against women in my country, especially now because it has a conflict! To do this I have to campaign and advocate on all the issues related to human rights... I am interested to be trained on how to do this in a way can convince the others to help and advocate my case . So I always try to expand my network to have as many friends, human rights NGOs and even people in the streets to tell them about what happened in my country.

Moe Garret Gotch

I'm a campaign manager/homeless outreach support worker of Opsafe Brighton a community lead project. I'm really passionate about creating social change, building community spirit, and being a voice of the most vulnerable members of society. I believe that it is our moral duty to help others in need.

Mirriam Mutanda

My faith coupled with my personal experience here in the UK and back in my native country have been a catalyst in my campaigning for social justice in society. I believe that together we can help create; safe, just, peaceful, caring, responsible societies that allow for integration and that we can embrace and celebrate our diversity and live in societies where there is liberty and freedom and where everyones human rights are upheld. I have always endeavoured to be 'voice for the voiceless' and I have done this by using my creatitve skills to engage in activism.

Mohaned Elnour

I am a human rights lawyer, I used to help the vulnerable groups in my home. Now I am an asylum seeker in the UK. In my experience over last few months, I believe asylum seekers are one of the most vulnerable groups in the UK. I want to speak out of behalf of many asylum seekers and migrants and defend their rights and dignity.

Nancy Esiovwa

I'm Nancy. I love doing and learning new things thats what keeps me busy. The aim and goal of my campaign is to see a total reform on immigration system in the UK. * Where by those who are going through the system as an Aslyum seekers and others are treated fairly and as human not as paper work. * People should not be kept in limbo for years not knowing what is going on with their applications. * They should have right to work and pay tax while they are waiting for a reply from the Home Office. * Right to study to degree level not just Maths, English and any level 2 coures.

Rosamund Liebeskind

As an activist I mainly work with in education, running a variety workshops for young people such as queer history workshops, sex education, and wellbeing/self care. I do this because I want young people from marginalised backgrounds see them selves represented in curriculums and are taught in a way that is accessible and enjoyable. This is why I've also campaigned for mental health awareness and decolonisation in school environments. Outside of education I've campaigned around gendered violence and austerity. In my free time I can be found writing, reading or cooking.

Sara Chitseko

I'm a volunteer with The 4Front Project - a youth-led social enterprise on a mission to empower young people and communities to live free from violence. A key focus of my work has been the launch of a new campaign called 4MATION. The campaign aims to create solutions and demand urgent action to address violence in the UK. Too often, the voices of young people are silenced and the violence impacting young people is getting worse. We believe that as young people, we need to make demands for the support, resources and services we need to improve our lives and our communities.

Sarah Davies

I am Sarah and I am passionate about raising awareness of autism and issues in the autistic community. I run an autistic adult group, where I try and support people to get their voices heard.

Sharna Crawford

I am a bubbly and energetic person who loves to socialise and meet new people. I have a passion for young peoples well being and mental health. My campaign aspires to bring communities including schools together in tackling not only stigma in mental health but preventing it.

Sonja Potenze

I am an environmental and women's rights activist and change-maker currently involved in Ni Una Menos UK, London Radical Mindfulness and the UK degrowth movement. Passionate about sustainability and the environment, human rights and equality, society and politics, I am especially interested in ecofeminism, environmental justice, economic thinking that challenges the growth paradigm, and voluntary simplicity. I want to do all I can to create a society based on cooperation and caring instead of dominance and competition.

Sophie Morrison

I work at Peace Pledge Union primarily overseeing the white poppy campaign, which promotes remembrance for all victims of war, of all nationalities, and symbolises a challenge to the militarisation of some Remembrance ceremonies. At PPU we also campaign around issues of militarisation within wider society. I'm particularly interested in this in relation to the targeting of young working class people into the armed forces, especially through events and activities designed to make life in the armed forces seem like great fun.

Veecca Smith Uka

I am a single mother of three, an award-winning community volunteer, and the Winner of the Woman of the Year Award 2018 at the Migrants Organise and UNHCR Women on the Move Awards. currently studying for an MSc in Marketing at Edinburgh Business School Herriot Watt University. A lesbian woman and LGBTIQ+ campaigner from Nigeria who is seeking safety in the UK based on her sexual orientation, Co-founder of Sisters United Halifax; a self led group.Also a Secretary of African Rainbow Family, a charitable organisation that supports the LGBTIQ community in Manchester including those seeking asylum.

Vuyana Mthimkulu

What keeps me busy about the issues l care for is meeting other activists that have direct experiences, knowing that they are so many people out there who care and support who are willing to challenge the community.

Yemi Amusan-Fagborun

I am a qualified teacher, now I am a Pastor and CEO of a charity. I have BA Hons (Peace Studies) and MA (Women’s Studies). I am a qualified school teacher with NCE in Business Studies, worked many years in primary and secondary schools. For my MA degree in Women’s Studies I researched ‘Effects of Polygamy.’ I am a national campaigner on female genital mutilation (FGM) and very keen about gender violence. I currently coordinate Bradford community multi-agency that brings together public, community and voluntary sectors and professionals.

Zad El Bacha

I campaign for migration rights, mainly focusing on creating structures of protection for migrant women and children. This often crosses over into working around sexual assault and sex trafficking, as well as housing and homelessness. I'm based between Italy (where I work with progetto20k with refugees on the border between Italy and France) and Oxford, where I attend university and campaign around housing rights. I also do theatre and poetry, and have a debut show on at the Camden People's Theatre this november!

Zlakha Ahmed

I am passionate about violence against women and have been campaigning on related issues now for the past 22 years. I am vocal in my local community as well as regionally & nationally, voicing issues affecting particularly BME women & girls. I have spoken at national events on islamophobia, racism, sexual violence & domestic violence. As well as having led as well as supported many petitions and rallies.

Kush Kanodia

I am a Social Entrepeneur and have developed a portfolio career helping a number of organisations from charities and social enterprises to non-profit organisations globally. Elected as Governor in 2015 for the Chelsea Westminster Foundation Trust Hospital, one of the leading foundation trust hospitals in England, consisting of 5500 staff members and serving a population of 1 million people London. I persuaded the Trust against charging for Disabled Blue Badge holders at their Chelsea Westminster site in 2018 and am now campaigning for free disabled parking at all NHS hospitals in England.

Trainers

Meet the lead trainers for Bootcamp:

Nim Ralph

Lead Trainer

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.

Tamara-Jade Kaz

Lead Trainer

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.

Facilitators

Here is the team that will support small group reflection and real life scenario practice at Bootcamp:

Josh Virasami

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.

Zuher Jazmati

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 dance floor or as DJ Xanax_Attax.

Noni Makuyana

Activist and artist Nonhlanhla graduated from Bootcamp 10. She is currently working on building youth engagement with Positive Money, a campaigning organisation which is working towards a fairer, more sustainable and democratic economy. Nonhlanhla has a passion for educating and giving young people a platform to become active agents in shaping society for the better, and ensuring that people of colour have a voice in economic debates.

Sue Balcomb

Trainer

Sue was the England Director for Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme for 8 years and comes to Bootcamp with over 30 years’ experience of running  and delivering projects in both the statutory and voluntary sector in the UK and Latin America. A passionate campaigner, Sue uses community development principles and practice to challenge injustice and be part of creating change with marginalised communities. Sue works on the Everyday Activism programme.

Specialist Trainers

These trainers will lead workshops on specialist subjects:

Richard Roaf

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.

Kahra Wayland-Larty

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.

Faizan Fiaz

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.

Kat Sladden

Messaging

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.

What Will I Learn at Bootcamp?

What is a residential like?

The Campaign Bootcamp residential is a reflective and experiential training space. This means lots of time to think about your own campaigning, to learn from other people, and to try out new things supported by our training team and campaigners from across many different movements. 

We see Campaign Bootcamp as a space for new campaigners, as well as those who have grassroots experience and are looking for a space in which to reflect on and renew their campaigning. If you’re not sure if it’s for you, just drop us a line on hello@campaignbootcamp.org, and we can talk it through with you.

What do we cover?

  • Day 1 – Getting to know each other: introductions to Bootcamp and each other; setting expectations for the week
  • Day 2 – Setting your direction: clarifying your campaign’s values; exploring who holds power; identifying goals, objectives, strategies and targets
  • Day 3 – Who’s involved?: analysing the strengths and weaknesses of your campaign team; showing care for yourself and your team; how to bring people on board (and retain them)
  • Day 4 – Constructing your message: communicating your campaign; interacting with the media; interview skills
  • Day 5 – Getting your message out there: creating social media content; making viral campaign videos with your phone
  • Day 6 – Your campaigning story: storytelling for campaigning; setting boundaries in storytelling

You will also take part in real life campaign scenarios, receive storytelling and skills-based training from external campaigners and trainers, and spend time exploring identity and how to navigate conflict. See more about Bootcamp’s curriculum and training style here.

By the end of the week the aim is for you to have lots of practical tools and ideas that you can apply to your campaigning and for you to be part of a strong community of campaigners from whom you can draw support after the residential is over.

Costs & scholarships

There are two types of place at Bootcamp, a Scholarship place and a Paid place. Most people attend on a Scholarship place, which covers up to the full cost of the Bootcamp experience (although we do ask everyone to make a contribution of some kind if they can). The training fee, accommodation, food and travel can all be covered by the scholarship. To apply, just tick the appropriate box(es) on the application form, and we do the rest! Paid places are for people who work in campaigning at an NGO. We offer a sliding scale based on the organisation's income.

Scholarship places

For people not working in campaigning

£0 - £3,500

You pay what you can afford

Paid places

For people working in campaigning

£500 fee

For organisations with income under £200,000

£1,500 fee

For organisations with income from £200,000 - £600,000

£3,500 fee

For organisations with income over £600,000

Scholarships available for Bootcamp 14

Jo Cox Scholarship

Established in honour of murdered MP Jo Cox, this scholarship supports women campaigning for a kinder, fairer and more just world. This scholarship is open to trans, non-binary, cis and intersex women in the UK.

Scholarship for Migrants

This scholarship is for migrants (including refugees and asylum seekers) based in the UK who campaign on any issue. Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Scholarship for Policing and Criminal Justice Campaigners

This scholarship can support any campaigners tackling injustice in policing and the criminal justice system, including police brutality, deaths in police custody, excessive or unjust sentencing laws, police spying, unjust treatment of prisoners, stop and search laws, campaigners fighting for prison reform or abolition, and more. It was voted on by members of the Bootcamp community.

Susan Cook Scholarship for Disabled Activists

This scholarship for UK disabled activists was established by Bootcamp alumni Susan Cook, and is funded by the John Ellerman Foundation. The scholarship can include support for access costs.

Clean Air Scholarship

This scholarship is for people campaigning for cleaner air in the UK. It is funded by the Children's Investment Fund Foundation.

Greenpeace Scholarship

This scholarship is for environmental activists in the UK, and is funded by the Greenpeace Environmental Trust.

Scholarship for Campaigners of Colour / BAME Campaigners

This scholarship is for campaigners of colour / BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) campaigners anywhere in the UK. It is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Scholarship for Systemic Change

This scholarship, funded by the Franks Family Foundation, supports working class/low-income people working on systemic issues, in particular education, health, nutrition/food safety and housing. Recipients of this scholarship must be willing to meet the funder.

General Scholarship Funding

We have general funding for a broad range of demographics including, but not limited to, LGBTQ+ folk in campaigns; disabled people in campaigns; people of marginalised genders in campaigns; working class campaigners; refugee and migrant campaigners; and parents and carers in campaigns in the UK.

Testimonials

Don't take our word for it! Hear what our graduates have to say about their Bootcamp experience.

FAQs

How does the application process work?

The application process has two stages. The first is a written application form that will ask you about yourself, your experience, why you want to come to Campaign Bootcamp and couple of short questions to help us understand your potential as a campaigner. If we think you’re a good match for Bootcamp we’ll invite you to a Skype or phone interview.

The interview will be about 20 minutes long and will be with two members of our Bootcamp selection team. We’ll ask you more about yourself and what you want to do with the skills you’ll learn at Bootcamp.

What do you look for in applicants?

We believe that campaigning works best when those directly experiencing an issue are the ones to decide how to confront it, so we love to train up ambitious campaigners who advocate for their own communities.

We believe that you can never be too old to campaign and encourage activists of all ages to apply (though you have to be over 18!).

We make an effort to centre those from marginalised backgrounds across the board at Bootcamp. We want to train up those less likely to have access to great training elsewhere.

We’re interested in your ambition and experience in activism, whether that’s in a community setting or a more formal NGO one. We also want to know how our training might impact your campaign work. Bootcamp isn’t about what qualifications you have, it’s about having the drive to make a change! If that sounds like you, Campaign Bootcamp awaits!

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline to apply for Bootcamp 14 is 9am BST on Tuesday 28th August.

How do I pay for Bootcamp?

Most people who come on Bootcamp come on a scholarship. This means that up to the whole cost of the week (the training, accommodation, meals and sometimes travel) is covered by external funding. We encourage everyone to contribute what they can to the cost of the training.

It’s easy to apply for a scholarship – you simply tick the relevant box(es) on the application form. We work hard to make Bootcamp as accessible as possible to campaigners from all walks of life, and our scholarships aim to reflect the value we place on diversity. You’ll be considered for all the scholarships for which you are eligible.

People who work for NGOs pay for some or all of their place on Bootcamp. The breakdown is:

Annual budget of NGO         Cost of Bootcamp per person

Over £600,000                       £3,500

£200,000 – £600,000             £1,500

Under £200,000                     £500 or less

I don't live in the UK, can I come on Bootcamp?

If you live outside the UK and work for a big organisation (such as Oxfam or Greenpeace) that will pay for your place and your travel, then you can apply for Bootcamp.

For Bootcamp 14, we do not have scholarships for people living outside the UK.

I don't think I'm eligible for a scholarship, can I still apply?

If you don’t think you are eligible for any of the scholarships and you don’t work for an NGO, and live in the UK, then you can apply under our General Scholarship. This is extra funding we’ve secured to cover additional scholarships for people. If we think you’d be great for Bootcamp, then we’ll try and find a way to secure your place. Just tick ‘None of these apply, but I’d still like a scholarship, please!’ on the application form.

I work for an NGO but I don't think they will be able to pay for my place on Bootcamp, can I still apply?

Get in touch! We’ll help you convince your workplace to fund your place.

I campaign outside of work, but work for a large NGO who won't pay for my place. Can I apply for a scholarship?

Unfortunately, not right now. We’re working on more funding streams, but at the moment if you work for a large NGO in any capacity, then they would have to pay for your Bootcamp place.

Where will Bootcamp take place?

We are excited to announce we have a new venue for our 2018 residential trainings: Gilwell Park. Gilwell Park is a training and events venue with onsite, hotel-style acommodations located in deep in Epping Forest. It is easy to get to from London (only a short drive from Chingford Station). Highlights include:

  • Beautiful, tranquil location and training spaces
  • A rural environment only a stone’s throw from London
  • Good wheelchair accessibility
  • Onsite mosque and other religious buildings
  • Experienced catering staff that can accommodate a wide variety of dietary requirements
  • Short distance to local shops
  • Onsite bar and cafe (for when you need a break!)

Is Bootcamp is only for Londoners?

No, not at all! Bootcampers come from all over the UK and sometimes beyond. We offer travel bursaries for any UK Bootcampers who need them.

Where do I stay on Bootcamp?

Everyone coming on Bootcamp stays on site, in either a shared hotel-style room or sometimes in a single. We have breakfast, lunch and dinner on site every day and use indoor and outdoor space for our training.

I have special dietary requirements. Will there be something for me to eat on Bootcamp?

Yes, we cater to most dietary requirements, however we do ask that these are allergies/intolerances or life choices (vegan, halal etc.) rather than simple food preferences.

Will Bootcamp be accessible?

We strive to make Bootcamp as accessible as possible. The Bootcamp venues are accessible for wheelchair users, and we will work one-on-one with you and the venue to try and meet any other requirements you may have. If you have any concerns or questions about accessibility just get in touch.

I want a job in campaigning, will Bootcamp help me do that?

Our mission is  to train a new generation of campaigners, and lots of Bootcamp graduates end up working in campaigning. However, we are not a recruitment agency and our mission is not to get people jobs in campaigning; it’s to support campaigners to choose the best path for themselves and their communities.

Anything else?

If you’ve got a question that hasn’t been answered here, then get in touch and we’ll do our best to give you an answer!